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Prayer for the Month: Word of God

Saint Augustine writes that once, before his conversion was complete, when he was all confused and in doubt about the Christian faith, he heard a child from a neighbouring house chanting and repeating, ‘Take up and read; take up and read.' (in Latin, 'Tolle, lege.') Augustine understood it was a message for him.

He opened the Holy Scripture and read the first chapter he came across. Hefound exactly the answer he was looking for. He writes: ‘Instantly, as the sentence ended - by a light, as it were, of security infused into my heart - all the gloom of doubt vanished away.' (Confessions, VIII, 12)

The Word of God is ‘alive and active.' (Hebrews 4:12) lt comes from heaven to give life to our souls, in the same way as rain and snow come down to water the earth and make it flourish (Isaiah 55:10). In a similar way as when we receive the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit is present and active in the Holy Scripture and in us when we read it with faith (Catechism, n.103). As it was with Saint Augustine, through the Bible, the Holy Spirit gives us strength, inspiration and joy.

Your Daily Prayer
Most Loving Father, I offer you the prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world. May the Holy Spirit give me the strength to be a witness to your love.

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

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