Lord, teach me to open
my eyes, ears and heart
that I may rejoice in your Holy Spirit.
May your unconditional love
strengthen me to live in peace with all people.
Lord, teach me to open
O Lord, You are the temple of the Holy Spirit,
the city of the living God,
made joyous by abundant flowers,
the sacred flowers of Divine grace.
You are all-beautiful
and very close to God,
above the Cherubim
and higher than the Seraphim,
right near God Himself!
Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you for your Servant Francis,
whom you called to preach the Gospel
to the peoples of Asia.
Raise up, we pray,
in this and every land
heralds and evangelists of your kingdom,
that your Church may proclaim
the unsearchable riches
of our Savior Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Lord, give me the courage to disarm
my heart from the feelings of anger,
resentment and revenge that foster
so much pain and division in my life.
Instill within me a spirit of gratitude and joy
that I may become your instrument
of peace and reconciliation
wherever and whenever conflicts arise.
O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
refuge of sinner and most Loving Mother,
God has willed to entrust
the entire order of mercy on to you.
I, a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet,
humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have,
wholly to yourself as your possession and property.
Please make of me,
of all my powers of soul and body,
of my whole life, death and eternity,
whatever most pleases you.
Use all that I am and have without reserve,
wholly to destroy all the heresies in the world.
O good cross,
made beautiful by the body of the Lord,
long have I desired you,
ardently have I loved you,
unceasingly have I sought you,
and now you are ready for my eager soul.
Receive me from among men and restore me to my Master,
so that He, who redeemed me through you,
shalt receive me through you.
- St. Andrew
O Blessed Mother Mary, before your
marriage to the carpenter St. Joseph,
you were overshadowed by the Holy Spirit
and conceived a child.
As you carried Jesus, your Divine Child, in your womb,
you overcame fear and rejoiced, anticipating His birth.
In your tender way, tough the hearts of all women
for whom being pregnant is more a problem than a joy.
Give them the help and courage they need
to bring a child into this world.
Mary, you believed that with God all things are possible.
Dispel any fear of giving the gift of life.
Replace it with trust in God.
- A Columban Missionary
My Lord Jesus Christ,
I believe that You are really here in this Sacrament.
Night and day You remain here compassionate and loving.
You call, You wait for,
You welcome everyone who comes to visit You.
I thank You, Jesus my Divine Redeemer
for coming upon the earth for our sake
and for instituting the Adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
in order to remain with us until the end of the world.
I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharist
Your infinite majesty and beauty,
which Your Angels delight to behold,
so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your mercy.
O Lord, we bring before You
the distress and dangers of peoples and nations,
the pleas of the imprisoned and the captive,
the sorrows of the grief-stricken,
the needs of the refugee,
the impotence of the weak,
the weariness of the despondent,
and the diminishments of the aging.
O Lord, stay close to all of them.
Loving mother of the Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained pure as before.
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners.
I am loved by God;
I am made by God;
I am forgiven by God;
I am accepted by God unconditionally;
I am a child of God;
I am sustained by God;
I am important to God;
I am used by God;
I am enabled by God;
I am destined for God.
I thank You dear Jesus,
for having become the priceless Victim,
to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors.
Awaken in me such confidence in You
that their fullness may descend
ever more fruitfully upon my soul.
I thank You for offering Yourself
in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits,
spiritual and temporal
which He has bestowed on me.
Grant me grace and perseverance
in your faithful service.
From the depths of my heart
I thank You, Dear Lord,
For Your infinite kindness in coming to me.
How good You are to me!
with Your most holy Mother and all the angels,
I praise Your mercy and generosity toward me,
a poor sinner.
I thank You for nourishing my soul
with Your Sacred Body and Precious Blood.
I will try to show my gratitude to You
in the Sacrament of Your love,
by obedience to Your holy commandments,
by fidelity to my duties,
by kindness to my neighbor
and by an earnest endeavor
To become more like You in my daily conduct.
Lord, we thank you
for the goodness of our people
and for the spirit of justice
that fills this nation.
We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the
land and the challenge of the cities.
We thank you for our work and our rest,
for one another, and for our homes.
We thank you, Lord:
accept our thanksgiving on this day.
We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy.
hail our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve!
To you we send up our sighs;
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears!
Turn, most gracious Advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this, our exile,
show us the blessed fruit of Your womb, Jesus!
O Clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!