Daily Prayer Archive

April 4, 2021

Today, we are thrilled to go with Mary Magdalen
as she finds her crucified Master now risen from the tomb
where she had expected Him to stay.

With the Apostles we are amazed as our risen Lord
takes food again in His pierced hands, filling us
with peace as He sends us out to tell all the world
about His mission of mercy from the Fathers.

We feel more bonded to the risen Jesus as He cooks
a fish breakfast for us back on the shore of Lake Galilee,
and we join with a humbled Peter as he exclaims,
“Lord, You know that I love You.”

With better understanding of Your being “lifted up”
on the cross as the way You returned to glory with the Father,
we now ask You, Lord Jesus, to draw us more fully into
Your friendship, peace and happiness of Easter.

Inspire us to be witnesses to You,
the conqueror of death itself and the Lord of life.
Help us to bring something of Your limitless compassion
to those suffering today as war victims, refugees,
the hungry, and the sick.
May we be inspired to share with them
the unshakable happiness of Easter people.

Amen.

— By Columban Fr. Christopher Baker

April 3, 2021

Lord, Your rising from the dead
increases my faith, hope and love.
May my belief in Your resurrection
change my attitude and behavior toward others.
Through Your Son, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Amen.

April 2, 2021

O Jesus, who by reason of Your burning love for us
has willed to be crucified and to shed
Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption
and salvation of our souls,
look down upon in remembrance
of Your most sorrowful Passion and Death,
fully trusting in Your mercy;
cleanse us from sin by Your grace,
sanctify our toil, give us and all those
who are dear to us our daily bread,
sweeten our sufferings,
bless our families, and to the nations
so sorely afflicted, grant Your peace,
which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Your commandments
we may come at last to the glory of heaven.

Amen.

April 1, 2021

Father, Your Son chose Your will for Him
over His own desires.
Help us to remember Christ’s example,
and give us the strength to do Your will,
even when it seems difficult.
You are always with us,
especially in our times of need.
We are thankful for Your blessings every day.

Amen.

March 31, 2021

Loving Father,
I stand before You in the midst of confusion and complexities of life.
My future sometimes seems distant and unknown.
Give me, O Lord, the vision to see the path You set before me.
Grant me the courage to follow Your way,
that through the gifts and talents You have given me,
I may bring Your life and Your love to others.
I ask this through Jesus, Your Son and my Brother.

Amen.

March 30, 2021

Take away all fear from my life
and give me a strong faith like Abraham,
our father in faith.
As I celebrate this Eucharist
I wait in joyful hope for the return of the Master.

Give me all I need each day:
do not put me to the test.

Help me to recognize that nothing in life
is more important than preparation for the final encounter.

Deliver me from all evil,
past, present and to come.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.

Amen.

March 29, 2021

Lord, Jesus, Through Thine infant cries
when You were born for me in the manger,
Through Your tears when You died for me on the Cross,
Through Your love as You live for me in the tabernacle,
Have mercy on me and save me.

Amen.

March 28, 2021

Passion of Christ, strengthen me!
Strengthen me under the pressure of temptation.
Strengthen me when principle is at stake.
Strengthen me to do Your Will, My God.
Strengthen me in moments of suffering,
in times of loneliness,
in periods of depression.
Strengthen me that I may never swerve from You, dear Christ,
nor weaken through human respect,
through a desire to be popular,
through hope of social distinction.
Strengthen me to accept my cross
and carry it generously to the end.
On the battlefield of life,
stand by me that I may never prove a traitor in the ranks.
Stand by me that I may not be dazzled
by the glitter and glow of the enemy camp.

Amen.

March 27, 2021

Give me confidence in the depths of danger.
Give me hope when I am surrounded by fear.
Still my worries,
calm the anxieties pressing in on me from the world I live in.
Reassure me that you are with me when I seem alone.
Ease my doubting, as you did Thomas'.
Guide my searching for peace,
so that I may not seek it where it is not to be found,
but I may seek it in you.
Lord Jesus, live in me and give me your peace.

Amen.

March 26, 2021

Lord, in Your love for the Church,
You provide bishops, priests, and deacons
as shepherds for Your people,
and You call men and women
to leave all things to serve You joyfully in religious life.

May those whom You have raised up
as servants of the Gospel
and ministers for Your altars
show forth dedication and compassion.

May those whom You have chosen
to serve You as religious
provide, by their way of life,
a convincing sign of Your Kingdom
for the Church and the whole world.

March 25, 2021

O most holy Virgin Mary,
to whom God sent the Angel Gabriel
to announce that you should be the mother of His Only-Begotten Son,
pray for us who have recourse to you.

Holy, lovely Mary
We give our all to you
What is past and present,
And the future, too.
Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception
of the most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

March 24, 2021

Lord, I believe:
I wish to believe in You.
Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved,
and let it penetrate my thought,
my way of judging Divine things and human things.
Lord, let my faith be joyful
and give peace and gladness to my spirit,
and dispose it for prayer with God
and conversation with men,
so that the inner bliss of its fortunate possession
may shine forth in sacred and secular conversation.
Lord, let my faith be humble and not presume
to be based on the experience of my thought and of my feeling;
but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

March 23, 2021

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way,
That even when I kneel to pray,
My prayer shall be for "Others"

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true,
And know, that all I do for You
Must needs be done for "Others"

And when my work on earth is done,
And my new work in Heaven´s begun,
May I forget the crown I´ve won,
While thinking still of "Others"

"Others" Lord, yes, "Others"
Let this motto be,
Help me live for others
That I may live for You.

March 22, 2021

How life has slowed down! 
I used to be engaged in frenetic activity. 
Now I am limited by constraints from Covid-19. 
I always wanted to rest, to simply have time to be at peace. 
Now I have that time. 
But instead I am anxious, upset and worried
about getting back to the way it was.  
Maybe my idea of peace is not the Lord’s. 
Now I am beginning to understand that verse
from John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. 
I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  
Lord help me to take advantage of this time
to accept the peace that only you can give.

— By a Columban Missionary

March 21, 2021

Dear Lord!
Make me remember,
when the world seems cold and dreary
and I know not where to turn for comfort,
that there is always one spot bright and cheerful,
the Sanctuary.
When I am in desolation of spirit,
when all who are dear to me have passed away
like summer flowers
and none are left to love me and care for me,
whisper to my troubled soul
that there is one Friend who dies not,
one who's Love never changes
Jesus on the altar.
When sorrow thicken and crush me with their burden,
when I look in vain for comfort,
let me remember Your words:
"Come to Me,
all you who labor and are heavily burdened,
and I will refresh you."

Amen.

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