Daily Prayer Archive

Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 8, 2018

O, Sacred Heart of Jesus,
filled with Infinite Love,
broken by our ingratitude,
and pierced by our sins,
yet loving us still,
accept the consecration we make to You
of all that we are and all that we have.

Take every faculty of our souls and bodies,
only day by day draw us nearer to Your Sacred Heart,
and there, as we shall hear the lesson,
teach us Your Holy Way.

Amen.

In Your Presence

June 7, 2018

Today, again, I am in Your presence,
Your real presence, Your saving presence.
I adore You.
I am allowed by You to be before You here.

I see it’s a beautiful day outside, a pure blue sky.
The sun shines on the green and gold house
reminding me of home and family.
Here I am in Alto Hospicio.
It was dark earlier when I got up,
but now it’s bright.

You say to me, “Neither do I condemn you.”
I depend on these words;
I believe in these words.
It makes me happy that You are merciful,
especially to those who live so much alone.
I want to be merciful, too.

Give me Your Holy Spirit today
to keep me from sin and live in Your peace.
You who is merciful as Your Father is merciful.

- Columban Fr. Michael Howe

Hear My Voice, Lord

June 6, 2018

To you, Creator of nature and humanity,
of truth and beauty, I pray:
Hear my voice,
for it is the voice
of the victims of all wars and violence
among individuals and nations.
Hear my voice,
for it is the voice
of all children who suffer and who will suffer
when people put their faith in weapons and war.
Hear my voice
when I beg you to instill
into the hearts of all human beings
the vision of peace,
the strength of justice
and the joy of fellowship.
We pray to the Lord.

Father in Heaven

June 5, 2018

O Almighty God,
who has given me my father and mother,
and made them an image of Your authority,
and love, and tender watchfulness;
and has commanded me to love, and honor,
and obey them in all things:
Give me the grace to cheerfully keep Your law.
Help me to love and honor them,
to obey their wishes,
to study their happiness,
and always listen to them
with patience and humility.
Deliver me O God, from pride,
rebellion and stubbornness.
Make me diligent in my work and studies,
and patient in all my trials;
so I may deserve to be Your child,
who are our Father in Heaven.

Amen.

A Child’s Prayer

June 4, 2018

How I love You, O my Blessed Virgin Mother!
Had I been a priest,
I would have spoken so much of you.
I consecrate my soul and all my being to you.

You are more Mother than Queen!
Yet I have heard it said that all the Saints are eclipsed
by your radiant brightness,
as the rising sun makes the stars disappear.
How strange that seems,
a mother eclipsing the glory of her children!

I think quite the contrary, sweet Virgin,
I believe that you will
immensely increase the splendor of your children,
O Sweet Virgin Mary!

Prayer for the Church

June 3, 2018

O God!
our refuge and our strength,
look down with favor on Your people who cry to You;
and through the intercession of the glorious
and Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of God,
of Saint Joseph her Spouse,
of Your blessed Apostles Peter and Paul,
and of all the Saints,
in mercy and goodness 
hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners,
and for the liberty and exaltation 
of our holy Mother the Church.
Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Intercession of St. Pope John Paul II

June 2, 2018

O Holy Trinity,
we thank You for having given to the Church St. Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ
and the splendor of the Spirit of love.

He, trusting completely in Your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.

Grant us, through his intercession,
according to Your will,
the grace that we implore,
as he is now numbered among Your saints.

Amen.

Our Lady of Sheshan

June 1, 2018

Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians", the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection. We come before you today to implore your protection. Look upon the People of God and, with a mother’s care, guide them along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.

When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth, you allowed God’s eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption. You willingly and generously cooperated in that work, allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul, until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary, standing beside your Son, who died that we might live.

From that moment, you became, in a new way, the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith and choose to follow in his footsteps by taking up his Cross. Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter. Grant that your children may discern at all times, even those that are darkest, the signs of God’s loving presence.

Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China, who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love. May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus. In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high, offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love. Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love, ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built. Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!

- Columban Fr. Tom Glennon

Feast of the Visitation

May 31, 2018

My soul magnifies the Lord
And My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Because He has regarded the humility of His handmaid:
for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Because He that is mighty has done great things to me:
and holy is His Name.
And His mercy is from generation to generations,
to them that fear Him.
He has shown might in His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

He has put down the mighty from their seat
and has exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He sent empty away.

He has received Israel His servant,
being mindful of His mercy.
As He spoke to our fathers:
to Abraham and to his seed forever.

O Mary

May 30, 2018

O Mary, your name has been on my lips
and in my heart from my early infancy.
When I was a child
I learned to love you as a Mother,
turn to you in danger,
and trust your intercession.
You see in my heart the desire to know the truth,
to practice virtue,
to be prudent and just,
strong and patient,
a brother to all.

A Dwelling Among Us

May 29, 2018

Lord Jesus, who in the Eucharist make your dwelling among us
and become our travelling companion,
sustain Our Christian communities
so that they may be ever more open to listening
and accepting your Word.
May they draw from the Eucharist
a renewed commitment to spreading in society,
by the proclamation of your Gospel,
the signs and deeds of an attentive and active charity.

Protect Our Nation

May 28, 2018

Immaculate Mary, Humble Virgin,
Mother of our Church,
and protectress of our nation,
we ask you to go before the Throne of the Holy Trinity
and intercede for the United States
at this critical juncture in our history.
Gently place your mantle upon our land,
upon our people,
upon our allies,
upon our fighting men and women,
as you once wrapped our Savior
in swaddling clothes in a manger.

Illuminate Our Minds

May 27, 2018

Holy Spirit, we are a sinful nation,
and we beg you to send us Your authentic spirit of repentance.
We are also a nation capable of great charity and justice,
so look not on our sins,
Heavenly Spirit of Mercy,
but upon our sorrow and resolve to turn from evil,
to fight evil, and procure victory over evil.
Illuminate the minds and souls of our citizens
and especially our leaders
so we can see the error of our ways,
and give us the sweet grace required to turn to God with pure hearts.

Sowing the Seeds

May 26, 2018

Lord Jesus, in your Eucharist
make Christian spouses the "signs" of
your nuptial love among us: make
families communities of people who,
living in dialogue with God and each other,
do not fear life and become responsible
or sowing the seeds of priestly, religious
and missionary vocations.

Eternal Life

May 25, 2018

Lord Jesus, from your alter
illuminate our communities with light and grace,
so that it may reject the seduction of a materialistic conception of life,
and defeat the selfishness that threatens it,
the injustices that upset it,
and the divisions with which it is afflicted.

Lord Jesus, give us your joy, give us your peace.
Stay with us, Lord!
You alone have the words of eternal life!

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