Weekly Prayer Archive

April 15, 2021

St. Pope John Paul II said:

"Each individual Christian and every community is called
to be an instrument of God for the liberation
and the promotion of the poor society."

Let us be light for your sick from the virus
especially those also burdened with poverty
so, that all people may enjoy the fruits of Creation

Let us not forget to be be these instruments of God;
to bring about the Kingdom of Justice for all people.

We pray through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 


— By a Columban Missionary

April 8, 2021

So many people are hurting during this time of pandemic.
The reports of deaths and sickness brings sadness
Heavenly Father, watch over us with your
deep abiding unconditional love for us.

Bring comfort to those who suffer
let them know that they are not alone.

Lead me Lord to be a neighbor to those in need.
Let me share my time and attention
with the people who are lonely and afraid.

Give me courage to follow your teachings to think of others;
and to offer some small charity to my neighbors.

This prayer is raised in the Name of Jesus Christ.


— By a Columban Missionary

April 1, 2021

Lord Jesus Christ, you gaze on us with love and care,
Help us to bear the burdens of the day;
the illnesses, the isolation and loneliness.

Guide us to live our days according to your Will,
And, Lord, sustain us in our struggles
to share and follow your Grace.

We ask  this prayer in Jesus' name. 


— By a Columban Missionary

March 25, 2021

Lord God you have created us 
and made us to love others.

During this pandemic, we have found
out how much we need each other.

Build our hearts to continue to care for
the sick and vulnerable; to respect
all those affected by this virus.

Let us be strong and kind for each other
as we become more willing to follow
your invitation to love.

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

— By a Columban Missionary

March 25, 2021

Good and Gracious God,
We thank you for the resilience
and grace that you have given us
to bear this time of Covid virus.

Lord  help us to lean on your goodness
in times of suffering and isolation
so that we may be aware of others and serve them.

We make this prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ,
Our Lord and Savior.


— By a Columban Missionary

March 18, 2021

These days there can be a feeling
of impending doom, O Lord.

Help us to trust that you will not
abandon us, while suffering  flows
around the world.

Lord, let us trust in your goodness
to strengthen us in this time of pandemic
that we  may know, love
and serve you
with greater zeal  each and every day.

We  make this prayer, in the Name
of Jesus Christ Our Lord.


— By a Columban Missionary

March 11, 2021

Some of us are very vulnerable at this time
of pandemic. We rely on the assistance of those who
are our neighbors.

Bless those who aid the sick.
Give your power to those who serve the
most severely ill from Covid.

Help us Lord God to be brothers and sisters
treating each with dignity.

We pray in Your Holy Name Jesus the Christ.


— By a Columban Missionary

March 4, 2021

Heavenly Father, we praise you for Your Love
and Faith which you give to us.

Lead us to remember those who have this virus.
Free us from indifference.

Let all be healed and converted from our selfishness
so that your Kingdom of Light and Peace may surround us.

In Jesus Name, we pray. 


— By a Columban Missionary

February 25, 2021

Dear Lord,
I like quick results.
In summer, I want the heat to leave soon.
In fall, I look for the peak color to come when I want it
In December I wish Christmas was here.
In winter I want the snow to melt NOW.
In fact, I want winter to be over NOW.
In springtime I look for the flowers early
And I expect you to hurry the little leaves onto the trees.
And then there is COVID…

I want a vaccine to be available to all
I want to travel and to dine out.
I want to meet friends and not have to worry.
I want the deaths and suffering to stop NOW.
I think there is a lesson in all this for me.
You took eons to do the work of creation
And thousands of years to prepare the world for Jesus.
Your agony on the cross was long and painful.
Lord, let me take your hand and walk at your pace.
I trust we will arrive where we need to be
When we need to be there.


  By Columban Fr. John Burger, U.S. Regional Director

February 18, 2021

How life has slowed down! 
I used to be engaged in frenetic activity. 
Now I am limited by constraints from Covid-19. 
I always wanted to rest, to simply have time to be at peace. 
Now I have that time. 
But instead I am anxious, upset and worried
about getting back to the way it was.  
Maybe my idea of peace is not the Lord’s. 
Now I am beginning to understand that verse
from John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. 
I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” 
Lord help me to take advantage of this time
to accept the peace that only you can give.

— By a Columban Missionary

February 11, 2021

Lord as we suffer through this time of the virus
allow us to turn to you for strength and comfort. 
I know that your saving help reaches out
to those afflicted and in pain. 
Grant us the faith to believe that you are here
with us and will grant us a consolation
beyond even our deepest desires.

— By a Columban Missionary

February 4, 2021

During this time of the virus so many are suffering
in so many different ways. 
Lord, I am tempted to wonder if you are really
listening to my pleas and prayers. 
Then I realize that you are so firmly present
in my life that you always offer me
your joy and peace if I am listening.
Yes it is tough to wait and wonder.
Yes it is tough to persevere.
Lord open my heart to hear your loving response
to my pleas that I may continue to abide in your saving peace.

— By a Columban Missionary

January 28, 2021

Dear Lord I thought this virus would be over by now. 
How long more must I wait? 
How or when is this going to end? 
Where can I go to get some relief? 
Then I recall a verse from  Is 41, 10 
“Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

God is working through all of this in God’s own mysterious way. 
God is compassionate to us especially when we patiently wait with faith.

— By a Columban Missionary

January 21, 2021

Lord I believe that you will always care for us. 
As it prays in the psalm “You have created
my inmost being you have knit me
in my mother’s womb.” 
Now during this time of the virus help us
to have confidence that you will not abandon us. 
No matter how much our lives have been changed
or how much we are suffering
I trust that you are here with us.


— By a Columban Missionary

January 14, 2021

Dear Jesus,
You came to show the real meaning of life.
You came to bring forgiveness and healing to a broken world.
By your giving of yourself even to the point of death,
you save us and bring the promise of new life.
May your touch and example embolden us
in facing the challenge of the coronavirus.


— By Columban Fr. John Comiskey


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