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PRAYER BEFORE PREPARING A HOMILY
Holy Jesus, Model of Preachers, ...
you who delighted those who heard you with your simple stories and profound insights, come to my aid as I prepare to create this homily. My personal gifts for such a work seem limited, but I believe profoundly that if I but empty my heart of myself, that you will flood that heart with words that you want spoken.
May the Sacred Words of Scripture fall like seeds upon my spirit to be nourished by the flesh and blood of my own sufferings and struggles to be holy. Help me, Lord to speak only what I believe, and the will to live what I shall proclaim, so that my whole life may be my homily.
May I experience this time of preparation as prayer. May my efforts to re-shape the message of the gospels to fit this age and to launch those persons who seek You in the midst of their daily lives be truly prayerful.
Send forth your Spirit and touch my heart as I now begin this prayer,
in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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