I know I cannot just strive “to save my soul.” Your call of love compels me to be open to all creation and especially to those who have less in life, the poor, the homeless, the refugee, the hungry, the imprisoned, the sick, all those in need. This seems overwhelming. Yet each act of kindness and generosity no matter how simple is important. Please bear with my reluctance and limits. Inspire my heart to burn with a freeing love for others. Amen. – Columban Fr. John Comiskey

Help me not to complain, Help me to put my trust in You. I now you see and understand all That I’m going through. You know how hard The long days and nights can be. You are my comfort, The one who understands me. Lord help me to always trust in You. Amen.

There are times when I realize I’ve complained too much And others seem to avoid me. It’s just that I feel so low at times, So exhausted, so unwell, And everthing is a real effort, It all gets too much. Lord, please help me, Help me to be patient In my trouble and sickness.

May the Spirit of God Be close to you, Renew and uplift you, Strengthen and comfort you, Pour gifts on you to heal you, Enfold you in love to protect you, Lighten your burden of illness, Bestow peace in mind and body, Guide you in the way of Christ And so lead you into glory. Amen. - Patrick Sayles SSC

Gracious God, we confess that we cannot come to your by our own strength. Thank you for coming to us through Jesus Christ. Continue to draw us to your word and enlighten us with your Spirit. Lead us to trust in your grace alone. Amen

God you have called us from among the peoples and nations of the world to be your own. Thank you for the love that you have shown us by leading us to your service. Help us to live as people who are in but not of the world, that we may be light to others and bring you glory and honor. Amen

God you send us to be lights in a dark world. With the power of your Spirit and your Word, we have the courage to confess our faith in your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Oh God, In Saint Peregrine You give us the example Of patient suffering, Of fidelity to prayer in spite of pain, And of dedication to helping the sick. I humbly ask That through Peregrine’s love for the sick You will comfort me in my illness, Through the help of his prayers You will strengthen me in my weakness, And through the example of his patience You will enable me to cope with my cancer. Though his intercession help me To open my heart to your healing love, And so come closer to you. Amen.

Lord, you wished to comfort those heavy and overburdened with cares, so they could find rest for their souls. Comfort me now, to lighten my cares, help me to feel precious in your sight. Lord, come close to me, touch me. Amen.

Lord, you touched the suffering when others kept their distance, to make them whole again. Touch me now with your healing love, make me whole again.

Weary after walking, You sat down to rest. Thirsty at the well, You asked for a drink. Exhausted in a boat, You slept in the storm. Sad at Lazarus’s death, You wept at his tomb. In anguish at Supper, You wanted to die. Afraid at the garden, You sweated blood. Dying on the Cross You gave a loud cry. Lord, you understand My weariness, My fear and pain. Comfort me again And again. Amen

When I’m not feeling well, And tired, I can get so down, Down with others, Down with myself, Down with everything, My spirit withers within me. I become like a flower in a dry land, Desperate for rain, Just wishing to feel better, So I can enjoy my life again. Lord, make haste to help me, Send the showers of your love upon me, So that like flowers refreshed in rain, I can lift up my drooping head, And rejoice in you instead. Amen

The disciples cried out in Panic when their boat was almost sinking, aroused from your slumber You calmed the storm, and all was peace again. Lord, I cry out to you, too, to arouse you from your slumber. Lest the waves overwhelm me, as it's all too much to bear. One minute I can feel fine, the next I'm struggling to put on a smile. Lord, calm my storm within. Let me know your gentle peace, like a calm river on a Summer's day. Amen

You put up with my moods, Lord, when it all gets too much, and others don't seem to understand, when I'm lifeless as sand, not at peace, not at rest, lacking in zest, without any go, because something's not right, through what I don't quite know. Then somewhere in my heart, gently you remind me I'm precious to you, that you are my friend. A few moments with you make all the difference. Your friendship keeps me going. Amen

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest. Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it. Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn't frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place. Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing call "I". Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others. Amen - St. Thomas More