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St. John XXIII Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
who are called the Prince of Peace,
who are yourself our peace and reconciliation,
who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace.
Make all men and women witnesses of truth,
justice, and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.
Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee
and defend the great gift of peace.
May all peoples of the earth becomes as brothers and sisters.
May longed-for peace blossom forth
and reign always over us all.

No Time to Die

Not long after celebrating my Golden Jubilee with my fellow Columban Sisters in Magheramore, Ireland, I found myself on the plane back to Pakistan. The Jubilee was a different celebration to the usual as we could not invite family and friends due to the Covid pandemic. Nevertheless,

Prayer for Columbus Day

Dear God,
We come to you today humbly praying
that You will empower us to use our vision
and our ability to explore new frontiers
in ways that are pleasing to You
and are empowering to all people.

As we celebrate Columbus Day, we pray
that we will use our talents and strengths
in ways that are pleasing to You.  
Make us willing to challenge false notions
about our world just as Columbus challenged
the false notions of his day that the world was flat.
Give us the courage to venture forth

An Irish Blessing

May God give: For every storm, a rainbow.
For every tear, a smile.
For every care, a promise,
and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
a faithful friend to share.
For every sign, a sweet song,
and an answer for each prayer.

Your Creation

Almighty God,
Thank you for the beauty and majesty we see in Your creation.
Thank you for the opportunity to care for the world You have made.
We ask that Your blessing would rest on us,
that You would give us great vision and enthusiasm for our work.
Lord, may You guide us by Your Holy Spirit and lead us into all truth.

A Church Synod

I am hoping that the Synodal Pathway will provide the Church with an opportunity to put in place processes that would see the Church becoming a better version of itself. I strongly believe that the credibility of the process will determine the acceptability of the results. We are all aware of political

Sweet Heart of Mary

My dearest Mother Mary,
behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet.
Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you
in accordance with your requests at Fatima,
as a proof of my tender love for you,
for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
in atonement for the offenses committed
against your Immaculate Heart,
and for this special favor
which I earnestly request in my Rosary Novena:

I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son.
If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused.

Your Faithful Servant

My God, through Mother Marie-Rose's daring faith
direct our lives on the road which leads to You
and grant us the favor we solicit from You.

God our Father, we ask You to manifest
the holiness of Your faithful servant,
Mother Marie-Rose by extraordinary signs
so that the Church may proclaim her a saint
and call upon her as a public witness
to Christian life based on the Gospels.

Remember her heroic virtues as the foundress
of our Congregation, her zeal for Christian education,
her love for Jesus and Mary.

Loving as Jesus Loves

I met a Filipino couple in Chicago, and they have two children. Both of the parents both work as nurses. In my few years there, they would invite me to go out with the whole family. The eldest, a daughter, was finishing high school. In one conversation where I was present, the daughter was

Prayer to St. Faustina

O Jesus, who filled Your handmaid Sister Faustina
with profound veneration for Your boundless Mercy,
design, if it be Your holy will,
to grant me, through her intercession
the grace for which I fervently pray.

My sins render me unworthy of Your mercy,
but be mindful of Saint Faustina's spirit
of sacrifice and self-denial,
and reward her virtue by granting the petition which,
with childlike confidence,
I present to You through her intercession.

Saint Faustina, pray for us.