Thought for today


Prayer of Pope Francis for Jubilee Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money, the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy: you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen

Prayers for those away from home

Loving God, we pray for those whom we love, but who are absent from us.

Keep them safe from all harm, evil and danger.

Bless them with peace, laughter, wisdom , love and joy.

Grant that we may be reunited in the fullness of love;

In Christ’s name we pray. AMEN


For our loved ones far away

St Colmcille, who suffered the pain and grief of exile, watch over the children of Ireland, scattered throughout the world. Obtain for them solace and courage, and keep them true to God in every trial and temptation. Amen.


Prayer for a child who has left home

She/he is far away, lonely and alone. She/he is starting a new life in a city where she/he knows no one and none notice her/him. Give her/him courage, O God, to face each new day, to find work that gives meaning, to discover friends who enrich her/his life. Guard her/him from all danger and harm, from disease and despair, and from all which threatens to destroy the gift of life which you have given unto her/him. All this we ask in the name of Christ. Amen.