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Dear Friend in Christ, While Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38) The theme for the 2013 Prayer Journal, “Rivers of Living Water,” is based on these words of Jesus from the Gospel of John. As we come to the Lord each day in prayer, he will quench our thirst for him with the life-giving waters of his Spirit. The Scripture verses and quotations from saints and Church writings included in this year’s prayer journal will remind us throughout the year that it is at the well of prayer and the sacraments that we can drink and be satisfied. Many Christians find journaling to be a useful spiritual and practical tool, and they are enthusiastic about its many benefits. What kinds of things might you want to write down in your journal? Here are some ideas: • Make a note of Scripture passages that seem to “speak” particularly to you. • Jot down those things in your life that you find challenging as well as those instances when you experience a “victory” or a special blessing from the Lord.


• Summarize what you learn in your times of quiet meditation and record resolutions you make in response to God’s word to you. • Keep track of petitions, especially for those for whom you have promised to pray, as well as answered prayers. • Express your love and praise to the Lord by composing your own prayers. At the end of the year, you’ll have a convenient “record” that you can leaf through to help you recall how the Lord has worked in your life and what he has spoken to you. As you drink deeply from God’s rivers of living water, may your love for him be enlivened and your thirsty spirit be refreshed! The Word Among Us Press


A b b r e v i at i o n s o f Books of the Bible Acts Acts of the Apostles

Jb Job

Ob Obadiah

Am Amos

Jdt Judith

Phil Philippians

Bar Baruch

Jer Jeremiah

Phlm Philemon

1 Chr 1 Chronicles

Jgs Judges

Prv Proverbs

Jl Joel

Ps Psalms

Jn John

1 Pt 1 Peter

1 Jn 1 John

2 Pt 2 Peter

2 Jn 2 John

Rom Romans

3 Jn 3 John

Ru Ruth

Jon Jonah

Rv Revelation

Jos Joshua

Sg Song of Songs

Jude Jude

Sir Sirach

1 Kgs 1 Kings

1 Sm 1 Samuel

2 Kgs 2 Kings

2 Sm 2 Samuel

Lam Lamentations

Tb Tobit

Lk Luke

1 Thes 1 Thessalonians

2 Chr 2 Chronicles Col Colossians 1 Cor 1 Corinthians 2 Cor 2 Corinthians Dn Daniel Dt Deuteronomy Eccl Ecclesiastes Eph Ephesians Est Esther Ex Exodus Ez Ezekiel Ezr Ezra Gal Galatians Gn Genesis Hb Habakkuk Heb Hebrews Hg Haggai Hos Hosea Is Isaiah Jas James

Lv Leviticus Mal Malachi

2 Thes 2 Thessalonians

1 Mc 1 Maccabees

Ti Titus

2 Mc 2 Maccabees

1 Tm 1 Timothy

Mi Micah

2 Tm 2 Timothy

Mk Mark

Wis Wisdom

Mt Matthew

Zec Zechariah

Na Nahum

Zep Zephaniah

Neh Nehemiah Nm Numbers


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he Holy Spirit is the Spirit of life, the fountain of water springing up to eternal life, the One through whom the Father restores life to those who are dead through sin, until one day he will raise in Christ their mortal bodies. —Blessed John Paul II, Encyclical, On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World


Holy Mary, Mother of God, . . . teach us to know and love Jesus so that we too can become capable of true love and be fountains of living water in the midst of a thirsting world. —Pope Benedict XVI

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Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

Tuesday

Wednesday

• Nm 6:22-27 • Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 • Gal 4:4-7 • Lk 2:16-21

Holy Day of Obligation

• 1 Jn 2:22-28 • Ps 98:1-4 • Jn 1:19-28


O Jesus, sure joy of my soul, give me but a true love of you. Let me seek you as my only good. —St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

The Most Holy Name of Jesus • 1 Jn 2:29–3:6 • Ps 98:1, 3c-6 • Jn 1:29-34

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton • 1 Jn 3:7-10 • Ps 98:1, 7-9 • Jn 1:35-42

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Ja n u a r y


The angels and shepherds praise you and the Magi advance with the star, for you are born for us, little Child, God eternal! —Romanus the Melodist

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Saint John Neumann

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The Epiphany of the Lord

• 1 Jn 3:11-21 • Ps 100:1b-5 • Jn 1:43-51

Saturday

Sunday

• Is 60:1-6 • Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 • Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6 • Mt 2:1-12


May God shelter you from disturbance in the hidden recesses of his love until he brings you at last into that place of fullness, where you will repose forever in the vision of peace. —St. Raymond of Penyafort

Saint Raymond of Penyafort • 1 Jn 3:22–4:6 • Ps 2:7bc-8, 10-12a • Mt 4:12-17, 23-25

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• 1 Jn 4:7-10 • Ps 72:1-4, 7-8 • Mk 6:34-44

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Ja n u a r y


[Jesus said to the Samaritan woman,] “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” —John 4:14

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• 1 Jn 4:11-18 • Ps 72:1-2, 10, 12-13 • Mk 6:45-52

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• 1 Jn 4:19–5:4 • Ps 72:1-2, 14-15, 17 • Lk 4:14-22a

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Thursday


On the cross the fountain of my mercy was opened by the lance for all souls—no one have I excluded! —Our Lord’s words to St. Faustina

• 1 Jn 5:5-13 • Ps 147:12-15, 19-20 • Lk 5:12-16

11 Friday

• 1 Jn 5:14-21 • Ps 149:1-6a, 9b • Jn 3:22-30

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Ja n u a r y


Let us be buried with Christ by baptism to rise with him; let us go down with him to be raised with him; and let us rise with him to be glorified with him. —St. Gregory Nazianzen

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The Baptism of the Lord

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• Heb 1:1-6 • Ps 97:1, 2b, 6, 7c, 9 • Mk 1:14-20

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Monday

• Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 40:1-5, 9-10 • Ps 29:1-4, 9-10 or Ps 104:1b-4, 24-25, 27-30 • Acts 10:34-38 or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7 • Lk 3:15-16, 21-22


I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. —Revelation 21:6 • Heb 2:5-12 • Ps 8:2ab, 5-9 • Mk 1:21-28

15 Tuesday

• Heb 2:14-18 • Ps 105:1-4, 6-9 • Mk 1:29-39

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Ja n u a r y


Remember with thanksgiving the blessings and providence of God . . . [and] glorify God, giving him from the heart praises that rise on high. —St. Anthony

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Saint Anthony

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• Heb 4:1-5, 11 • Ps 78:3-4, 6c-8 • Mk 2:1-12

• Heb 3:7-14 • Ps 95:6-11 • Mk 1:40-45

Thursday

Friday


He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. —Psalm 107:35

• Heb 4:12-16 • Ps 19:8-10, 15 • Mk 2:13-17

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time • Is 62:1-5 • Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-10 • 1 Cor 12:4-11 • Jn 2:1-11

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Ja n u a r y


The Lord of the universe is more splendid than the sun and the stars. He will never leave me! —St. Agnes

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Saint Agnes

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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

• Heb 5:1-10 • Ps 110:1-4 • Mk 2:18-22

Monday

Tuesday

• Heb 6:10-20 • Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9, 10c • Mk 2:23-28


There is nothing small in the service of God. —St. Francis de Sales

Saint Vincent • Heb 7:1-3, 15-17 • Ps 110:1-4 • Mk 3:1-6

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Saint Francis de Sales • Heb 7:25–8:6 • Ps 40:7-10, 17 • Mk 3:7-12

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Thursday

Ja n u a r y


Guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. —St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 1:14

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The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

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Saints Timothy and Titus

• Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22 • Ps 117:1b-2 • Mk 16:15-18

Friday

Saturday

• 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5 • Ps 96:1-3, 7-8a, 10 • Mk 3:20-21


To love God is something greater than to know him. —St. Thomas Aquinas

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time • Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 • Ps 19:8-10, 15 • 1 Cor 12:12-30 • Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Saint Thomas Aquinas • Heb 9:15, 24-28 • Ps 98:1-6 • Mk 3:22-30

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28 Monday

Ja n u a r y


I waited patiently for the Lord, he inclined to me and heard my cry. —Psalm 40:1

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• Heb 10:1-10 • Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8a, 10-11 • Mk 3:31-35

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• Heb 10:11-18 • Ps 110:1-4 • Mk 4:1-20

Tuesday

Wednesday


What tenderness there is in Jesus’ love for man! In his infinite goodness, he established, with each of us, bonds of sublime love! His love has no limits! —St. John Bosco

Saint John Bosco • Heb 10:19-25 • Ps 24:1-6 • Mk 4:21-25

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