To surrender your heart means:
l Following God's lead without knowing where he's sending you;
l Waiting for God's timing without knowing when it will come;
l Trusting God's purpose without understanding the circumstances.
You know you're surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. You let go and let God work.
You don't have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more.
Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers. To make a prayer request:
– Brother- in-law of Julie Tatti. Give him strength in body, courage in spirit, and a full recovery to health.
-as she morns the loss of her son. May God reassure her of his continuing love and lift her from the depths of grief into his peace.
- Brother of Julie Tatti. For strength and courage as he deals with cancer. May God’s healing presence surround him.
- grant him the grace and strength to accept the burden of cancer.
Family of John Ciborski –
Father of Tom Ciborski, a faithful supporter and lifelong friend of the DPD. May God grant them peace in the knowledge that John is at home in heaven.
Bonnie Leibowitz –
dear friend of volunteer Anna Philhower
for strength and recovery from rare lymphoma
– friend of Shea Curtis, as they mourn her passing. May God be with them during this difficult time.
Family of Gene Keeler
- as they mourn the loss of their dad / husband who was a faithful friend of the DPD
Great grandmother of Ashley Hidalgo, for comfort during her final days.
Msgr. Patrick Brown
– May he feel God’s love and embrace during his illness.
– Son of Ashley Hidalgo, that he will grow in strength and health. May God keep him in his watchful care.
Family of Joan Cartier –
during this time of grief and loss.
Sister Joan –
as she mourns the loss of her dear friend Sister Emily
– sister of CARE member Raymond. Please pray for strength and courage as she goes through treatment.
Chris Androski -
husband of Barnet House volunteer Nina. That his ear is healed and he gets his hearing back.
James Ondimu Ochoki
– For healing for this beloved father, grandfather, father in-law, brother in-law, and uncle to many.
May the Lord grant consolation and recovery to health.
- May the love of God, family and friends sustain him as he undergoes dialysis 3 days a week.
Patrick Powis –
Father of Art Powis
for comfort, strength and courage as he faces his illness
- a young man of 23 whose lungs are not in good condition, may God draw him near as his final hours approach and for comfort for his loving family.
Rosa Bascietto –
Mother of Joanne Rossi. That the love and respect of her family helps to sustain her and bring her joy.
– Son of volunteer Barbara Mahler, may God watch over him during his illness
For peace, justice and hope in our world.
May God bless our staff, residents, friends, volunteers and benefactors. May he turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Joan Cartier –
Dear friend, former employee and supporter of the DPD
– Faithful friend of the DPD
– Father of John Ciborski
– Friend of Shea Curtis
✙ August 15- The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15 - St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary teaches that Mary, who was without sin, was taken, body and soul, into the glory of heaven. Today's Gospel highlights Mary's faith that enabled her to recognize the work of God in her people's history and in her own life. Her openness to God allowed God to work through her so that salvation might come to all.
✙ August 16 – St. Stephen of Hungary - 975 - August 15, 1038 - First King & Patron Saint of Hungary
Born a pagan, he was baptized around the age of 10, together with his father, chief of the Magyars, a group who migrated to the Danube area in the ninth century. At 20 he married Gisela, sister to the future emperor, St. Henry. When he succeeded his father, Stephen adopted a policy of Christianization of the country for both political and religious reasons. He suppressed a series of revolts by pagan nobles and welded the Magyars into a strong national group. He asked the pope to provide for the Church's organization in Hungary—and also requested that the pope confer the title of king upon him. He was crowned on Christmas day in 1001. Stephen established a system of tithes to support churches and pastors and to relieve the poor. He was easily accessible to all, especially the poor. In 1031 his son Emeric died, and the rest of Stephen's days were embittered by controversy over his successor. His nephews attempted to kill him. He died in 1038 and was canonized, along with his son, in 1083.
French nobility. At age 22, fearing the ways of the world, he, four of his brothers, and 25 friends joined the abbey of Citeaux; his father and another brother joined soon after. Benedictine. Founded and led the monastery at Clairvaux which soon had over 700 monks and 160 daughter houses. Revised and reformed the Cistercans. Advisor to, and admonisher of, King Louis the Fat and King Louis the Young. Attended Second Lateran Council. Fought Albigensianism. Helped end the schism of anti-Pope Anacletus II. Preached in France, Italy, Germany. Helped organize the Second Crusade. Friend and biographer of Saint Malachy O'More. Spritual advisor to Pope Eugenius III, who had originally been one of his monks. First Cistercian monk placed on the calendar of saints. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius VIII.
Every morning Bernard would ask himself, "Why have I come here?” and then remind himself of his main duty - lead a holy life.
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