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Saint Michael, your heart was filled
with great charity for God and man.
Our Lord returned your love
and allowed you to exchange mystically
your heart with His.
Pray for all whose hearts afflicted
with illness, fear, or loneliness.
Teach us to be resigned to God's will
in all the trials and sicknesses.
Help us to live as you lived -
to do good now and for eternity.

Amen.

Father of All Life

Eternal God,
You have revealed Yourself
as the Father of all Life.
We praise You for the Fatherly care
which You extend to all creation,
and especially to us,
made in Your image and likeness.

Father, extend Your hand
of protection to all families.
Bless our families and bless our land,
that we may have the joy of life
in your service always mindful
that You are the Eternal Father.

Grant Me Grace

Grant me grace, O merciful God,
to desire ardently all that is pleasing to You,
to examine it prudently,
to acknowledge it truthfully,
and to accomplish it perfectly,
for the praise and glory of Your name.

Amen.

May I Never Lose Heart

Father All-holy, I thank You
for the life of Blessed George Matulaitis,
totally dedicated to the cause
of Christ the Savior, in which he persevered
disregarding difficulties and suffering.
Through his intercession, I ask You
to grant that I never lose heart
because of life's difficulties,
but entrust everything to You
and steadfastly walk along the road
of the Christian life.
Just like Blessed George,
may I dwell with You within my heart,
rejoicing, working, and suffering with You.

Prayer to St. Timothy

Saint Timothy, pray for me that I, too,
may one day glorify the Blessed Trinity 
in heaven.
Obtain for me your lively faith,
that I may consider all persons, 
things, and events in the light 
of almighty God.
Pray, that I may be generous in making 
sacrifices of temporal things to promote 
my eternal interests, as you so wisely did.
Set me on fire with a love for Jesus,
that I may thirst for His sacraments
and burn with zeal for the spread 
of His kingdom.
By your powerful intercession,

Prayer to St. Paul the Apostle

O St. Paul, the Apostle,
preacher of truth and Doctor of the Gentiles,
intercede for us to God, who chose you.
You are a vessel of election,
O St. Paul, the Apostle.

O God, You have instructed many nations
through the preaching of the blessed apostle Paul.
Let the power of his intercession with You
help us who venerate his memory this day.

Guard Us With Care

Guardian Angel,
watch over those whose names
you can read in my heart.
Guard over them with every care
and make their way easy
and their labors fruitful.
Dry their tears if they weep;
sanctify their joys;
raise their courage if they weaken;
restore their hope if they lose heart,
their health if they be ill,
truth if they err,
and repentance if they fail.

Rebirth and Renewal

When I arrived in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 2017, I was very conscious that I was following in the footsteps of the early Columban missionaries who ministered here from 1936 to 1979. I was 56 when I arrived here so I was never going to really master the language.

A Prayer for Grace

O my God in Your goodness
and mercy, may I regain all the graces
which I have lost through
my carelessness and folly.

Permit me to attain the degree
of merit and perfection
to which You desire to lead me,
and which I failed by my
unfaithfulness to reach.

Mercifully grant also that others
regain the graces which they
have lost through my fault.
This I humbly beg through the merits
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and Immaculate Virgin Mary.

Amen.