Almighty and ever-living God,
I approach the sacrament
of Your only-begotten Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
I come sick to the doctor of life,
unclean to the fountain of mercy,
blind to the radiance of eternal light,
and poor and needy to the Lord
of heaven and earth.
Almighty and ever-living God,
I Beseech You,
most sweet Lord Jesus Christ,
that Your Passion may be to me power
by which I may be strengthened,
protected and defended.
May Your wounds be to me food
and drink by which I may be nourished,
inebriated, and delighted.
May the sprinkling of Your Blood be to me
an absolution for all my sins.
Lord, unite me more closely to You,
the one true God
and lead me safely through death
to everlasting happiness with You.
Through the decades, more than 20 Columban Fathers have been martyred while on mission. However, not until 1983 did martyrdom touch the Columban Sisters, after police accidentally gunned down Columban Sister Joan Sawyer in Lima, Peru.
O Lord, through your holy communion
may I be protected from evil.
May You be a helmet of faith
and a shield of good will.
May You purify me from evil ways
and put an end to my evil passions.
May You bring me charity and patience,
humility and obedience,
and growth in power to do good.
Lord, Father all-powerful,
and ever-living God,
I thank You,
for even though I am a sinner,
Thy unprofitable servant,
not because of my worth,
but in the kindness of Your mercy,
You have fed me with the precious Body
and Blood of Your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
May the tribute of my humble ministry
be pleasing to You, Holy Trinity.
Grant that the sacrifice which I,
unworthy as I am,
have offered in the presence of Your majesty
may be acceptable to You.
Through Your mercy may it bring forgiveness to me
and to all for whom I have offered it:
through Christ our Lord.
Father, source of light in every age,
the virgin conceived and bore Your Son
Who is called Wonderful God,
Prince of Peace.
May her prayer,
the gift of a mother's love,
be Your people's joy through all ages.
May her response,
born of a humble heart,
draw Your Spirit to rest on Your people.
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.
Life is for living. It is to experience freedom to love and help others, to be free to grow and have family. To be human is to be free from fear and punishment and ill health, poverty and hunger. Living is to be free to think, to speak our thoughts and freely choose the good. To be alive is to have justice and dignity and the fullness of existence. To be able say I am alive and I know that I am is to be aware of life. But millions are deprived of these basic values of human life. The death penalty is just another way to deprive people of life itself.