Prayer of St. John XXIII, Pope

O Mary, you are praying for us,
you are always praying for us.
We know it, we feel it.
Oh what joy and truth,
what sublime glory,
in this heavenly and human interchange
of sentiments, words and actions,
which the rosary always brings us:
the tempering of our human afflictions,
the foretaste of the peace that is not of this world,
the hope of eternal life!

The Best of Years!

It was going to be the best of years! At least that was what I thought in January 2020. The Warmi Huasi project teams had their plans of action in place with the local municipalities to improve the life of all children and adolescents on the northern outskirts of Lima, Peru, in the town of San Benito, district of

A Prayer for Various Aspirations

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you.
Save souls.
St. Joseph, foster father of Christ,
pray for us.
St. Joseph, head of the Holy Family,
pray for us.
St. Joseph, patron of a happy death,
pray for us.
St. Therese, the Little Flower of the Child Jesus
and of the Holy Face,
pray for us.
St. Jude and St. Rita,
patrons of the seemingly impossible,
pray for us.
All you holy saints of God,
intercede for us.

Prayer in Honor of St. Denis

O God, Who conferred Your saving faith
on the people of France
through Your holy bishop and martyr Denis,
and glorified him before and after his martyrdom
by many miracles.
Grant us, through his intercession,
that the faith practiced and preached by him
may be our light on the way of life,
so that we may be preserved from all anxieties
of conscience, and if by human frailty we have sinned,
we may return to You speedily by true penance.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

You Are My Rock

Lord, when illness strikes
my life seems to collapse around me.
The work routine crumbles away,
and everything’s just a heap of ruins.

Yet, Lord, in all the sufferings
I know You are with me.
You are my rock.
You are my support, my sure foundation
who never gives way, who never lets me know.
You are my strength who keeps me going.

Lord, what would I do without Your help?
I thank You.

Amen.

-- By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

Prayer to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

O Virgin Mary, grant that by reciting your Rosary
each day, in the midst of my many duties,
I will develop a habit of internal prayer.
Grant O Virgin Mary, that the study of
your fifteen mysteries may form in my soul,
a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening and fragrant,
which may penetrate my whole being.
So, I shall begin the habit of praying while I work,
without the aid of formal prayers,
or by aspirations of love.

The Song of the Cicadas

I had slept on and off throughout the night. Then, just as dawn appeared at my window, I heard a loud and persistent chirping that pierced my ears and the haze that enveloped my mind. I wanted to reach out my hand – as to an alarm clock – to switch it off, but I quickly sensed that I was helpless against such a

The Precious Blood of Jesus

O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary
I offer You the Precious Blood of Jesus
from all the altars throughout the world,
joining with it the offering of my every thought,
word and action of this day.

O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence
and merit I can and I offer them, together with myself,
to Mary Immaculate ... that she may best apply them
to the interests of Your most Sacred Heart.

Precious Blood of Jesus, Save us!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Save us!

Prayer to the Immaculate Queen of Peace

Most holy and immaculate Virgin,
Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother,
being his Mother, you shared in His universal kingship.
The prophets and angels proclaimed Him King of peace.
With loving fervor in our hearts we salute
and honor you as Queen of peace.

We pray that your intercession
may protect us and all people from hate and discord,
and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice
which your Son taught and exemplified.
We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father
who works to reconcile the nations in peace.

Finding Hope

Who would have thought that one day we would just awaken and everything had to stop, everything had to change, to be reconfigured? As I write this, we are now entering the eighth month of “captivity” in response to the coronavirus pandemic. My cry to God is getting louder day by day.