You are with us in all we say and do. Yet we can forget your presence and get caught up with the many distractions and false gods that beset us. We can forget that others are part of our lives. We can easily ignore or worse condemn the poor, the abandoned, the exiles and those whose beliefs differ from our own. Show us how to open our hearts and bear each other’s burdens. Amen – Columban Fr. John Comiskey
Lord Jesus Christ, take all my freedom, my memory, my understanding and my will. All that I have and cherish You have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by Your will. Your love and Your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, I ask for nothing more. Amen.
My good and dearest Jesus, I kneel before You, begging and praying with all the ardor of my soul to engrave deep and vivid impressions of faith, hope, and charity on my heart, with true repentance for my sins, and a very firm purpose of amendment. Meanwhile I ponder over Your five wounds, dwelling on them with deep compassion and sorrow, remembering the words that David the prophet long ago put into Your mouth, good Jesus, about Yourself: They have pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones.
Father, I dedicate this new day to you, as I go about my work. I ask you to bless those with whom I come in contact. Lord, I pray for all men and women who work to earn their living, give them satisfaction in what they do. Spirit of God, comfort the unemployed and their families, they are your children and my brothers and sisters. I ask you to help them find work soon. – St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)
Dear Angel at my side, my good and loyal friend, you have been with me since the moment I was born. You are my own personal guardian, given me by God as my guide and protector, and you will stay with me till I die. He who created you and me gave me to you as your particular charge. You assisted in great joy at my baptism, when I became part of the Mystical Body of Christ, and was made a member of the household of God and an heir of heaven. You saw the dangers that beset my path, and, if I sinned, it was in spite of you. Help me steadfastly to avoid evil and do good and always guard my soul from sin. Protect me as well from physical evils as I go about my daily work. Help me to face death bravely, patiently, with great love of God, knowing that it is only through death that I can come to Him in heaven! Then, come with me to my Judge, and when the hour of my salvation comes, take me home to my Father, God. Amen
Mother of Mercy, I name you Lady and Queen of my family and relatives, my interests and all my undertakings. Take charge of them; dispose of everything as it pleases you. Bless me and all my family. Never let any of us offend your Son. In every temptation defend us; protect us in every danger; provide for us in the necessities of life; counsel us in doubt; comfort us in every sorrow, in every sickness, and especially in the final sorrow of death. Never let the powers of Hell boast that they have enslaved any of those who here consecrate themselves to you. Grant that we may all enter into Heaven to thank you and, in your company, to praise and love Jesus our Redeemer for all eternity. Amen.
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Queen and Mother, the refuge and consolation of all troubled souls! I kneel here before you with my family and choose you for my Lady, Mother, and Advocate with God. I dedicate myself and all who belong to me to your service forever. I beg thee, O Mother of God, to receive us into the company of your servants. Take us under your protection. Help us in life and at the hour of our death.
Jesus, help us to ponder in our hearts over the many ways you show your love in our lives, and lead us to walk with your mother as we follow you each day. Jesus, we praise you, for you are our Lord and our God for ever and ever. Amen!
O good and dearest Jesus, I kneel before Your face. With all my heart I ask You to place in my heart more faith, hope and charity. Give me a true sorrow for my sins and a strong will to do better With great sorrow and grief I look upon your five wounds and think about them. Before my eyes are the words that the prophet David said of You, O good Jesus: "They have pierced my hands and feet They have numbered all my bones."
Jesus, our brother and our Lord, you have come to save us because God loves us with a deep and unending love. You have given us Mary, your mother, to be our mother too, and invite us to follow her example. On earth she was a woman of faith and prayer, of obedience to God's will, always ready to serve in any way. In heaven she continues to pray for us, so that we may serve God faithfully in our daily living.
Dear God, I spend so much time reliving yesterday or anticipating tomorrow that I lose sight of the only time that is really mine, the present moment. You give today one moment at a time. That's all I have, all I ever will have. Give the faith which knows that each moment contains exactly what is best for me. Give the hope which trusts You enough to forget past failings and future trials. Give the love which makes each moment an anticipation of eternity with You. We ask this in the name of Jesus Who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Amen.
Shine your light upon me so that I may see my true vocation. Give me the grace to hear your word and be an example to others of your love for us. I pray for all in the Priesthood, Consecrated life, Marriage and Single life, and for all who are listening to your call, that they may answer you in their vocation. Thank you for sending your son Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest; help me to follow His example. May I freely, courageously and lovingly respond. Amen.
Heavenly Father, since the time of the Apostles you have inspired the Church to commission certain members to assist in a special way in the pastoral mission of Christ. Bless the deacons and all other ordained and non-ordained ministers that they may be humble and faith-inspired in their service. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
O Holy Spirit, I humbly implore You, be with me always so that in all things, I may act under the influence of Your holy inspiration. Amen.
Dear Jesus, the stark beauty of sunset startles me. The death of a dear friend stuns me. I cannot grasp the wonder of it all. You call me to be still and trust. Let the waves of feeling wash over me and bring healing and hope. Amen – By Columban Fr. John Comiskey