For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading below serves as a wonderful reminder how important it is to keep hope close to my heart. Anna had plenty of reasons to lose hope as she moved through Life's disappointments, trials and tribulations. In fact, the older she became, the more her hope increased. Her hope was so strong that she expected only Goodness from You. Her committment to You every single day only increased her hope and Faith. Anna was anything but cynical and skeptical as she advanced in age. This has caused me to wonder, what do I do that feeds my hope? I know that anything that I desire, takes action on my part, including my hope. I must feed my hope and my hope is You. Thank You for this wonderful awareness today that taking action, including taking action on my hope, is entirely up to me.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity,
37 and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of Him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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