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Prayer for the Month: A Sailor's Lot

You may have looked out to sea during a storm, when the sky was angry and the sea wild, and thought, I'm glad I'm not out there'.

A lot of people are out there, whatever the weather or season, carrying our trade and keeping food on our tables. Sailors bring in the tea that refreshes you, the coffee that warms your heart, the car that gets you through the storm and the fuel it uses to get you home.

Life at sea is hard. It always has been. Those of us who live on shore cannot imagine what it is like to fight through the icy North Atlantic in order to bring the ship to port. Sailors live and work among these hardships and dangers for months at a time, far from their families, and sustained only by camaraderie and a tradition of uncomplaining courage.

Unfortunately, for many seafarers and their families the hardship does not end when they reach harbour. The ancient dangers of the sea are joined by modern perils: declining fish stocks, oppressive regulations, dwindling communities, unemployment, poverty and the consequent strains on family life.

This month, they deserve our thanks as well as our prayers.

Your Daily Prayer
Loving Father, I offer you all that I do today: my thoughts, works, joys and sufferings. I desire to join my heart this day to the heart of your Son, who gave himself up totally to your service and to the service of others. Through your Spirit, may I live like him, joined to his offering in the Eucharist.

I pray with Mary and the whole Church
For the Pope's intentions this month.

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