Each Brother is an open letter from Christ-a message written, not with ink but in the Spirit of the living God, with a faithful human heart to carry it!
Brothers are lay religious, who profess vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They commit themselves to a life of ministry and prayer within the community.
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O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Oh God, who in your love for the souls of innocent children,
chose Blessed Edmund Rice to establish new religious families in your Church for their instruction,
look favorably we beseech you, on his virtues and good works,
and if it be for your glory and the sanctification of souls, mercifully hear our prayer that he may be raised to the altars of your holy Church.
Oh, God, I thank you for the life of Blessed Edmund Rice.
Moved by your Spirit, he opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice
by affording them the opportunity of Christian education and by engaging on their behalf in works of compassion.
Inspired by his faith and generosity may I follow his example in my life.
Grant me the courage and compassion of Blessed Edmund Rice and through his intercession grant the petition I now make ____________________________________.
I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus.