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Meeting Mother Teresa

In the late 1980s I was finishing my studies in Rome. I was not able to engage full time in pastoral work, as I would like, so I worked two hours a week with the Missionaries of Charity. They ran a shelter for homeless men near the

The Catechism of the Catholic Church Prayer

Merciful and loving Father, we give you thanks for the new Catechism.    
We accept it as an instrument for these times to strengthen our faith, hope and love.    
Give us your Spirit to be with is as we receive this gift from the Church for our study and use.    
May the Spirit root the word firmly in our hearts so that we may have faith in your Son, our Saviour.    
Through your Spirit, may we have a stable and educated Faith.    
Through your Spirit, may we share in the fruits of our redemption through the sacraments.    
Through your Spirit, bend our minds and hearts to your commands    
Through your Spirit, teach us how to pray.    
Give us the joy of loving that comes from the true faith.    
May we proclaim the Good News to the Poor through our love and action 
By the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Saints Peter and Paul and all the Apostles, may we 
  experience a new Pentecost to confirm our faith and love so that we may be your Church, 
  your People, the body of your Son 
This we ask through Christ, your Son our Lord. Amen

Defender of the Faith

Dear Saint Hugh of Lincoln,
as Bishop and shepherd of the faithful,
your virtues shone brightly as you labored
for the honor of God and the salvation of souls.
To obtain Divine aid in the many needs,
You took refuge in prayer, fasting, and other penances.
When tempted, you called upon the Blessed Virgin,
obtaining strength, that you could withstand temptations.
The sacrifice of Holy Mass you performed with devotion,
that several times you received the grace to see the Lord
in the form of a lovely child, in the Holy Eucharist.

Have Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory

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 who are most forsaken;
deliver them from the terrible torments they endure;
call them and admit them to Your sweetest embrace
in paradise.


Give Me Courage

Dear God, give me courage,
for perhaps I lack it more than anything else.

I need courage before men against their threats
and against their seductions.

I need courage to bear unkindness,
mockery, contradiction.

I need courage to fight against the devil,
against terrors and troubles, temptations,
attractions, darkness and false lights,
against tears, depression, and above all fear.

I need Your help, dear God.
Strengthen me with Your love and Your grace.

Infallible Truth

Lord Jesus, eternal and infallible Truth,
since You said that You are present
in the holy Eucharist, I believe it firmly.
Yes, the Host which I see, and which
I am to receive, is not bread,
but the living Body of Jesus Christ, God and Man.

It is the God whom the Angels adore in heaven.
I do not understand this Mystery, but I wish
to believe it so I may have the happiness of seeing
and contemplating it one day in heaven.
Strengthen it so lively, that I may honor You,
love You, and receive You, as if I already see You.

Prayer for Veteran’s Day

Lord, on this Veterans Day we come before you
with hearts filled with gratitude and reverence
for those who have served our nation
in times of peace and in times of conflict.

Bless, O Lord, all our veterans, both living and departed.
Grant them Your peace and strength.
May they find comfort in Your loving embrace
and experience Your healing grace for any wounds,
seen and unseen, that they carry from their service.
We ask this through Your Son, Jesus Christ.