Advent: A Time to Pray for Loved Ones

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The following article by Sr. Ann Shields recently appeared in Faith Magazine.

Many people are asking themselves the question, how do I pray for someone to come back to God this Advent?

First of all, don’t worry about what words to use when you begin to pray for someone who has been away from the Lord—from the Church—for a long time. Just talk to God about the situation as you would to a good friend. In your own words, tell God your fear, your concern, perhaps your sense of hopelessness/discouragement. . . . Read the rest here.


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Sister Ann Shields

Sr. Ann Shields, SGL, is part of Renewal Ministries’ leadership team and a member of The Servants of God’s Love. She is an internationally noted speaker, the author of numerous books on Catholic spirituality, and the host of the popular daily radio program Food for the Journey. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI awarded Sr. Ann the Benemerenti Medal for service to the Church. The Catholic Library Association also awarded Sr. Ann the Aggiornamento Award, for her outstanding contribution to the renewal of parish and community life.

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  1. I love listening to you on the radio. Thank you so much for teaching us and helping us getting close to God. It’s nice to know that there are people like you. I love u and love all the EWTN staffs. May God bless you all always. Sister in Christ

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