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In an effort to encourage and promote among our community members more interaction, communication and spiritual support for one another, Divine Office has been working on a new email notification system where members will get an email informing them each time they received:

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– New comments on topics they liked

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  1. edenj says:

    I don’t know how to comment or respond to the intercessory prayers. I can only “like.” There are people who need encouragement and I don’t know how to respond to them.

  2. Gill Babeu says:

    Lookimg forward to anything new. PLEASE make easy to follow and not co plicated most like myself are,simple people trying to serve the ASTER best we can;each and Shalom. Fr. Gill

  3. Teresa Viechweg says:

    My deepest thanks and appreciation to all those who have responded to my request for prayers. I deeply and firmly believe that God answers prayers. We have all bombarded Him with our request that He take control of the situation. He is in Charge. He also said that if we ask and if we believe and trust in Him, we shall receive. I know that we are not asking for evil, but for the good of a soul.Peace and All Good.Teresa

  4. M. Angélica says:

    USCCB.ORGPsalm 91 A prayer of someone who has taken refuge in the Lord, possibly within the Temple (Ps 91:12). The psalmist is confident that God’s presence will protect the people in every dangerous situation (Ps 91:313). The final verses are an oracle of salvation promising salvation to those who trust in God (Ps 91:1416).* [91:1] The shelter of the Most High: basically “hiding place” but in the Psalms a designation for the protected Temple precincts, cf. Ps 27:531:2161:5. The shade of the Almighty: lit., “the shadow of the wings of the Almighty,” cf. Ps 17:836:857:263:8Ps 91:4 makes clear that the shadow is an image of the safety afforded by the outstretched wings of the cherubim in the holy of holies.* [91:1112] The words are cited in Lk 4:1011Mt 4:6, as Satan tempts Jesus in the desert.

    • Teresa Viechweg says:

      Yes, if we trust and believe in God, He will guard and protect us. We do have to believe and realize that “GOD IS IN CHARGE and that He does what He does and does so very well”. When we realize that He is in Charge of us and our lives, we can live more safely and securely in His comfort.We also have to remember what Jesus said to His mother Mary, when at the Wedding Feast at Cana, she said to Him that they had no wine. She said to the waiters. “Do whatever He tells you. The same applies to us in our lives.

  5. Patrece Mayerle says:

    Help me! have been struggling to understand the readings in Revelations. Any Advise?

    • Fred Ganssle says:

      Dr. Michael Barber has a highly recommended CD or MP3 entitled Unlocking the Book of Revelation and it only costs $3.95. Get it by going to Unlocking the Book of Revelation (MP3) – Catholic Market. He is highly recommended by Dr. Scott Hahn.

    • John Strathern says:

      Well Patrice, you are not alone. I am not personally fond of the Book of Revelation for a variety of reasons; even though I have read quite a bit from respected authors. Anyway, I am not “fond” of it although I read it when it’s included in the Liturgy.

    • Carol Ann Allen says:

      I cannot understand revelations at all. I wish somewhere there were a scripture study on the book of revelations. I read and listen to them because they are part of the liturgy of the hours and since they are in Scripture, they are word. If anyone has an explanation, I too would be grateful.

      • Hunt says:

        The most credible explanation of Revelations that I’ve heard had to do with understanding everything as metaphor and symbol. The book is said to have been written by St. John in a cave on the island of Patmos where he’d been exiled. It was during severe persecution and everything had to be written in “code”, as it were. This makes the book open to interpretation (of its figurative language) by anyone who’s very familiar with the history of the time. I don’t try to understand it because I know I don’t know enough of the history; so much of that history would only be known by people of the time.

    • Patricia Gallagher says:

      Dear Patrece,The Book of Revelation is a combination of many types of symbolic language, prophecy, retrospective, history… It’s not “easy” for anyone! There are many “expert interpretations”! Be patient with yourself. Before you read the Liturgy of the Hours, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as He wills. Trust that you’ll receive so much grace from your practice of prayer. In time, you’ll find that, seemingly “out of the blue,” you will understand what God means YOU to hear in His Word.God bless you!Pat

  6. Henry Guay says:

    To all my brothers and sisters in this community, I too wish to thank you for remembering me in prayer. I can relate to Gloria, as I to had parents who would encourage me to offer things to God. Though at the time I did not understand it or could truly appreciate it, I am thankful today I was taught that lesson. Over the past 35 years as I’ve sat in my cell, I could not begin to imagine I would ever make it to the end of this prison sentence, but every now and again I would remember that lesson taught to me so long ago; to offer it up to God, that here I sit all these years later at the end of my prison sentence, getting ready to face society in the “free” world. God is great all the time. All the time God is great. Amen.

    • Teresa Viechweg says:

      I have not only learned to offer it up, but also learned to thank God for the pains and sufferings in my life, because I sincerely believe they help to make me into the person that God wants me to be.

      • Dena Hunt says:

        I can be grateful for my past pain and even my past sins because I can see how I grew from those experiences. I don’t confuse that gratitude with the submissiveness and self-abandonment the saints and martyrs experienced.

      • Henry Guay says:

        Teresa, I agree with you 100%. My dad when I was a little boy taught us kids to offer our sacrifices for the souls in Purgatory, and they in turn would pray for us.

    • Merle Miller says:

      I will put you on my prayer list! I was, at one time, a case manager for a halfway house that served people soon to be released from federal prison. You will need to continue to exercise even more patience as you go through the process of ‘de-institutionalizing’ yourself, finding employment, etc. I pray that you will have access to post release resources that will help you with this adjustment.

      • Henry Guay says:

        Merle, thank you. There is nothing I could use more than prayers. Navigating the de-institutionalization will in itself be a great challenge, but I know God has had me all these years, He’ll continue to have me. I just need to continue to fight the little pesky demons of doubt, which cause me to start stressing over my release.

    • Kathryn Carter says:

      Let us know when you are released. If it were me I would greatly appreciate comments and attaboys from the members here at Divine Office

      • Henry Guay says:

        Katheryn, I will be released on February 6th of next year, God willing. Upon my release I am hoping to find a community of prayer and a healthy fear of God’s laws. What I mean by that is a community of people who are proud to love God through prayer and love of neighbor.

    • Tom Chlebeck says:

      Henry,You took two and now you are hitting to right or left on the third strike. Keep it in fair territory. Metanoia: Change of mind or purpose. Maranatha (ma-ra-na-tha): Ancient Christian prayer-word. It means “Come Lord”. Take care, man.TC

    • Carol Ann Allen says:

      Praying for you and thanking God this time of suffering has brought you closer to Him

    • Pamela Morgan OFS says:

      Hello. Just a few thoughts. If you plan to go to a Catholic church after release, please make an effort to build relationships in your faith community. Make an appointment with the priest and share your fears. Join a prayer group or Bible study. You might want to go to RCIA to review the principles of our faith. Find a ministry. Your relationship with Christ will deepen as you go on this journey. Be open to transformation at all times! My prayer group and I will be praying for you. Look often at the image of the Divine Mercy– Jesus, I trust in you.

      • Henry Guay says:

        Pamela,Thank you for replying to my post. I do plan on making connections with a Catholic community upon my release. I was actually speaking with my sister and a friend of mine about finding either a men’s retreat or a Monastery where I can go and spend time alone with Jesus in prayer and contemplation. While there I could make (with the guidance of a holy priest) an examination of conscience and a good confession, so that I can truly have a clean start. Thank you for your continued prayers. God Bless.

    • Teresa Viechweg says:

      Henry, as you are coming to the end of your prison term, I would like you to remember that “God is in charge, He does what he does and does so very well”. He allows things to happen for a reason or a season. Thank Him always. You’ve asked for prayers, and that you will receive. But most importantly is the ability to attend Mass as often as you can and to receive Communion – The Eucharistic – which is the true body and blood of Christ. Receiving daily Communion or, as often as you can, brings you to life in the life of Christ, because he says,: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6.54). Having received Communion in the Spirit of Christ – sanctity – after confessing your sins, you will see a remarkable change in your life. May God bless you.

    • Gretchen says:

      Henry, my prayers go with you as you enter this long awaited new period of your life. May you have success in finding lodging, employment, friendship and support throughout this big change. You have “offered it up” for a long time, may you continue to find that strength in your new life. Thanks for reminding me of that lesson I learned (and forgot) so long ago. You are in my prayers.

    • John Strathern says:

      Henry, I can’t imagine all that you have gone through all of these years, nor can I imagine all that you will go through in your release to society.m I will keep you in my prayers a special way. You have a lot to deal with in a very complex world and human existence. I will you well and hope.

    • Carol Ann Allen says:

      You are an inspiration like the good thief. I will pray for you that the transition goes smoothly and you will grow closer to God each day of your life cling to the liturgy of the hours because the psalms give us every prayer, we could possibly hold in our hearts through joy and sorrow because they are gods word from scripture. We know they are perfect prayers. Pray for me as I pray for you.

    • Patrece Mayerle says:

      i hope and pray for your success. may Christ walk with you and give you strength.

    • Carol Ann Allen says:

      God bless you for your beautiful attitude turning to God, joining your sufferings to His rather than to bitterness and resentment. Today’s Gospel was the vine and the branches. You sure clinging to The VINE

  7. Sr. Carol Therese says:

    I am so grateful for this community. Seeking God presence, and all the aspects of each of our lives. I can be so distracted . He is so loving, so patient, so generous . I am not worthy . Thank you for this beautiful community who reminds me of your great love even for this daughter. Open my heart please today dear Father , that I may love more ,that I will have endless patience with others. Sharing I love you have given me with all I encounter. I need only you Father . May God bless each one of you abundantly this day keep you safe and close to His heart and His mother’s heart .Be not fearful today or tomorrow. Romans : 5 clearly states God will make good for us of all our crosses. And that all one encounter today and always because we are His beloved children.. this has been so true in my life . I Could not have predicted the roads traveled that had brought me so much closer to my heavenly father. And benefited me in so many ways. God has an amazing plan for you, our country and the world he is in charge spite the noises we hear from others. Thank you Jesus for loving me. I rambled on and on this morning God bless you. Have a blessed day.

  8. Esther Davis says:

    Suffering! So redemptive. Never fail to keep “offering it up”. God can use it for more than we will ever know. Praise Him in all of His marvelous works.

  9. Sr. Carol Therese says:

    My experience has been that suffering in my life. Has been Is a blessing in disguise. Part of our human experience. I do believe it has taught me so many things that I needed to ask God for the Grace to correct in me . Putting aside my selfishness, & self-centeredness, and strengthening the ability to give comfort, & empathy for others who suffer . It has been a gift. Not wrapped, but experienced . Thank you Jesus for knowing the human condition ,for coming as a baby to live among us. Teaching us to love . Give me many opportunities today to Share your great love with I encounter . Praise be to our heavenly father, for loving us so much to send us, Jesus.

  10. Dena Hunt says:

    John, remember the Catholic concept of suffering. It’s unique to Catholics and possibly our greatest treasure.

    • John Strathern says:

      Thank you. But, I don’t think I’d unique to Catholics or even Christian’s as a whole. But, it does give us a meaning. But thank you.

      • Dena Hunt says:

        Suffering is not unique to anyone, but I know of no other faith that upholds a doctrine of redemptive suffering which can be a grace if it is embraced as reparatory. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one, of course. And yes, that is a very powerful meaning.

      • Gloria Hensley says:

        My Catholic mother would always say “offer it up”. I knew not what that actually meant as a child, but when I finally grew up, I recognized what she meant. We can ‘offer up’ our own sufferings for those who are suffering likewise to share and lessen their suffering and in retrospect, even lessen our own. We offer it along with Jesus’ suffering on the Cross – we are joining with Christ on the Cross in bringing healing to many. That is an awesome thing to meditate on and recognize. We most likely will never know the full extent of grace to which these prayers, offered in union with Christ, serve others and ourselves. I feel like I am rambling because it’s so difficult to express the depth of God’s love for us.

      • Carol Ann Allen says:

        Yes, we were also told to offer it up, but I think, and I am not a theologian, it would be more accurate or more meaningful to say offer it to God offer it in union with the suffering of Christ. I am not good on chapter and verse but somewhere St Paul says I make up in my body what is lacking in the suffering of Christ and I think I heard a priest explain that nothing is lacking in the suffering of Christ but we unite our suffering with him for the redemption of the world.

  11. John Strathern says:

    You are not praying alone. My wife Cathy has a number of physical issues. I pray for some relief for her, physically. and, I pray that she keeps her faith in the Father, has peace, and understanding. We pray this Divine Office every night together. I then give her a foot rub, tuck her her properly; she has depressed fractures in her back. Unable to ever get comfortable. Anyway, I do think of this community at Compline.

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