God of the desert,
as we follow Jesus into the unknown,
may we recognize the tempter when he comes;
let it be Your bread we eat,
Your world we serve
and You alone we worship.
February 26, 2020
God of the desert,
February 25, 2020
O crystal Fountain of Faith,
bathe our minds with the eternal truths!
O fragrant Lily of All Holiness,
captivate our hearts with your heavenly perfume!
O Conqueror of Evil and Death,
inspire in us a deep horror of sin,
which makes the soul detestable to God and a slave of hell.
O heavenly Mother, though degraded by our faults
and overwhelmed by infinite misery,
we admire and praise the peerless richness
of the sublime gifts with which God has filled you,
above every other mere creature,
from the first moment of your conception
until the day on which,
after your assumption into heaven,
he crowned you Queen of the Universe.
February 24, 2020
Heavenly Father, Almighty God,
I humble myself before Your Presence.
What a joy it is to come to You.
I thank You and I praise Your infinite Majesty,
Omnipotence and Perfections.
Please forgive me of all my sins.
Lord I come to You in my nothingness.
I want to worship You and adore You,
to love You with all my heart,
with all my mind, with all my soul
and with all my strength.
I want to burn with desire for You like an angel.
I need You my Lord, I am nothing without You.
I ask You to raise me before Your Glory.
Shine Your light upon me,
allow me to walk with You
and always do Your Holy Will.
Protect me and bless me O Merciful Lord.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit,
grant me peace, love and joy.
Heal me, bless me and sanctify me O Lord;
make me a blessing for all those around me.
February 23, 2020
To you, our Mother, we entrust in a special way
our Bishop and the priests of our diocese.
To them has been given a special sharing
in the priesthood of Your Divine Son.
He has chosen them to be ministers of His Word and Sacrament.
Ask Him to fill them with zeal,
to keep them faithful and joyful in His service,
conscious of the fact that they care
and so bring glory to the father
and honor to the Church.
Holy Mother, increase the ranks of our priests
by inspiring our young people to be more generous
in their response to serve Jesus in the priesthood
and in religious life.
Sustain all of us, O Virgin Mary,
on our journey of faith
and obtain for us the grace of eternal salvation.
February 22, 2020
Heavenly Father, in these trying times
when the spirit of the age threatens Christian values,
give our bishop holiness of life and wisdom
to direct and guide our diocesan family so that
we may grow in your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
February 21, 2020
O God, today is new unlike any other day,
for God makes each day different.
Today God's everyday grace falls on my soul
like abundant seed, though I may hardly see it.
Today is one of those days Jesus promised
to be with me, a companion on my journey,
And my life today, if I trust him,
has consequences unseen.
My life has a purpose.
I am a bond of connection between persons.
God has not created me for naught.
Therefore I will trust him.
Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.
God does nothing in vain.
February 20, 2020
O well-beloved of God,
hear the ardent cry
which rises up from every heart.
Bend tenderly over our aching wounds.
Convert the wicked,
dry the tears of the afflicted and oppressed,
comfort the poor and humble,
quench hatreds, sweeten hardness,
safeguard the flower of purity in youth,
protect the holy church,
make all men feel the attractions of Christian goodness.
In your name O holy Mother,
resounding harmoniously in heaven,
may they recognize that they are brothers,
and that the nations are members of one family,
upon which may there shine forth the sun
of a universal and sincere peace.
February 19, 2020
Mother of Sweetness,
the faith and love with which you give your Divine Son
urges me to open my heart to the love of your heart
so that the sweetness of your Mother's love may touch me deeply.
May the sweetness of your heart cause me
to share with others your love for Jesus.
When I meditate on the mysteries of Jesus Christ
in the most Holy Rosary, ever-Virgin Mother Mary,
reveal to me the sweetness of your own Immaculate Heart.
February 18, 2020
O God, bountiful in forgiving,
and lovingly desirous of man's salvation,
we humbly ask Your mercy in behalf of our friends,
relations and benefactors,
who have passed from this world, that,
through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin
and all the Saints,
You would permit them to come
to the full participation of everlasting happiness.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
February 17, 2020
Enraptured by the splendor of your heavenly beauty,
and impelled by the anxieties of the world,
we cast ourselves into your arms,
O Immaculate Mother of Jesus and our Mother, Mary,
confident of finding in your most loving heart
appeasement of our ardent desires,
and a safe harbor from the tempests
which beset us on every side.
February 16, 2020
Mother of our Redeemer,
in this era dedicated to you,
with great joy we call you blessed.
You believed in the Word of God the father
and declared yourself His handmaid,
and so, through you,
the Word became flesh,
and dwelt among us.
We salute you as Mother, our Mother,
the Mother of the Church.
With what great love you must have watched over the infant Church
and what motherly solicitude encouraged the apostles
as they committed themselves to carry on the work
of Your Divine Son on earth.
Make the Church ever to be the sign and instrument
of intimate union with God.
February 15, 2020
O my God, now I see very clearly that I have not given You
the service that I owe You for so many reasons.
I have abused Your wonderful gifts,
using them to offend You who are so good and so lovable.
I sinned even in Your presence.
I saddened Your Heart at the very moment
when You were looking on me with perfect love.
I was so blind and ungrateful as to love creatures more than You, my creator,
who because You are infinitely good and lovable deserve all my love;
I preferred my own pleasure to doing Your will.
Pardon me, O my God,
for all the sins of my whole life.
I am sorry for them.
I hate them from the bottom of my heart because You hate them.
I beg of You, say to me, "Your sins are forgiven."
February 14, 2020
Dear God, Loving Essence of all there is.
Please fill me with your sacred presence.
I ask for your Love and Guidance and for your blessings
as I explore the deep reaches of my heart I ask for your assistance
in releasing that which stands in the way of true love.
My heart is pure; my intentions clear.
Please bring to me my most perfect partner.
May my heart be open and my head be clear.
May my life be ready to welcome True love.
May I be embraced in a circle of your love
An uplifted by your grace.
February 13, 2020
O Blessed Virgin Mary, you are the mother
and queen of every Christian family.
When you conceived and gave birth to Jesus,
human motherhood reached its greatest achievement.
From the time of the Annunciation
you were the living chalice of the Son of God made man.
You are the queen of the home.
As a woman of faith, you inspire all mothers
to transmit faith to their children.
Watch over our families.
Let children learn free and loving obedience
inspired by your obedience to God.
Let parents learn dedication
and selflessness based on your unselfish attitude.
Let all families honor you and remain devoted to you
so that they may be held together by your example
and your intercession.
February 12, 2020
Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage;
We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves
a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.
Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion,
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.
Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people,
the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.
Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name
we entrust the authority of government, that there may be
justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law,
we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail;
all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.