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[Jesus] looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). - Mark 7:34 (NIV)

At a recent parish retreat we were asked to share a personal story about a profound experience that taught us something about ourselves. The story I first thought of telling involved a deep healing experience. But certain details connected to my experience were too intimate, so I chose to share...

Today's Prayer
O God, help us to open up our lives to others who want what is best for us. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Mark 7:31-37

Thought for the Day

God calls me to share my story with honesty and courage.

Prayer Focus

For courage to share my story


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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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