“i love you God i like you i love you you are my salvation without your light i cannot live you are my heart my love you make me help my neighbor you are my love you are the only God in the world…without you the world would not exist…you love me and you want me to be your son and to declare to you that i am your son i swear it by yourself i love you and i have always loved you you are my father and i am your son you love me and i love you with all my soul and all my heart you have given me life you have given me eyes, mouth nose head you have given me everything my mother my father my heart my life of God of my lord and my love you are my salvation my mother cherishes me she adores me she loves me she gives me everything i need from a mother she is such a good mother and my daddy gives me everything i need from a daddy God i don’t know what i would have done without you you are my soul my heart my life my loving…you are my whole world my sun my moon my water my earth my bread of the gift you are my loving my fruit my world…thank you for listening to me.” – a prayer by a nine-year-old boy named Ulisse, used as the daily Meditation in Magnificat, July 17, 2013
….And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made….I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours; all mine are yours and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” -by Jesus, in St. John’s gospel, chapter 17, verses 3-5 and 9-11
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Throughout August, my weekly postings on the Faith On the Ferry blog will center on Jesus’ prayer in John 17, the prayer He prayed for his followers, then and into the future, which means we, too, are included in these most important intercessions and the promises which they imply.
I will be sharing passages from great thinkers and teachers, whose thoughts related to this prayer of Jesus Christ are part of the treasury of the Church. The most recent passages will be taken from Pope Francis’ and Pope Benedict’s shared Encyclical, Lumen Fidei, the “Light of Faith.” I was able to download this Encyclical through http://www.ewtn.com/ by clicking on Faith, and then Libraries, and Recent Additions in the document library. I recommend this letter to you; it is fairly short and easy to read and simply luminous in its wisdom.
And, of course, the reading assignment for this month is to read and reread John 17. -JC