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Weekly Prayer Archive

God of creation, we thank You 
for the awesome beauty of the land and sea,
for the wonders of life on our planet, 
for the rich diversity of people, 
and for Your sons and daughters who seek to live out Your will.
Help us to protect all your creations and treat them 
with love and respect.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, I try to come to You as I am 
though I know that I do try to give a good appearance, 
to show off my best self. 
Yet You accept me with all the pretense, 
with all my faults and failings. 
Your mercy and understanding bring healing to my heart. 
You call me to simplicity, to be like Nathaniel 
a person without guile. 
I come to realize that all that I am and all that I have is your gift, 
that to be my true self I need to give myself away as you did. 
Your love calls me to love in turn. 

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Lord, at times I need to speak out my worries and needs. 
At other times I want to give thanks. 
Cherished prayers learned in youth touch my heart on some days. 
Again just being silent before the awesome wonder of your being, 
so far beyond comprehension, may seem right. 
You are both intimately approachable and yet wholly different. 
Words are not enough to embrace you. 
However, I pray and live, be with me on my journey. 

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Heavenly Father, 
I look forward to tomorrow and what is waiting for me.  
However, I need to live in the now 
and be thankful for what is in my life today.  
Tomorrow will be a blessing; 
until then I will be thankful for today. 

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, I get so caught up in my doings 
that I am scarcely aware of Your presence. 
Yet when things go wrong or when I 
just seem to be on a perpetual treadmill, 
I finally seek You out. 
You are patient, gentle and kind. 
You let me know that You are with me. 
In turn, You invite me to get out of myself 
and to broaden my awareness of others’ needs. 
Help me to show real care. 

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, 
At times we get caught up in the tasks of doing things. 
The busyness of our lives may harden us. 
We act as if our value and worth depend on accomplishments. 
We fail to appreciate the gift of life and who we are. 
You remind us that we are to become 
like little children – open to being open to life.  
Help us to cherish Your love for us as we are, 
so that in turn we may show a tender, compassionate 
heart to others. 

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Heavenly Father, we Your followers live in an in-between world. 
We know by Faith of Your victory over sin and death 
through Your Life, Death and Resurrection. 
Yet we see the reality of evil in people being exploited, 
in land, sea and sky being polluted, 
in people brought to despair by poverty.  
We continue Your mission of Hope by our own attempts 
to be fair and caring in our day-to-day lives; 
in the struggles to bring about true peace and justice; 
in announcing to others that life has meaning 
and is fulfilled in compassion. 
By Your example of self-giving, guide us to true Love and Life. 

— By a Columban Missionary

Flowers are blooming, signs of hope and joy. 
Dear Jesus Your rising from the dead gives 
the promise of new life. 
Help me be aware of other people’s needs 
especially the poor and all who have less in life. 
Help me understand how we are all related in Your creation. 
Guide me to know Your truth. 
Help me to make good choices that my love may 
reflect Your love and remember that You first loved us. 
May Mary Your mother help me hear Your Word and follow You. 

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, at times I feel empty within. 
Slowing down and remembering all the things 
for which I am thankful, gives an opening to real prayer 
and not just mumbled phrases. 
Then feeling Your presence and friendship 
I can bring to you my cares and also be open 
to Your invitation to love and give of myself to others. 
Show me the way. 

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, Days grow longer and hopefully a bit warmer. 
Lent is upon us, a time for renewal and new life. 
Open my wintry heart with the heat of Your love. 
With Your tender mercy reveal the wounds 
of my selfishness and sin.  
Let me contemplate the wounds You endured. 
Free me to share with others the good You see in me.  

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary
 

A shimmer of light I saw
Beckoning me to go…. Ah! HOPE
To freedom I go
Out of this dark, cold, filthy tunnel
Where fear, anguish and chaos exist.
You rescued me, O Lord
No more of tunnels of hell
Bring me to thy fold.
Hope to life anew
Hope to start something of value
Hope to freedom with you
Cringing from past old self no more
Standing straight and tall
Walking, not without faltering, but
Walking incessantly towards the shimmering
of light, your love, my hope
Hold me still that I may continue
To walk freely the life you unfold before me.

— Arlenne Villahermosa, Columban lay missionary

When I’m not feeling well,  
and tired, I can get so down,  
down with others,  
down with myself,  
down with everything,  
my spirit withers within me. 

I become like a flower in a dry land,  
desperate for rain,  
just wishing to feel at rights,  
so I can enjoy my life again. 

Lord, make haste to help me, 
send the showers of Your love upon me, 
so that like flowers refreshed in rain,  
I can lift up my drooping head,  
and rejoice in You instead. 

Amen. 

— By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

Lord, just as a flower can radiate its precious beauty,  
and cast its fragrance everywhere, so I ask You  
to cast the sweet fragrance of Your presence over me. 

Surround me with Your love,  
fill me with Your healing balm,  
enfold me with Your peace,  
comfort me with Your presence. 

May your fragrance linger in the stillness of my soul,  
May Your healing love renew my very being. 

Amen.

— By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

Lord, time is so precious. 
Time to heal and be healed, 
time to sort myself out, to understand, 
to get it all together, to see Your hand.

Where does each day go? 
So fast, like a mountain stream,  
so past, like a distant dream, 
so lost, before we know, so time seems to flow. 
So there’s no time to be lost, 
I start here, this very moment, 
I begin my prayer for healing here and now.

I lay the foundations with renewed heart 
as stone by stone a wall is laid, 
so prayer by prayer my hope is made 
for a fresh start with You, Lord.

Amen.

— By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles