Father Patrick Langan, LC
Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves
me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in
my love, just as I have kept my Father´s
commandments and remain in his love. I have told you
this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy may be complete."
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
thank you for granting me the opportunity to be
with you. There are things in life, Lord, that attract
me, but you attract me more. I hope in
you, and I love you. Maybe I don’t really
understand what it means to love, and maybe I don’t
love the way I should, but I do love
Petition: Lord, increase my love and appreciation for the
Church and her leaders.
1. Christ and His Church: When
Christ says, “Keep my commandments and remain in my
love,” he is talking not only about the Ten
Commandments but also about the Church. What is the Church?
It is Christ’s extension through time. We cannot say,
“Christ, yes; the Church, no,” because the Church is
the mystical body of Christ; the two are inseparable as
head and body. The Church, through its sacraments and
its solid teachings, makes Christ present for me now,
today. It is through this Church that I received the
gift of faith. I want to remain in Christ.
I want to remain enthusiastically in his Church.
God’s Chosen Ministers: You chose the Apostles to continue
your work of redemption throughout the ages. Therefore, Lord, I
want to love your priests and your bishops. I
know how hard their job is. I see their
perseverance. The Eucharist is available all over the world because
of the fidelity of priests. Thank you for bishops
and priests. Thank you for our parish. I want
to support the parish with joy; giving of my time
and my financial sacrifices.
3. The Pope: Lord, I
want to love the Holy Father. He is the
rock on which you chose to build your Church. Because
he has kept the straight path, the world recognizes
his moral authority. Lord, I want to learn more
about what he is saying. Today with the Internet, it
is so easy. It just takes a little interest
and a little time. This is one way I can
remain in your love. Thus, my joy will be
Conversation with Christ: When you came, Lord, you
wanted to heal us through the sacraments, and you
set up the Church to administer them. Because you
are present in your Church, it has lasted two thousand
years. Thank you for giving us this instrument of
Resolution: I will read something Pope Emeritus Benedict
XVI or Pope Francis has written. Much can be
found on the Vatican website.