God our Father,
You filled Saint Barnabas with faith
and the Holy Spirit
and sent him to convert the nations.
Help us to proclaim the gospel by word and deed.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
God our Father,
I Am Still Lucky
I have just completed three months of pastoral work. Every Saturday I went to the Hope Center in Myitkyina. It is where HIV/AIDS patients are cared for, and I met patients from different backgrounds, ethnicity and ages. Most of the patients in the center are males. I learned a lot from them, but I also encountered many difficulties.
Supreme Lord of the harvest,
graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil,
in union with Christ Your Son,
as atonement for our sins,
for the growth of Your Church,
for peace and charity in our homes,
for salvation to all.
Heavenly Father, bless my spouse whom you have given to me,
sharing in your wondrous work of creation.
May we see each other as equals
and treat each other with the love of Christ for his Church.
May Mary and Joseph be our guides
and help us to find your peace and your grace.
O Most Holy Virgin Mother,
we listen with grief to the complaints
of your Immaculate Heart
surrounded with the thorns placed therein
at every moment by the blasphemies
and ingratitude of ungrateful humanity.
We are moved by the ardent desire of loving you as Our Mother
and of promoting a true devotion to your Immaculate Heart.
I adore You, Lord and creator,
hidden in the Blessed Sacrament.
I adore You for all the works of Your hands,
that reveal to me so much wisdom,
goodness and mercy, O Lord.
You have spread so much beauty over the earth,
and it tells me about Your beauty,
even though these beautiful things
are but a faint reflection of Your comprehensible Beauty.
O glorious St. Joseph,
to you God committed the care
of His only begotten Son
amid the many dangers of this world.
We come to you
and ask you to take under your special protection
the children God has given us.
Through holy baptism
they became children of God
and members of His holy Church.
We consecrate them to you today,
Hail! most blessed Jesus,
eternal Son of the Most High God,
Please be merciful to those for whom we pray;
You died on the cross for their sakes,
give rest to their souls.
To whom shall we turn, but to You?
You have the words of the eternal life,
by which You can shorten their sufferings,
and give them eternal rest.
O God, Source and Giver of all things,
who manifests Your infinite majesty,
power and goodness in the earth about us,
we give You honor and glory.
For the sun and rain,
for the manifold fruits of our fields,
for the increase of our herds and flocks,
we thank You.
For the enrichment of our souls with Divine grace,
we are grateful.
Bartimaeus, a beggar, was sitting on the roadside, outside Jericho, blind, begging, isolated, speechless, mute. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by He waited. How long did he wait? We can imagine him straining for the sound of footsteps along the road, hoping for a rising murmur among the crowd to signal Jesus' approach.