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Praying Our Hurts in Grief - Welcoming Prayer

Set aside some quiet time alone to try this practice. Begin by becoming aware of how your body feels. Notice any tension or pain. After a few moments of silence, read the following intention aloud prayerfully:

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment
because I know it is for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions,
persons, situations and conditions.

I let go of my desire for security.
I let go of my desire for affection.
I let go of my desire for control.

I let go of my desire to change any
situation, condition,
person, or myself.

I open to the love and presence of God and
the healing action and grace within.

Holding this intention lightly, identify a hurt or an offense, something or someone who has hurt you or let you down recently or in the past.

Feel the pain of the offense the way you first felt it, or are feeling it in this moment, and notice the hurt in your body. Why is this important? Because if you move it to your mind, you will go back to dualistic thinking and judgments: good guy/bad guy, win/lose, either/or.
 
Feel the pain so you don’t create the win/lose scenario. Identify yourself with the suffering side of life; how much it hurt to hurt; how abandoned you felt to be abandoned.
 
Once you can move to that place and know how much it hurts to hurt, you could not possibly want that experience for anybody else.
 
This might take a few minutes. Welcome the experience, and it can move you to the Great Compassion. Don’t fight it. Don’t split and blame. Welcome the grief and anger in all of its heaviness. Now it will become a great teacher.
 
If you can do this you will see that it is welcoming the pain and letting go of all of your oppositional energy that actually frees you from it! Who would have thought? It is our resistance to things as they are that causes most of our unhappiness—at least I know it is for me.
 
~ Mary Mrozowski - “The Welcoming Prayer” ~

If you would like to view the complete article and read more about the history and practice of this prayer - please follow the link:
https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/welcoming-prayer.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to one of our bereavement consultants about your own experiences of grief and loss, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to listen! 
Death does not end the story. Death does not end a relationship

Reflections

All of us need enough silence
and solitude in our lives
to enable the deep inner voice
of our own true self
to be heard.

~ Thomas Merton ~



Music Reflection
 
Remember – Lauren Daigle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9TE8D5Vs8k


Invitation  to Join us for:

'A special mass
to remember the
Fathers and Grandfathers
we love'


Saturday, 31st August 2019


10.30 am - Chapel of Reflection
Liverpool Cemetery

10.30 am - The Pavilion
Kemps Creek Cemetery

12.00 pm - Mary Mother of Mercy Chapel
Rookwood Cemetery


morning tea is provided afterwards

All Welcome

Reflection

When we stop feeling some things,
we stop feeling everything!
We feel to heal.

~ Anon ~
 

'An opportunity for parents to gather in a safe space
to connect with other parents and share
their experience of grief and bereavement
'

Meet at:  Dooleys Catholic Club - Banksia Room
11 Church Street, Lidcombe

First Monday of the Month
10.00am till 12.00pm


Morning Tea is provided

For all enquiries and RSVP contact Patricia 0438 263 036 or
Sigrid 0412 811 206

Sponsored by Bereavement Grief Care Team
 

Reflection

Hurt people hurt people.
That's how pain patterns
get passed on,
generation after generation
after generation. 
Break the chain today.
Meet anger with sympathy,
contempt with compassion,
cruelty with kindness.
Greet grimaces with smiles.
Forgive and forget
about finding fault.
Love is the weapon
of the future.

~ Anon ~
 
“Life is changed not ended
Death does not end our story…

Death does not end our relationships"
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