June 18.   Preston had been a gang member since his early teens   He had felt abandoned by his alcoholic mother, didn’t  know his father and his sister had been looking after the younger siblings but was not kind to Preston. Patrick and his mom had heard about the case and had helped them and also been praying for this boy for some time when Patrick decided to invite him to come to a mission for young people at their church.  During the mission just one sentence: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” had touched Preston as he shared with Patrick.  “I think I will be able to change my ways, but please carry on praying for me and please be my friend.” 

Reflect, share, scripture: Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. Read Matt 5:43-48.   Pope Francis:  The real question is not where our children are physically or whom they are with but rather where they are existentially, where they stand in terms of their convictions, goals, desires and dreams.  AL 261. ACTION AND PRAYER.   How good are we at intercessory prayer?