Lord, you are near to those
who are rejected and brokenhearted.
Give me the grace not to give up
when others insult me and tear me down.
Remind me I am loved and that
I always have a home with you in my heart.
April 16, 2019
Lord, you are near to those
April 15, 2019
Jesus my Lord, let me strengthen my courage
by taking on the courage of all those people
who have been centurions for me.
Many have faced disasters
and hard times with great constancy.
The upper hand of evil never turned them against you.
They kept going.
Let me be like them, Lord.
No matter what the cross,
let me never stop declaring you
to be truly the Son of God,
the source of my hope,
the reason why I will never quit on life.
April 14, 2019
We praise you, O God,
for your redemption of the world through your Son.
He entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph
and was proclaimed Messiah and king
by those who spread garments and branches along his way.
Just as we carry these branches,
may we follow Christ in the way of the cross that,
dying and rising with him, we may enter into your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
April 13, 2019
O God, Who founded Your Church
upon the most firm foundation of an apostolic rock
in order to deliver her from the dreadful powers of hell,
give her, we beseech You,
that through the intercession of the blessed Martin,
Your Martyr and Sovereign Pontiff,
she may produce at all times in Your truth
so as to enjoy always a secure defense.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with God the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.
April 12, 2019
O Most Loving Jesus,
Who by Your ineffable virtues
and by the example of Your domestic life
consecrated the family You choose on earth;
in Your clemency look down upon this household
humbly prostrate before You
and imploring Your mercy.
Remember that this family belongs to You,
for to You we have in a special way
dedicated and devoted ourselves.
Look upon us in Your loving kindness,
preserve us from every danger,
give us help in the time of need,
and grant us the grace to persevere
to the end in the imitation of Your Holy Family;
that having revered You
and loved You faithfully upon earth,
we may bless and praise You eternally in heaven.
April 11, 2019
O God, for Whose honor the glorious bishop Stanislaus
fell under the swords of the wicked;
grant, we beseech You, that all who implore his aid,
may obtain an answer to their prayers.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
world without end.
April 10, 2019
Enlighten, O Lord Jesus, many generous souls
with the fiery glow of the Holy Spirit,
who is substantial and eternal love,
and by the powerful intercession of Your most dear Mother Mary,
stir up and preserve in them the fire of Your love,
unto the glory of the Father
and the same Holy Spirit,
who together with You live and reign forever and ever.
April 9, 2019
Almighty and eternal God.
May your grace enkindle in all of us
a love for the many unfortunate people
whom poverty and misery
reduce to a condition of life
unworthy of human beings.
Arouse in the hearts of those who call you Father
a hunger and thirst for social justice
and for fraternal charity
in deeds and in truth.
Grant, O Lord,
peace in our days,
peace to souls,
peace to families,
peace to our country,
and peace among nations.
April 8, 2019
Hail Mary, White Lily of the Glorious
and always-serene Trinity.
Hail brilliant Rose of the Garden of heavenly delights:
O, you, by whom God wanted to be born,
and by whom the King of Heaven wanted to be nourished!
Nourish our souls with effusions of divine grace.
April 7, 2019
Imprint, O Lady, your wounds upon my heart,
that I may read therein sorrow and love;
sorrow, to endure every sorrow for you;
love, to despise every love for you.
Through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns
forever and ever.
April 6, 2019
Grant, we beg You, O Lord Jesus Christ,
that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother,
whose most holy soul was transfixed with the sword of sorrow
in the hour of Your Own Passion,
may intercede for us before the throne of Mercy,
now and at the hour of our death.
April 5, 2019
O Mary, I earnestly desire to place my person
and my desire for holiness under
your maternal protection and inspiration
so that you may bring me to that conformity
with Christ, Head and Shepherd which is necessary
for entering the glorious gates of Heaven.
April 4, 2019
O God, who taught Adam the simple art of tilling the soil,
and who through Jesus Christ, the true vine,
revealed yourself the husbandman of our souls,
deign, we pray, through the merits of blessed Isidore,
to instill into our hearts a horror of sin
and a love of prayer,
so that, working the soil in the sweat of our brow,
we may enjoy eternal happiness in heaven,
through the same Christ our Lord.
April 3, 2019
Yes to you, Jesus
as you offer me your love;
as you letter my life with yourself;
as you encourage my transparency;
as you ask for my honesty;
as you desire my everything;
as you speak through all I do;
as you continue my transformation;
as you challenge my weaknesses;
as you bless my giftedness;
as you take who I am into your loving embrace.
Yes to you Jesus
as you catch me up in your arms;
as you fire me with your truth;
as you seal me with your goodness;
as you bless me with the blessing
that only your Father can give.
April 2, 2019
O most holy Saint Francis,
God gives wisdom to the simple
and makes the merest child wise.
Pray that He grants me this reward
He promises to the humble through your intercession.
Help me always to make a good examination of conscience and confession.