Prayer to St. Isidore the Farmer

St. Isidore, you lived a humble life working the land.
You attended Holy Mass each morning
which jeopardized the employment
that allowed your family to eat.
The Lord repaid your love
by sending his angels to plow the fields
while you were at Church.
Dear Isidore, ask Our Lord Jesus
to place deep faith in our hearts
and water it each day with your prayers
that we may progress in holiness as you did.
Pray that as our heart grows in love and humility
we may be a living sign of Jesus
to those around us.

30 Years on Mission

2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the Columban Lay Missionary (CLM) program. Looking back on the past three decades has made me realize how far we have come to where we are now, the progress made, and the contribution to the mission, the Missionary Society of St. Columban and the Church.

As I was preparing for this reflection I came across an article about the metaphysical properties of a pearl. Knowing that the pearl is the gemstone that marks a 30th anniversary, I wanted to delve into whether or not there is a connection between the CLM history and the gemstone pearl.

A Generous Spirit

Lord you change my sadness into joy.
If I am weeping when I go to sleep
You bring relief with the dawn.
Strengthen me to remain faithful during the night
with confidence that your gift of eternal life
and health await me.
Prepare me for eternal life
by a generous spirit in this life.

Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

Most Holy Virgin,
who to came to Fatima
to reveal to the three little shepherds
the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary,
inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion,
so that by meditating on the mysteries
of our redemption that are recalled in it,
we may gather the fruits
and obtain the conversion of sinners,
the conversion of Russia,
and any intention that I so earnestly seek
for the greater glory of God,
for your own honor,
and for the good of all people.

Amen.

Sema Turned One

The Sema Livelihood Program began as a recycling project for the interested women in the parish during the 2019 Season of Creation observation at St. Pius X Parish-Raiwaqa (Fiji). It started with two women coming until it grew its membership to twelve. We used to meet every Tuesday of the week; later we added Thursday. The sessions were then held at the meeting room in the parish. It was filled with chatter and laughter as they learned how to weave their first project—a photo frame—using newspaper tubes.

Prayer to St. Pancras

O young St. Pancras, you were beheaded
at the age of fourteen for you faith in God.
You tried to be good yourself
but also strived to lead other souls to heaven,
and for this reason God bestowed on you
such a great power on behalf of those devoted to you.
Help us to spread this devotion
and to lead others to heaven.

Burdens of the Day

Lord Jesus Christ, you gaze on us with love and care,
Help us to bear the burdens of the day;
the illnesses, the isolation and loneliness.

Guide us to live our days according to your Will,
And, Lord, sustain us in our struggles
to share and follow your Grace.

We ask  this prayer in Jesus' name.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

O Immaculate Virgin

O immaculate virgin,
Mother of God, full of grace,
the One whom you brought forth, Emmanuel,
is the fruit of your womb.
In your Motherhood
you have nurtured all human beings.
You surpass all praise and all glory.
I salute you, Mother of God,
joy of the Angels,
because you surpass in fullness
what the Prophets have said about you.
The Lord is with you:
you gave life to the Savior of the world.