Here is part of our New Testament reading, from 2 Timothy: ‘The saying is sure: if we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself’.

Today would normally be the feast of St John Henry Newman, and here is a prayer of his, which you may like to use: ‘O my God, let me never forget this truth — that not only art Thou my Life, but my only Life! Thou art the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Thou art my Life, and the Life of all who live. All men, all I know, all I meet, all I see and hear of, live not unless they live by Thee. They live in Thee, or else they live not at all. No one can be saved out of Thee. Let me never forget this in the business of the day. O give me a true love of souls, of those souls for whom Thou didst die. … O my Lord Jesus, let Thy Cross be more than sufficient for them, let it be effectual! Let it be effectual for me more than all, lest I “have all and abound,” yet bring no fruit to perfection’.

May God bless you this day, and may St John Henry Newman pray for us all.