Daily Prayer Archive

January 20, 2021

Glorious Saint Sebastian,
you who had great courage,
help us to be witnesses of Jesus
before this unbelieving world
as You have brought others to Christ.
Help us to have the love of neighbor
that You had and to give our lives
for our brothers, even in difficulties and dangers.
Help us to have faith in the pains of life
as You endured cruel martyrdom.
Protect all soldiers, military and police
against every danger in their work.
Protect all nations against wars,
hunger and pestilence.
Intercede for the grace that I desire.


January 19, 2021

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 at rights,
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.


- By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

January 18, 2021

Dear Lord God,
it was steady and predictable
to live in stability for a long time.

Now, there is much uncertainty
How long will this pandemic last?

In ages past, our ancestors also had
experiences of pandemic

We are not the only ones to know
this kind of illness and possible pending

Faith teaches us that you  will not abandon us Lord God.
So, we lean on your promise to stay with us
for all time.

Let us be sources of encouragement and support
for one another as brothers and sisters
as we face the changes and pandemic of our time.

With God, all things are possible.
May the God who gives us power and strength
grant us peace and solidarity
to live each day with goodness and grace

In Christ Our Lord.


— By a Columban Missionary

January 17, 2021

Grant, we ask You, O Lord Jesus Christ,
that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother,
whose most holy soul was transfixed
with the sword of sorrow
in the hour of Your Own Passion,
may intercede for us before the throne of Mercy,
now and at the hour of our death.


January 16, 2021

Under your patronage, dear Mother,
and calling on the mystery of your Immaculate Conception,
I desire to pursue my studies and my labors:
I hereby solemnly declare
that I am giving myself to these studies
chiefly to the following end:
that I may better contribute to the glory of God
and to the promotion of your veneration among men.
I pray, therefore, most loving Mother,
who are the Seat of Wisdom,
to bless my labors in your loving-kindness.
Moreover I promise with true affection and a willing spirit,
as it is right that I should do,
to ascribe all the good that shall come to me therefrom,
wholly to your intercession for me
in God's holy presence.


January 15, 2021

The little drummer boy listens to the music,
concentrates on the sound,
marches in step to beat out the
rhythm on the drum.

In the same way, Lord,
help me to appreciate how precious are the
moments of stillness You give me each day,
so that I can listen to You in my heart,
and keep in step with You.
Help me to learn
from the wisdom of a child.


— By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

January 14, 2021

Lord, Your Spirit has been poured
into my heart, making me a child of God.
Help me to see every person
as my brother and sister,
and show deep respect and love.

January 13, 2021

When I look at Your heavens,
according to my own lights,
with these weak eyes of mine,
I am certain with reservation
that they are Your heavens.
The stars circle in the heavens,
reappear year after year,
each with a function and service to fulfill.
And though I do not understand them,
I know that You, O God, are in them.

January 12, 2021

As we read in the psalm, “The Lord is kind
and merciful. And slow to anger.”
Never let me forget the gifts you,
Lord, have given me, the mercy
you have shown me, the forgiveness
you continue to offer me despite
my weaknesses and failures.
Help me to witness to your goodness
by sharing my gifts, showing others your mercy,
and most of all and most difficult of all
forgiving those who have offended me.

January 11, 2021

Good and Gracious God,
guide us to live in harmony
during this time of the coronavirus.

Please grant us strength and courage
to be flexible and adapt
to the necessary changes
for the health and well-being  
of our friends, neighbors and families.

We ask this in the name of
Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  


— By a Columban Missionary

January 10, 2021

God of grace and glory,
you call us with your voice of flame
to be your people, faithful and courageous.
As your beloved Son
embraced his mission in the waters of baptism,
inspire us with the fire of your Spirit
to join in his transforming work.
We ask this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.


January 9, 2021

Lord you deliver me time after time
from my weakness and sinful deeds.
Sometimes I judge too quickly
and disregard the feelings of others.
Then I realize that you Lord can bring good
out of my misdeeds.
I can see that you are purifying me
and helping me realize how much I depend
on your gift of grace and forgiveness.
Help me to bring your peace and compassion
to those I will interact with today.

— By a Columban Missionary

January 8, 2021

Dear Jesus,
Like the apostles who were in a boat on that stormy Sea of Galilee,
we are feeling alone, uncertain, tired and afraid.
Do not let waves of dread swamp us.
Do not let the howling wind of bad news drown out your voice.
Give us ears and hearts attentive to your voice when you say to us,
“Do not fear, it is I.”

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

January 7, 2021

Excite in our hearts, O Raymond!
that sincere compunction,
which is the condition required of us
when we seek our pardon in the Sacrament of Penance.
Make us understand both the grievousness of mortal sin,
which separates us from our God for all eternity,
and the dangers of venial sin,
which disposes the tepid soul to fall into mortal sin.
Pray, that there may abound in the Church
men filled with charity and learning,
who may exercise that sublime ministry of healing souls.

January 6, 2021

Lord, you have chosen Brother André
to spread devotion to Saint Joseph,
and to dedicate himself
to all those who are poor and afflicted.
Grant us the grace
to imitate his piety and charity,
so that, with him,
we may share the reward promised
to all who care for their neighbors out of love for you.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus the Lord.



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