National Blessing of Arthritics

The 5th Annual National Blessing for Arthritis Sufferers, sponsored by the Redemptorists of the Denver Province, will be held on Sunday, August 3 to mark the Feast Day (August 1) of St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists and patron saint of arthritis sufferers.

All Redemptorist parishes, as well as all parishes named in honor of St. Alphonsus, have been invited to participate. For those taking part, after every Mass individual blessings will be offered for all those who suffer from this debilitating affliction.

For a video blessing and to download prayer cards, click here.

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Fr. Bill Adams, C.Ss.R. Daily Reflection:

Fr. Bill Adams, C.Ss.R.-Whittier, CA
July 30, 2014 - Jer. 15/10, 16-21, Matt. 13/44-46

The Prophet Jeremiah strongly feels God’s indignation toward the people who have chosen to worship false gods. God wants to save his people but they will not listen to the prophet. So Jeremiah experiences strife and contention. Then the Lord tells him that his words will be powerful and will achieve God’s purpose. For God will always be with him and will save him from harm. If we are also willing to feel strongly God’s love for his people who are hurting, God will use us powerfully to bring grace and healing to them. Jeremiah’s words do eventually bring salvation to people, and so will ours. But am I willing to love people as Jeremiah?

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