O Mary, countless people have known
the overflowing joy of the mercy
which the Father has given us in Christ.
In the particular Churches throughout the world,
and still more in this center of Christianity,
the widest array of people have accepted this gift.
Here the enthusiasm of the young rang out,
here the sick have lifted up their prayer.
Here have gathered priests and religious,
workers and people of learning,
children and adults,
and all have acknowledged in your beloved Son
the Word of God made flesh in your womb.
O Mother, intercede for us,
that the fruits of this Year will not be lost
and that the seeds of grace will grow
to the full measure of the holiness
to which we are all called.
May 1, 2019
O Mary, countless people have known
April 30, 2019
Blessed are You, Lord God,
ruler of all creation
and Father of us all:
we praise You for Your loving care.
Help us in our time of sorrow
and lift us when we are crushed,
for we entrust our life into Your hands, Father,
through Christ our Lord.
April 29, 2019
O omnipotent Father,
God of truth, God of love,
permit me to enter into the cell of self-knowledge.
I admit that of myself I am nothing,
but that all being and goodness in me
comes solely from You.
Show me my faults,
that I may detest my malice,
and thus I shall flee from self-centeredness
and find myself clothed again
in the nuptial robe of divine charity,
which I must have in order to be admitted
to the nuptials of life eternal.
April 28, 2019
My Queen and my Mother,
I give myself entirely to you;
and to show my devotion to you,
I consecrate to you this day my eyes,
my ears, my mouth, my heart,
my whole being without reserve.
Wherefore, good Mother,
as I am your own,
keep me, guard me,
as your property and possession.
April 27, 2019
O God who lifts little lost lambs close to Your heart,
O God who gives the heart a desire to return to You,
I ask Your mercy and Your forgiveness
for all the treasures I’ve misplaced.
I give You thanks and praise for the beauty of finding them again.
April 26, 2019
Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace.
God became man, and the Word was made flesh.
Christ was born of a Virgin.
Christ was crucified.
Christ rose from the dead.
Christ ascended into Heaven.
Christ reigns eternal.
May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning.
Christ went through their midst in Peace,
and the word was made flesh.
Christ is with us with Mary.
Holy Powerful God!
Holy Immortal God!
Have mercy on us.
April 25, 2019
Jesus, my Lord, let me go to Mary
when suffering threatens to overwhelm me.
Ask Your mother to stay with me
when I am afraid and tempted to surrender.
Let me look to Mary as my model for love,
as well as my haven of healing.
Make sure I am considerate of other people
and notice how they are affected by their suffering.
I'm not the only one.
I beg You, Lord, to help me grow in compassion.
If I am faithful to You and close to Your blessed mother,
those who suffer will be comforted by my presence
and they will gain courage
as I stand beside them, by their cross.
April 24, 2019
O Mary, most sweet Mother,
to Your intercession we have recourse,
knowing that Your Divine Son will hear Your prayers.
And you, O glorious Saint Joseph,
assist us by your powerful mediation,
and offer by the hands of Mary our prayers to Jesus.
April 23, 2019
O God, who manifests to those in error
the light of Your truth that they may
return to the way of holiness,
grant that all who profess themselves Christians
may spurn whatever is hostile to that name
and embrace whatever is in harmony with it.
Through Christ our Lord.
April 22, 2019
O God, through this paschal solemnity
You have bestowed upon the world
Your healing grace;
pursue Your people, we beseech You,
with heavenly gifts
so that we may obtain perfect freedom
and arrive at life eternal.
Through Christ our Lord.
April 21, 2019
Heavenly Father and God of mercy,
we no longer look for Jesus among the dead,
for he is alive and has become the Lord of life.
From the waters of death You raise us with him
and renew Your gift of life within us.
Increase in our minds and hearts
the risen life we share with Christ,
and help us to grow as your people
toward the fullness of eternal life with You.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
April 20, 2019
O God, who makes this most holy night illustrious
by the glory of the resurrection of our Lord,
preserve in the new children of your family
the spirit of adoption which You have given,
that, renewed in body and soul,
they may give You a pure service.
This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.
April 19, 2019
We remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross,
and all that Jesus was willing to endure for us.
He paid the price to offer us the gift of eternal life.
Help us never to take for granted this gift of love.
Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all.
Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things,
to not recognize what You have done for us.
Thank you Lord that by Your wounds we are healed.
April 18, 2019
O Lord Jesus, in order that the merits
of Your sacrifice on the Cross
might be applied to every soul of all time,
You willed that it should be renewed
upon the altar.
At the Last Supper, You said:
"Do this in remembrance of me."
By these words You gave Your apostles
and their successors the power to consecrate
and the command to do what You Yourself did.
I believe that the Mass is both a sacrifice and a memorial-
reenacting Your passion, death and resurrection.
Help me to realize that the Mass
is the greatest gift of God to us
and our greatest gift to God.
April 17, 2019
O Lord Jesus Christ,
sublime model of all perfection,
You are urging onward all privileged souls
in their high aspiration towards the goal of religious life;
and, moreover, You also strengthen them
through the powerful force of Your example
and the efficacious influence of Your grace
so that they may be able to follow You
in such a noble way of life;
grant then that many,
recognizing Your sweet inspirations,
may have the will to correspond with them
by embracing the religious state
and so enjoy in it Your special care
and tender predilection.