Show Us Your Mercy

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible,
look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments we might not despair
nor become despondent,
but with great confidence submit ourselves
to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

Amen.

A Prayer for Deliverance

My Jesus, by the sorrows You suffered
in Your agony in the Garden,
in Your scourging and crowning with thorns,
on the way to Calvary,
in Your crucifixion and death,
have mercy on the souls in purgatory,
and especially on those that are most forsaken;
deliver them from the terrible torments they endure;
call them and admit them
to Your most sweet embrace in paradise.

Amen.

Posada

Nine days before Christmas, the Christian community where I live takes part in what they call the “Posada.” It’s an annual tradition of faith practice among the Mexican people here, remembering the time when Joseph and Mary went looking for an inn where she could give birth to Jesus Christ.

The Meaning of Posada

Posada is a Spanish word meaning lodging, or accommodations, which in this case refers to the inn from the Nativity story. It uses the plural form as the celebration lasts for a nine-day interval (called the novena) during the Christmas season, which represents the nine-month pregnancy of Mary, the mother of Christ Jesus.

 

Great and Glorious God

Great and glorious God, my Lord Jesus Christ!
I implore You to enlighten me
and to disperse the darkness of my soul.
Give me true faith, firm hope, and perfect charity.
Grant me, O Lord, to know You so well
that in all things I may act by Your light
and in accordance with Your holy will.

Amen.

O Blessed St. Joseph

To you we cry in our tribulations,
O Blessed Saint Joseph,
as we confidently invoke your patronage,
after that of your most holy spouse,
the Blessed Virgin Mary.

By that sacred bond of devotion
which linked you to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God,
and for the fatherly love you lavished on the child Jesus,
we beg you to cast a glance on those heavenly gifts
which the Divine Redeemer has obtained for all mankind
through His Precious Blood
and through your power and mercy,
help us in our needs.

Fragility

Dear Jesus, at times, painful experiences
crop up in our lives,
the loss of someone beloved, illness,
economic loss, and other woes.
When they come upon us suddenly,
they are all the heavier.
We may at times grow numb,
not knowing what to say or do. 
We see how fragile we are.
In our weakness we cry to You
to give us the strength and serenity
to carry on, to live in hope.
Your death brought forth new life.
Share that new live with us.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Prayer to St. Hilary of Poitiers

Father, through the intercession of St. Hilary,
keep us from vain strife of words.
Grant to us constant profession of the Truth!
Preserve us in a true and undefiled faith
so that we may hold fast to that
which we professed when we were baptized
in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
that we may have You for our Father,
that we may abide in Your Son
and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

Amen.

For the People in My Life

God of Love,
I thank You for the people in my life
who are easy to love.
I thank You for my family and friends
who understand my actions,
who support me in my decisions,
and whose presence can lift the burden of a thorny day.

Help me with those who are difficult to love.
When they come at me with criticism
and wild expectations,
when they ignore me
or try to bend me to their will,
let me recognize their flaws and their dangers.
But then let me remember your attitude toward them,

Mother's Prayer to the Guardian Angels

I humbly salute you,
O you faithful, heavenly friends of my children!
I give you heartfelt thanks
for all the love and goodness you show them.
At some future day I shall,
with thanks more worthy than I can now give,
repay your care for them,
and before the whole heavenly court
acknowledge their indebtedness
to your guidance and protection.
Continue to watch over them.
Provide for all their needs of body and soul.
Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband,
and my whole family,