Come Close to Me

Lord, You touched the suffering
when others kept their distance,
to make them whole again.

Touch me now with Your healing love,
make me whole again.

Lord, You wished to comfort those heavy
and overburdened with cares,
so they could find rest for their souls.

Comfort me now, to lighten my cares,
help me to feel precious in Your sight.

Lord, come close to me, touch me.

Amen.

-By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

Hospice Painting

Columban Fr. Michael Riordan, parish priest of Geumak Parish in Jeju island writes about the mural found at the door of St. Isidore Hospice and pastoral its function apart from its aesthetic value. The hospice takes care of people who are at the last stage of life.

O Mary, Look Upon Us

O Mary, look upon us who are your children,
look upon us who are brothers and sisters,
disciples and apostles and continuation of Jesus.
Make us aware of our vocation and our mission;
may we not be unworthy to take on,
in our priesthood, in our word,
in the offering of our life
for the faithful entrusted to us,
the representation and personification of Christ.
O you who are full of grace,
grant that the priesthood that honors you
may itself also be holy and immaculate.

Prayer to St. Peter Chrysologus

O God, who elected the blessed
and illustrious Doctor, Peter Chrysologus,
by a divine direction, to govern and instruct Your Church;
grant, we ask You, that we may deserve to have him
for our intercessor in heaven, whom we have had
as our teacher of the supernatural life on earth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.