May 19. Day 4: Praying together: “I do not call you servants any longer … but I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15) If we pray with Christians of other traditions we may be surprised to feel united by a bond of friendship that comes from the One who is beyond all division. Forms may differ but the same Spirit brings us together. So many families contain different religions. We can start there.
Laudato Si’ 227. One expression of the attitude of serene attentiveness to others and to everything is when we stop and give thanks to God before and after meals. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful and meaningful customs. That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods and it affirms our solidarity with those in greatest need.
Christian Unity Prayer Day 4. Lord Jesus, your entire life was prayer, perfect harmony with the Father. Through your Spirit, teach us to pray according to your will of love. May the faithful of the whole world unite in intercession and praise, and may your kingdom of love come.