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Father’s Day Prayer

God our Father,
in Your wisdom and love You made all things.
Bless these men,
that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Trust in Jesus

I place my trust in You without reserve
and I hope for the remission of my sins
through Your infinite mercy.
I place within Your hands all my cares and anxieties.
I promise to love You and to honor You
until the last moment of my life,
and to spread, as much as I can,
devotion to Your most Sacred Heart.

Do with me what You will, my Jesus.
I deserve no other reward except
Your greater glory and Your holy love.
Take this offering of myself
and give me a place within Your Divine Heart forever.

Amen.

Your Goodness

My soul,
my Jesus loves you ardently.
Hope for great favors from the Lord,
Who, through an impulse of love,
comes to you all love.
Yes, my Jesus, my hope,
I trust in Your goodness,
that in giving Yourself to me this morning,
You will kindle in my poor soul
the flames of Your pure love,
and of an ardent desire to please You,
that, from this day forward,
I may wish only what You wish.

The Recuperation Journey

Lord of patience and kindness –

You share in my ups and downs of recovery.
I believe in Your healing mercy,
and in the restoring energies of nature
You have put in my body and spirit.

I see the signs of Your healing love in me,
and joy surges in my heart.
I tell You aloud my thanksgiving
and smile my trust in You.

But You know how changeable I am,
how impatient to be cured.
You let me complain as much as I desire
and assure me that You still are there.

I Love You My God

O my God!
I love You,
with my whole heart and soul,
and above all things,
because You are infinitely good and perfect,
and most worthy of all my love;
and for Your sake,
I love my neighbor as myself.
Mercifully grant,
O my God!
that having loved You on earth,
I may love and enjoy You
forever in heaven.

Amen.

Act of Abandonment

O my God, I thank you and I praise
you for accomplishing your holy
and all-lovable will without any regard for mine.
With my whole heart,
in spite of my heart,
do I receive this cross I feared so much!

It is the cross of Your choice,
the cross of Your love.
I venerate it;
nor for anything in the world
would I wish that it had not come,
since You willed it.

Beauty and Meaning

In mid-January 2018, I spent a few days with our Columban missionaries in the parish of Badin, Pakistan, before attending a meeting of our Columban missionaries living and working in Pakistan. Badin is in the interior Sindh Province and is served by Columban Frs. Tony Cavanagh and Dan O'Connor. The Sunday liturgy reminded me much of Masses I myself said over many years in Fiji.

Fr. Patrick Colgan visiting the Parkari Kholi community.

Fire of the Holy Spirit

O Lord,
You have mercy on all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully set me ablaze
with the fire of Your Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a human heart,
a heart to love and adore You,
a heart to delight in You,
to follow and enjoy You.

Amen.

Enlighten My Understanding

I offer You, Lord, my thoughts;
to be fixed on You; 
my words: to have You for their theme;
my actions: to reflect my love for You;
my sufferings: to be endured for Your greater glory.

I want to do what You ask of me:
in the way You ask, because You asked.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
strengthen my will,
purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
and to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weakness
and to grow stronger as a Christian.

Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Heavenly beauty and splendor of the Father,
You are the most valued Heavenly treasure.

New Eve, immaculate in soul, spirit and body,
Created of the godly seed by the Spirit of God,
You are the spiritual Mother of mankind.

Pure Virgin, full of grace then and now,
Your whole being was raised Heavenly in full glory,
To be elevated above all the hosts within the Kingdom of God.

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