Prayer of St. Andrew

O good cross, made beautiful by the body
of the Lord, long have I desired you,
ardently have I loved you,
unceasingly have I sought you,
and now you are ready for my eager soul.
Receive me from among men and restore me
to my Master, so that He, who redeemed me
through you, shalt receive me through you.

Amen.

Dark and Somber

At the waning of the year November comes dark and somber. The days shorten, and the nights grow long. All the abundance and richness of Autumn are stored in our barns. The fields lie bare, and the trees stand skeletal and gaunt against a bleak sky. The wintry rain spills down and at times floods

Prayer to St. Clement I, Pope

O God, who gave us joy by the yearly festival
of Your blessed martyr and bishop Clement;
grant that we who keep his birthday
may also imitate his fortitude in suffering.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.

Amen.

O Angel of Christ

O angel of Christ, holy guardian and protector
of my soul and body, forgive me everything
that I have offended you every day of my life,
and protect me from all influence and temptation
of the Evil One.
May I never again anger God by my sins.
Pray for me to the Lord, that He may
make me worthy of the grace of the Holy Trinity,
and of the blessed Mother of God,
and of all the saints.

Amen.

Adorable Face of Jesus

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves
before Thine adorable Face to ask of You
the graces of which we stand most in need,
we beseech You above all, to grant us
that interior disposition of never refusing
at any time to do what You require of us
by Your Holy Commandments
and Divine inspirations.

Amen.

Prayer on the Feast of St. Columban

Oh, St. Columban, who in your zeal to follow
Christ left your homeland as a wanderer
and spent your life in suffering and exile,
help and protect, we humbly ask you,
the missionaries of our day who have devoted
their lives to preaching the Gospel throughout
the world.
Obtain for them that same wisdom and fortitude
by which you overcame the dangers which beset your path,
and that firm faith and ardent love which enabled you
to endure gladly the privations of this life for the love of Christ.

Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament

Jesus, each time I look at the sacred Host,
sanctify my eyes, that they may close
more and more to all that is merely earthly.

Jesus, each time I look at the sacred Host,
send a ray of divine light into my soul,
that I may better know You and myself.

Jesus, each time I look at the sacred Host,
send a flame of divine love into my heart
to consume everything in it that is displeasing to You
and to set it all on fire with Your love.

Now and in eternity may my only desire
be to contemplate the infinite beauty

The Baptism of Jesus

In our Hill of Grace Shrine on Isidore we have a park with a series of sculptures showing some of the events of the life of Christ. One of the events depicted is the Baptism in Jordan. The relevant scripture highlights the interaction between John the Baptist and Jesus and also how Jesus is

Help Us O Sorrowful Mother

Holy Mother, you were given to us
in the hour of your greatest grief
that you might be mindful of our frailty
and the evils that press upon us.
Without your aid, O Sorrowful Mother,
we cannot gain the victory
in this struggle against flesh and blood.
Therefore, we seek your help, O Queen of Sorrows,
lest we fall prey to the wiles of the enemy.
We are orphans in need of the guiding hand of our Mother
amid the dangers that threaten our destruction.
You whose grief was boundless as the sea,