Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
Father in heaven,
The day was long,
The burden I had borne
Seemed heavier than I could longer bear
And then it lifted-but I did not know
Someone had knelt in prayer;
Had taken me to God that very hour,
And asked the easing of the load, and He,
In infinite compassion, had stooped down
And taken it from me.
We cannot tell how often as we pray
Mary, Virgin and Mother,
shows us what love is and where it draws its origin
and its constantly renewed power.
To her we entrust the Church and her mission
in the service of love:
O sovereign goodness of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Your arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth;
I will not regard the way through which You will have me pass,
but keep my eyes fixed upon You ,
my God, who guides me.
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
One year has passed since I came back to Korea for my second term as a Columban lay missionary. Indeed, time has flown so fast. In that one year alone, many events have taken place. It is with great joy and contentment that I accepted my mission assignment at St. Kim Taegon Church located in Pongilchon, Paju City and as a part-time volunteer at Paju Exodus migrant center.
We come with confidence to You,
O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love.
Inflame us with the same Divine Fire
which has inflamed your own Sorrowful
and Immaculate Heart.
Make our hearts and homes your shrine,
and through us, make the Heart of Jesus,
together with your rule,
triumphant in every heart and home.
O Holy Spirit, Divine Spirit of light and love,
I consecrate to You my understanding,
my heart and my will, my whole being for time and for eternity.
May my understanding be always obedient to Your heavenly inspirations
and the teachings of the holy Catholic Church,
of which You are the infallible Guide;
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake,
or watch, or weep today,
and give Your Angels and Saints charge over those who sleep.
Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest Your weary ones,
Bless Your dying ones,
Soothe Your suffering ones,
pity Your afflicted ones,
Shield Your joyous ones,
And all for Your love's sake.
God of Truth You gave Your church a new light
in the life and preaching of our Father Dominic.
Give us the help we need to support
our preaching by holy and simple lives.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
O Virgin most kind,
Mary, Mother of God,
most loving consoler of those in distress,
commend to your Son the souls of the Faithful Departed,
so that, because of your motherly intervention,
they may joyfully arrive in your company
as their longed-for home in heaven.