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Weekly Prayer Archive

September 20, 2018

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace,
who are Yourself our peace and reconciliation,
who so often said, “Peace to You,” grant us peace.
Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.

Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.
May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters.

May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.

- Pope John XXIII

September 13, 2018

O everlasting and loving God,
I consecrate myself wholly to Your today.
Lt all my days offer you ceaseless praise,
my hands move to the rhythm of Your impulses,
my feet be swift in Your service,
my voice sing constantly of You,
my lips proclaim Your message,
my eyes perceive You everywhere,
and my ears be attuned to your inspirations.

May my intellect be filled with Your wisdom,
my will be moved by Your beauty,
my heart be enraptured with Your love,
and my soul be flooded with Your grace.

Grant that every action of mine be done for Your greater glory.

- A Columban Missionary

September 6, 2018

St. Columban pray for us.

Pilgrim and wanderer for Christ
Disciple of Christ
True to the word of God
Dove of Peace
Friend of nature
Lover of animals
Protector of the environment
Healer of the sick
Courageous and fearless
Caring and brotherly
Forgiving and rich in mercy
Contemplative and close to God
Monk and missionary
Man of justice and integrity
Man of freedom and liberty

Oh Lord hear our prayer, and grant us your salvation

Amen

- A Columban Missionary

August 23, 2018

Heavenly Father, caring and loving God, 
You never fail to help me when I 
call upon You in my time of need.

Guide the doctors 
who are treating me in my illness. 
Help the nurses and staff 
who are caring for me.

Hold me gently in the palm 
of Your healing hand 
and protect me from all harm.

Amen.

- Columban Fr. John Marley

August 16, 2018

God of Mercy and Compassion -

When I hesitate to act because of fear, be my strength.
When I question my existence, assure me.
When I want to show off my worth, humble me.
When I miss seeing the needs of others, awaken me.
When I forget the beauty of loving presence, remind me.
When I run away from a call to present, bring me back.

- Columban Lay Missionary Arlenne Villahermosa

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.

Amen

- A Columban Missionary

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.

Amen

- Columban Fr. John Marley

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

July 19, 2018

O God, how precious I am to You.
Since the beginning of time,
You were there for me.

You were there when I was happy;
You were there when I was sad.
You never left me.

Once when I felt so alone,
so broken and in grief,
I thought You had left me.

But I was wrong because You never left me.
It was me, O God, who had left, It was me,
who did not seek, did not trust, did not
surrender to Your love.

How great is Your love for me, O God!
Yet, I still doubt; I steal fear your Love.
Why can’t I believe that You love me?
How little faith I have in Your, O God.
Why can’t I believe that Your love me,
that You want me?

Why can’t I accept that being myself
Is enough for You, O God?

Why do I need reasons and answers?
What use are these for me?
Does everything have an answer?
Does Your love for me have a reason?
Help me, God, to let go of my doubts.
Help me see the beauty of Your love,
Open my heard – the place where You dwell.
Help me to accept that love needs no reason,
that love doesn’t doubt, that love has no fear.

Fill me with Your love, O God.
Fill me with Your unceasing love.
A love without end.

- Columban Lay Missionary Vida Hequilan

July 12, 2018

God, You are the source of all life.
You created me and formed me in my mother’s womb.
(Psalm 139)

You gave Your only Son Jesus so that I may
have live, and have it to the full.
(John 10:10)

You shaped me and blew the breath of life
into me and made me become a living being.
(Genesis 2:7)

My pride and selfishness makes me think I am God,
and this blinds me to think that I live for myself.
Your servant St. Paul reminds me that while I live,
I live for You, God, and if I die, I am Yours.
(Romans 14:8)

Facing the music of life that it offers,
the challenges at times makes me “cut out”
myself from the very source of life.
I am like the branch that cuts out from the true vine.
(John 15:5)

When I am not connected to the source of life or the true vine,
I really feel empty, and it makes me think
that life is not worth living.
The source of life fills me with all the blessings and graces I need.

Restore me that I may be one with You.
You are my life.

- Columban Fr. Taaremon Matauea

July 5, 2018

In You, O God, I put my trust.

In you, O God, I have experienced Your grace.
My trust and confidence come from knowing You, O Lord.
It is the reason I have confidence in Your goodness, O Lord.

In time of pain and misery, I have confidence in You, O Lord,
since You stay faithful and listen compassionately to me.
In times when I cannot get out of darkness,
You are there to raise me with Your love.
You embrace me like a lost son 
looking for affirmation and assurance.
Your love and presence to me, Lord, 
is why I have confidence in You.

I have confidence in You, Lord, since 
You have helped me through others.
In the thickness of things, You stay close to me
like a trustworthy friend.
You do not judge me in my shortcomings, 
but Your gaze of love melts my heart.

You, O Lord, are full of love and compassion
towards a broken-hearted soul.
Your gaze is what gives me the confidence
to get up and journey on in life.
I have no confidence in money or power that five false security.
I have no confidence in fame, prestige, or the praise of others.
I have no confidence in pride, achievement, or success.

But I have every confidence in your 
unconditional love and goodness.
I have every confidence in your mercy and forgiveness.
It is this confidence in Your, O Lord, 
that draws me closer and closer to You.

- Columban Fr. Felisiano Fatu

June 21, 2018

Jesus, we know You are calling us to follow
You just as You called Your first disciples.
You need us. You want us to be Your hands,
Your feet and Your welcoming smile.

We tell You that we are too young,
too inexperienced. That won’t work.
You want us to imitate Your Mother
who, while young and inexperienced,
said “Your will be done.”

We could claim old age. We can’t walk very far.
Or we can hardly seek or hear.
But then we read about old Simeon
who spent all his old age
waiting to greet his Messiah.

You want all of us to continue
as your disciples no matter our age.
We can always put a feeble hand
on another’s trembling shoulder.
We can spread Your message
in so many ways.
You don’t want to be stuck in a tabernacle.
You want to be out among us
working through us and with us.
We thank You for asking us to be
an important part of Your plan,
and important part of Your Kingdom.

Amen

- Columban Fr. Gerald Wilmsen

June 14, 2018

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 tire myself out with doubts about
what Your power can do for me,
and You simply repeat,
“Trust Me! Will you trust Me?”
until I finally say, “I will!”

Then, You show me that You are most faithful.
You restore me to full health,
and I go forward rejoicing to follow
You along the road.

- Columban Fr. Joseph Joyce

June 7, 2018

Today, again, I am in Your presence,
Your real presence, Your saving presence.
I adore You.
I am allowed by You to be before You here.

I see it’s a beautiful day outside, a pure blue sky.
The sun shines on the green and gold house
reminding me of home and family.
Here I am in Alto Hospicio.
It was dark earlier when I got up,
but now it’s bright.

You say to me, “Neither do I condemn you.”
I depend on these words;
I believe in these words.
It makes me happy that You are merciful,
especially to those who live so much alone.
I want to be merciful, too.

Give me Your Holy Spirit today
to keep me from sin and live in Your peace.
You who is merciful as Your Father is merciful.

- Columban Fr. Michael Howe

May 31, 2018

My soul magnifies the Lord
And My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Because He has regarded the humility of His handmaid:
for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Because He that is mighty has done great things to me:
and holy is His Name.
And His mercy is from generation to generations,
to them that fear Him.
He has shown might in His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

He has put down the mighty from their seat
and has exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He sent empty away.

He has received Israel His servant,
being mindful of His mercy.
As He spoke to our fathers:
to Abraham and to his seed forever.

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