Daily Prayer Archive

August 9, 2018

Loving Mary, Mother of Jesus and our mother too.
Thank you for always saying yes to God’s call.
We praise Jesus, the fruit of your yes.

Bless all women who are with child.
Help them see the great gift they carry.
May their response like yours be a yes to life.

Fill their hearts with joy and peace.
Walk with them as their child comes to birth.
Like you Mary, may mothers everywhere
ponder and treasure this gift in their hearts.


- A Columban Missionary

August 8, 2018

O Mary, Mary more beautiful than all creatures,
lovely after Jesus above all loves,
more dear than all created things,
gracious above every grace,
pity this miserable heart of mine;
miserable because it does not love you;
and it ought to love you.
You can inflame it with you holy love.
Turn, O Mary, your loving eyes upon me;
look at me, and draw me to you;
and grant that after God I may love no other but you,
most gracious, most amiable Mary,
Mother of Jesus, and my Mother.

August 7, 2018

I adore You, O my God,
present in the holy Eucharist,
as my Creator,
my Preserver,
and my Redeemer.
I offer You all that I have,
all that I am,
all that depends on me;
I offer You my mind to think of You,
my heart to love You;
my will to serve You;
my body to labor and suffer for Your love.
I am Yours,
I give myself;
I consecrate myself to You,
I abandon myself to You,
I wish to live and die for love of You.

August 6, 2018

At the Transfiguration, Father, You showed
Jesus in glory, a glimpse of what His disciples
would see in His risen life.

Bless us in our humanity,
with an awareness of Your presence,
leading us to share in Your divine life
even in our daily struggle.

Help us to deepen
our knowledge of the Law and the Prophets
channels of Your grace throughout history,
and signposts for our journey.


August 5, 2018

O Lord, You received affronts
without number from Your blasphemers,
yet each day You free captive souls
from the grip of the ancient enemy.

You accepted Your scourging without murmur,
yet through your meditation
You deliver us from endless chastisements.

You endured ill-treatment of all kinds,
yet You want to give us a share
in the choirs of angels in glory everlasting.

You did not refuse to be crowned with thorns,
yet You save us from the wounds of sin.

In your thirst You accepted the bitterness of gall,
yet You prepare Yourself to fill us with eternal delights.

You kept silence under the derisive homage
rendered You by Your executioners,
yet You petition the Father for us
although You are his equal in Divinity.

You came to taste death,
yet You were the Life
and had come to bring it to the dead.


August 4, 2018

O Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of God and Queen of Heaven and Earth,
Through you shines the whole splendor
and magnificence of the Trinity!
O Morning Star, who has merited to usurp the name of the first fallen Star!
You gaze upon the wondrous abundance of the Divine Vision,
as the One closer to the Face of God than all creatures!
Rejoice, for you are more glorious than the Sun,
more beautiful than the Moon,
who shines more golden than the dawn,
more brightly than the stars.
O Immaculate Virgin,
you hold the Light of God in the palms of Your hands,
who beholds the Child Jesus, the Eternal Light,
in wondrous glory for all eternity!
Rejoice O Most Blessed Virgin,
for it is through you that all the Angels of Heaven
and all the Choirs of the Elect
art enlightened and filled with the Incomparable Radiance!

August 3, 2018

O Blessed Lady of the Fields,
who lived with and loved the rural folk of the village,
look down graciously upon the fields and pastures of this,
your adopted land.

Make our homes sanctuaries of Christ as was your home.
Make our fields fertile and abundant.

Help us to understand more fully the dignity of our toil
and the merit it acquires when offered through you to your Divine Son,
Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
lives and reigns for ever and ever.


August 2, 2018

Heavenly Father, You made the sunset
of my life more beautiful by unlocking the door
to eternal life through the death
and resurrection of Your Son.

Renew my faith, and prepare my heart
as I draw nearer to my heavenly home.

Help me to understand death
as Your messenger sent to lead me
into eternal life to be with You
and all those who love You
forever and ever.


- Columban Fr. John Marley

August 1, 2018

Jesus Christ, my God,
I adore You and I thank You
for the many favors You have bestowed on me this day.
I offer You my sleep
and all the moments of this night,
and I pray that You preserve me from sin.
Therefore, I place myself in Your most sacred side,
and under the mantle of our Blessed Lady, my Mother.
May the holy Angels assist me
and keep me in peace,
and may Your blessing be upon me.

July 31, 2018

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous,
to serve You as You deserve:
to give without counting the cost,
to fight heedless of the wounds,
to work and not seek for rest,
to toil and not seek for reward,
save the reward of knowing I am doing Your will.


July 30, 2018

Saints of God,
who owe Your happiness to the Blood of Jesus;
Angelic spirits,
who sing Its glory and power,
Heavenly Virgin,
who to It owes the privileges
of your Immaculate Conception
and Divine Maternity,
help me to pay to the Precious Blood of my Redeemer
a perpetual homage of adoration,
reparation and thanksgiving.


July 29, 2018

On Calvary you heard a voice,
well-known to you, which said:
"Woman, behold your Son".
By these words you were appointed the Mother of all believers.

And without you what life should we have,
who are the unhappy children of Adam?
Each of us has a sorrow that tries him,
a grief that oppresses, a wound that rankles.
All men run to your protection,
as to the haven of safety and the fountain of healing.
When the waves rise high in the tempest,
it is to you the mariner turns and prays for calm.
The orphan flies to you,
for he sees himself as a plant in a thirsty land,
defenseless before all the whirlwinds of life.
To you the poor offer their supplications
when they are in want of daily bread.

July 28, 2018

Eternal Father,
turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind
and especially upon poor sinners,
all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.
For the sake of His sorrowful passion show us Your mercy,
that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever.


July 27, 2018

Discover to me, O my God,
the nothingness of this world,
the greatness of heaven,
the shortness of time,
and the length of eternity.

Grant that I may prepare for death,
that I may fear Your judgments,
that I may escape hell,
and in the end, obtain heaven;
through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ.


July 26, 2018

Your day of birth …

Filled with possibilities. But mostly…
Filled with God.

With light and love that spans the universe
of who you are.
This is God’s gift to you.
Your heart’s calling to guide you.

How can this Gift be honored?

God expects nothing – but desires for you
happiness, to love as you are loved by Him,
and the fulfillment of your heart in growing
closer to Him,

My God’s light and love guide you
on this, your birthday and always.

- Roseanne Walters, U.S. Columban Mission Office


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