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Mother of Grace

Mother of Grace
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God."
For note, Mary,
for you have found grace,
not taken it as Lucifer tried to so.
You have found grace,
not lost it as Adam did.
You have found favor with God
because you desired and sought it.
You have found uncreated Grace,
that is, God himself became your Son,
and with the Grace you have found
and obtained every uncreated good.

God’s Architects

Augustus Welby Pugin (1812- 1852) was arguably the greatest architect-designer of 19th century England. The son of a refugee from the French Revolution, he pioneered the Gothic Revival form of architecture. It was in this style that he and collaborator Charles Barry rebuilt the

Jesus, We Praise You

Jesus, help us to ponder in our hearts
over the many ways You show Your love in our lives,
and lead us to walk with Your mother
as we follow you each day.

Jesus, we praise You,
for You are our Lord and our God
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Your Infinite Charity

Loving Savior, infinitely generous,
seeking only our interest,
from Your Sacred Heart,
came these words of pleading love:
“Come to me all you that labor
and are burdened and I will refresh you.”
Relying on this promise of Your infinite charity,
we come to You and in the lowliness of our hearts
earnestly beg You to grant us the favor we ask,
through the intercession of Your faithful servant,
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Amen.

Prayer of St. Agostina Livia Pietrantoni

Everyday of my life belongs to You, O my God
and every action of my life
should be performed with the pure intention
of honoring You alone.
From this moment, I offer them to Your Sacred Heart
and by this offering,
I consecrate them without reserve to Your glory.
What a motive for performing
all my actions with all possible perfection!
Do not permit them, O my Divine Savior,
to be sullied by any motives unworthy of
Your Sacred Heart.
I renounce all that could lessen
the merit of my offering.
I renounce all vanity,

Soldier of Christ

Dear well-beloved St. Martin of Tours,
you were first a soldier like your father.
Converted to the Church,
you became a soldier of Christ,
a priest and then a Bishop of Tours.
Lover of the poor, and model for pagans
and Christians alike, protect our soldiers at all times.
Make them strong, just, and charitable,
always aiming at establishing peace on earth.

Give Me Light

O my God,
I believe that You are here present;
and that Your observe all my actions, all my thoughts,
and the most secret motions of my heart.
I adore You, and I love You with my whole heart.
I return Your thanks for all the benefits
which I have ever received from You,
and particularly this day.
Give me light, O my God,
to see what sins I have committed this day,
and grant me grace to be truly sorry for them.

Every Day Belongs to You

Every day of my life belongs to You,
O my God, and every action of my life
should be performed with the pure intention
of honoring You alone.
From this moment I offer them
to Your Sacred Heart, and by this offering,
I consecrate them without reserve to Your glory.
What a motive for performing all my actions
with all possible perfection!
Do not permit them, O my divine Savior,
to be sullied by any motives
unworthy of Your Sacred Heart.
I renounce all that could lessen
the merit of my offering.

Teach Me

Dearest Lord,
teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.