Breath in me, Spirit of God,
that I may think what is holy;
drive me, Spirit of God,
that I may do what is holy;
draw me Spirit of God,
that I may love what is holy;
strengthen me, Spirit of God,
that I may preserve what is holy;
guard me, Spirit of God,
that I may never lose what is holy.

Behold, O my most loving Jesus,
how far Your exceeding love has reached!
Of Your own Flesh and Most Precious Blood
You have prepared for me a Divine table
in order to give Yourself wholly to me.
What has impelled You to such transports of love?
Nothing else surely save Your most loving Heart.
O adorable Heart of my Jesus,
burning furnace of Divine charity,
receive my heart within Your most sacred wound;
to the end that in this school of love,
I may learn to make a return of love to the God
who has given me such wondrous proof of His love.

Amen.

Mary, Mother of mercy, watch over all people,
that the Cross of Christ may not be emptied of its power,
that man may not stray from the path of good
or become blind to sin,
but may put his hope ever more fully in God
Who is "rich in mercy."
May he carry out the good works
prepared by God beforehand
and so live completely "for the praise of His glory."

Amen.

It’s wonderful after illness
to feel your strength returning
to feel your old self again,
to start getting on top of things.

But it takes time and patience,
just getting back into a routine,
into the swing of things
can seem like a mountain to climb,
a challenge too far.

Lord, help me grow strong again,
help me each step of the way
so that taking one step at a time,
with Your help I will come out on top.

Amen.

— By a Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

Risen Lord, you gave me power and strength
through your Holy Spirit.
Show me how to watch over Your flock
with compassion and acceptance.

So many people are hurting during this time of pandemic.
The reports of deaths and sickness brings sadness
Heavenly Father, watch over us with your
deep abiding unconditional love for us.

Bring comfort to those who suffer
let them know that they are not alone.

Lead me Lord to be a neighbor to those in need.
Let me share my time and attention
with the people who are lonely and afraid.

Give me courage to follow your teachings to think of others;
and to offer some small charity to my neighbors.

This prayer is raised in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Amen

— By a Columban Missionary

As we read in Ecclesiastes there is a time for everything.
There is a time to weep , a time to laugh,
a time to mourn, a time to dance and so on.
Our time, Lord, is certainly a difficult time.
There is the worldwide pandemic,
old injustices are being highlighted and demanding redress,
many are suffering economic stress and other fears.
But I trust that truth will spring out of the earth
and your justice look down from heaven.
Despite it all, give me confidence in your constant care.

We speak to you, O blessed Joseph,
our protector on earth,
as one who knows the value of work
and the response of our calling.
We address you through your holy spouse,
the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God,
and knowing the fatherly affection
with which you embraced Our Lord Jesus,
ask that you may assist us in our needs,
and strengthen us in our labors.

By our promise to do worthily our daily tasks,
keep us from failure,
from a greedy mind,
and from a corrupt heart.
Be our watchful guardian in our work,
our defender and strength
against injustice and errors.
As we look to your example
and seek your assistance,
support us in our every effort,
that we may come to everlasting rest
with you in the blessedness of heaven.

Amen.

Lord You are my refuge and my strength
in times of trial and distress.
When I fail to accept your grace
and go my own way You are there to save
and redeem me with Your mercy.
You take away my guilt and create
a new heart within me.
Help me to be faithful and praise
You with my every word and deed.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dominican Tertiary and Doctor of the Church,
you were full of wisdom,
the special gift of God,
and you knew how to guide even Pontiffs,
as well as how to extinguish fiery passions
and restore true peace among people.
How inspiring your spiritual writings
and how heroic your abstemious life!
Fires are today unfortunately all too common,
including those caused by criminals.
Please protect and encourage firefighters
in their heroic efforts to save lives.

Amen.

O Mary, my Queen,
I cast myself in the arms of your mercy.
I place my soul and body
in your blessed care
and under your special protection
from this world.
I entrust to you all my hopes and consolations,
all my anguish and misery,
my life and the end of my life.
Through your most holy intercession
and through your merits,
grant that all my works may be directed
and carried out in accord with your will
and the will of your Divine Son.

Amen.

Good and Gracious God,
We thank You for the resilience
and grace that You have given us
to bear this time of COVID virus.

Lord help us to lean on Your goodness
in times of suffering and isolation
so that we may be aware of others and serve them.

We make this prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ,
Our Lord and Savior.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand You,
reason to discern You,
diligence to seek You,
wisdom to find You,
a spirit to know You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
ears to hear You,
eyes to see You,
a tongue to proclaim You,
a way of life pleasing to You,
patience to wait for You
and perseverance to look for You.
Grant me a perfect end,
Your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection
and life everlasting.

Lord You care for me, You protect me,
and You show me how to live
according to Your ways.
This gives me the power and strength
to face up to the difficulties and trials
that come my way.
But sometimes these concerns
threaten to distract me
and forget Your gift of Yourself in me.
Help me to always be aware
of Your gracious presence which sustains me
no matter what tribulations I may encounter.

— By a Columban Missionary

Lord Jesus Christ,
grant me the gift of understanding.
Help me to understand the feelings of others,
the desires of others, the goals of others.
At the same time,
help me to understand myself
in my actions and reactions.
Widen my vision
beyond my own small world
to embrace with knowledge
and love the worlds of others.

Help me, Lord, to always see you
at work in my own life
and in the lives of others.
Bless me with insight, acceptance and love
that is tempered by you
who are all things to all men.
Help me to understand, Lord.

Amen.