You Are All I have in The Land of The Living

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 I called to You, Lord; You are my refuge.
You are all I have in the land of the living.

 

Father,Your Son Jesus gave His mother to the Church, a perfect example of faith:
may we accept Your word in faith, as she did.

 

You strengthened Mary to stand at the foot of the cross and filled her with joy at the resurrection:
by her intercession lighten our sorrow and reinforce our hope

 

If You, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with You is found forgiveness:
for this we revere You.

 

 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

 

 From the rising of the sun to its setting, great is the name of the Lord.
High above the heavens is His glory.

    Man Has Been Created by God for a Destiny of Happiness

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    If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.

     

     Lord, Your faithfulness reaches up to the clouds.
    – Your judgements reach down to the depths.

     

     Man has been created by God for a destiny of happiness beyond the reach of earthly trials. Moreover, the Christian faith teaches that bodily death, to which man would not have been subject if he had not sinned, will be conquered; the almighty and merciful Saviour will restore man to the wholeness that he had lost through his own fault. God has called man, and still calls him, to be united in his whole being in perpetual communion with himself in the immortality of the divine life. This victory has been gained for us by the risen Christ, who by his own death has freed man from death.

     

     For even if one is perfect among the sons of men,
    yet without the wisdom that comes from you
    he will be regarded as nothing