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Prayer to St. Henry

O God, whose abundant grace prepared Saint Henry
to be raised by you in a wonderful way
from the cares of earthly rule to heavenly realms,
grant, we pray, through his intercession,
that amid the uncertainties of this world
we may hasten towards you with minds made pure.
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.


Jesus, I Love You

O my Jesus! would that I could be entirely spent for You,
as You spent Yourself entirely for me!
If I had died while I was in sin, I could no more
have loved You; now that I can love You,
I will love You as much as I can.
To You do I consecrate all the remainder of my life.
I wish only that which You desire.
When I see You for the first time, my Jesus,
may it be with a look of mercy.
May I die rather than ever offend You again.
You will not leave me, I will not leave You;
so shall our love endure in this world and in the next.

Prayer to St. Benedict

O exalted Father St. Benedict,
guide and patriarch of the monastic life,
you are the hope and consolation
of all who cry to you from their inmost heart.
To your holy patronage I humbly recommend myself.
To you do I pray, to you do I cry, O sweetest Master!

O loving Father, I most ardently ask you,
never permit me to be separated from God,
but pray that I may attain to the communion of saints,
to the happy vision of my Lord, that with you
and the numerous choirs of spiritual sons and daughters,

A Prayer for Immigrants

O Jesus, who in the very first days of Your
earthly life was compelled, together with Mary,
Your loving Mother, and Saint Joseph,
to leave Your native land and to endure in Egypt
the misery and discomforts of poor immigrants.
Turn Your eyes upon our brethren,
who, far away from their dear country
and from all that is dear to them,
are not infrequently constrained to struggle
with the difficulties of a new life,
and who are likewise often exposed to grave dangers
and snares for their immortal souls.

Help Me Accept Change

Eternal and ever living God,
I am involved in a major change
in my life, and it is quite unsettling.
I know that for us creatures,
change is an indication of life,
but I still find it hard to accept.
Enable me to see Your hand in it,
subtly bringing about Your plan for me
and enabling me to come closer to You.
Make me appreciate the many good
aspects of change and learn to live
with the bad aspects.
Teach me to be pliable and adaptable
to any change, fully aware that once change

Prayer to Mary, Mother of Sorrows

O Mary, Mother of Sorrows, I as you,
by the bitter agony you endured
at the foot of the Cross
offer to the Eternal Father, in my name,
your Beloved Son, Jesus,
all covered with blood and wounds,
in satisfaction for my sins,
for the needs of Holy Church,
the conversion of sinners,
the relief of the Souls in Purgatory
and for the special grace I now implore.


Come to the Aid of Your Children

O Mother, you know the sufferings
and hopes of the Church and the world:
come to the aid of your children in the daily trials
which life brings to each one,
and grant that, thanks to the efforts of all,
the darkness will not prevail over the light.
To you, Dawn of Salvation, we commit
our journey through the new Millennium,
so that with you as guide
all people may know Christ,
the light of the world and its only Savior,
who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.


Prayer to St. Maria Goretti

Dear Little Saint Mary!
You were ready for the moment of martyrdom
because your short life was given over
to daily and heroic self-denial.
Your great love of the Sacred Hearts
made all this possible.
Teach me to love Jesus and His Blessed Mother,
so that I too will be inspired to daily self-denial.
I am inclined to pamper myself,
to gratify my senses,
and to excuse myself from all penance.
This keeps me from being a true follower of Christ.
Help me, lovable Little Martyr,

Prayer to St. Anthony Zaccaria

Saint Anthony Zaccaria,
helper of the poor and the sick,
you who devoted your life to our spiritual welfare,
listen to my humble and hopeful prayer.
Continue your work as doctor and priest
by obtaining from God
healing from my physical and moral sickness,
so that free from all evil and sin,
I may love the Lord with joy,
fulfill with fidelity my duties,
work generously for the good of my brothers
and sisters, and for my sanctification.