Daily Prayer Archive

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.

March 20, 2021

Dear Lord,
I like quick results.
In summer, I want the heat to leave soon.
In fall, I look for the peak color to come when I want it
In December I wish Christmas was here.
In winter I want the snow to melt NOW.
In fact, I want winter to be over NOW.
In springtime I look for the flowers early
And I expect you to hurry the little leaves onto the trees.
And then there is COVID…

I want a vaccine to be available to all
I want to travel and to dine out.
I want to meet friends and not have to worry.
I want the deaths and suffering to stop NOW.
I think there is a lesson in all this for me.
You took eons to do the work of creation
And thousands of years to prepare the world for Jesus.
Your agony on the cross was long and painful.
Lord, let me take your hand and walk at your pace.
I trust we will arrive where we need to be
When we need to be there.

Amen.

  By Columban Fr. John Burger, U.S. Regional Director

March 19, 2021

Happy, blissful St. Joseph,
heir of the faith of all the patriarchs,
obtain for me this beautiful and precious virtue:
increase in me a lively faith,
the foundation of all sanctity,
that faith without which no one can be pleasing to God.
Obtain for me that faith
which triumphs over all temptations of the world
and conquers human respect;
which can be shaken by nothing,
and is directed solely towards God.
Cause me after your example to live by faith,
to subject my heart and understanding to God,
that once I may behold in heaven
what I now firmly believe on earth.

March 18, 2021

Father through Cyril of Jerusalem
You led Your Church to a deeper understanding
of the mysteries of salvation
Let his prayers help us to know Your Son better
and to have eternal life in all its fullness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
on God for ever and ever.

Amen.

March 17, 2021

As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the Word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Amen.

March 16, 2021

Loving God, in Your goodness You have given us the gift of life.
I ask Your pardon and forgiveness for my own failure
and the failure of all people in this world
to protect and respect this gift You have given us.
I pray that with Your grace I and all the people will respect,
reverence, and protect all life of the unborn,
the abused, neglected, disabled, and the elderly.
Guide all who make decision about life,
that they will do so with wisdom, love, and courage.
In Your name Father, Source of all life,
Son, Savior of our lives, and Spirit,
Sanctifier of our lives - I pray.

Amen.

March 15, 2021

Today Lord I choose life,
I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it,
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness,
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God,
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens, day by day handing them over to you,
I choose to take hold of your strength and power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new life, of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you
and rising to your new life, day by day.

Amen.

March 14, 2021

Thank You, Lord,
for the precious gift of my family.

I ask You to bless them,
protect them, and give them
strength to cope with their own
struggles in life.

They have surrounded me
with their love.

Enfold them, Lord,
in Your loving care,
this day and always.

Amen.

- By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

March 13, 2021

Grant us, we ask You, O Lord,
the help of Your grace:
that duly applying ourselves to fasting and prayers,
we may be delivered from enemies of mind and of body.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns,
with the Holy Ghost,
One God, world without end.

Amen.

March 12, 2021

Almighty God,
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed,
kindle in the hearts of all men the true love of peace,
and guide with Your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who make decisions for the nations of the earth;
that in tranquility Your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth be filled with the knowledge of Your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

March 11, 2021

Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.

Amen.

March 10, 2021

Imprint, O Lady, your wounds upon my heart,
that I may read therein sorrow and love;
sorrow, to endure every sorrow for you;
love, to despise every love for you.

Amen.

March 9, 2021

O almighty and eternal God,
In Saint Frances of Rome
You have given us a model of holiness,
in married life and of monastic conversion.
By Your hand-maid’s aid,
may we know, love and serve You
with all perseverance and fortitude,
so that in all circumstances,
we may fix our gaze upon You alone,
follow Your Only-begotten Son,
and faithfully carry our cross with gratitude.

March 8, 2021

Saint John of God,
heavenly Patron of the Sick,
I come to you in prayer to seek your help in my present sickness.
Through the love which Jesus had for you
in choosing you for the sublime vocation of serving the sick,
and through the tender affection
with which the Blessed Virgin Mary placed upon your head
a crown of thorns as a symbol of the sufferings
you would undergo in the service of the sick
to attain to your crown of glory,
I beg you to intercede for me to Jesus and Mary
that They may grant me a cure,
if this should be according to the Will of God.

March 7, 2021

O what consolation,
what sweetness,
what confidence,
what emotion fill my soul
when I pronounce your sacred name,
or even only think of you.

I thank God for having given you,
for my good, so sweet,
so powerful, so lovely a name.

But I will not be content with merely
pronouncing your name:
let my love for you prompt me
ever to hail you,
Mother of Perpetual Help.

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