Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

First Scripture Reading
Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19
Gospel Reading
Mark 4: 35-41

Opening Prayer

You seem like a contractor and builder, Holy Wisdom. You are designing and making the home for Your people. Like Abraham and Sarah, we search and journey. We feel like strangers and foreigners in a land not yet Yours. Continue to use us as the living stones of Your Temple of Justice. Teach us to live with the feelings of exile so that we work more humbly and boldly for the creation of the city You are building for us. We get scared in the turmoil and squalls of life. Sometimes, You seem to be sleeping. Help us to trust in Your presence, when we are ungrounded and seasick in the storms of our lives. Jesus, calm the winds! We are in awe of Your creative power, even when we are afraid. Help us to believe that we are not alone!

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