Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins,
and give us the liberty of the abundant life
which You have made known to us
in Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 

Amen.

O God, who wonderfully created,
and yet more wonderfully restored,
the dignity of human nature:
Grant that we may share the divine life
of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, Your Son Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.

Amen.

Lord, every human is created in Your image
and is a sacred member of Your family.
Forgive me for the times I have ignored,
disregarded or disrespected
one of my sisters and brothers.
As we begin a new year, help me
to value and respect the opinions of others,
especially when I do not share them.
 

Mary, dear woman of God pray for us,
that we can be spiritual people of quality,
of promise, of welcoming presence.
Help us to be full of hospitality, 
welcoming the Christ in all and allowing
the Christ within us to be met and visited.

Amen.

O God, You make us glad by the yearly festival
of the birth of Your only Son Jesus Christ.
Grant that we, who joyfully receive Him as our redeemer,
may with sure confidence behold Him
when He comes to be our Judge;
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Stir up Your power, O Lord,
and with great might come among us;
and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let Your bountiful grace and mercy help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with You
and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.

Amen.

Heavenly Father, in this time of hustle and bustle
give me a humble heart to hear Your quiet voice.
Teach me to be calm and listen to You
so that I may act according to Your law of love.

Keep my mind from useless distractions. 
Teach me to calm my thoughts, listen to my breath
and be here with You in each moment.

Heavenly Father all-powerful,
Your gifts of love are countless
and Your goodness infinite.
On Thanksgiving Day we come before You
with gratitude for Your kindness and love.
Thank You for the food we eat and 
loving family and friends we share it with.
On this day we also pray for our loved ones
who have died and all who have succumbed 
to the COVID-19 virus.
Welcome them into Your kingdom with open arms.
We miss them and love them.

Amen.

Lord, I am truly sorry for having offended You.
How often have I professed my love for You
and how often I have failed miserably.
Now I ask You to wash me even more
from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sins.

Create a clean heart within me and in spite
of all my weaknesses may I be able to say
with St. Peter: "You know that I love You,"
and want to love and please You always
and in all things.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, I have been doing some good things,
but at other times just spinning my wheels. 
Gradually, I have come to realize
the extent of Your love, understanding and mercy,
but that needs to sink deeper into my heart.
May Your example be an opportunity to draw closer to You.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, when I look back at my life
I recall the many people who have influenced me.
Things that they did or said struck me
and formed part of who I am.
Their kind words, encouragement, even warnings,
and corrections helped me to grow.
Some now have gone on to their reward
while others remain.
I am grateful for who they were and are.
May I, in my own way, help others to appreciate
and cherish Your great love that calls us all to be life givers.

Amen

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus,

You were faithful to Your mission
for the Kingdom of God.
Some did not listen.
Your disciples did not fully grasp
what You were about.
Others opposed You.
You faced hypocrisy, indifference, and misunderstanding.
Yet through it all Your love of the Father
supported You even to the point of death.
Help me to be faithful when difficulties come. 
Share with me Your cherishing of God's love.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus, 

We pray that Your Spirit may continue
to give new life to Your Church.
Some have fallen away.
Enlighten their hearts to find You and accept
the embrace of Your love so as to live
with new purpose in their lives.
Strengthen us to be Your apostles
in our day to day lives.
Bring us together as sisters and brothers
in Your new creation.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus,

Sometimes the challenges of life seem to dim
our eyes and we see things in a narrow view.
Yet You appreciated the beauty that surrounded You.
You spoke of the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.
You welcomed the little children to come to You.
Help me to see and cherish the beauty in
the everyday events and people that touch my life.
Open my heart to all the wonders of Your creation.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary

Dear Jesus,

I get discouraged when I see people,
communities, nations that cannot or do not
want to get along with one another. 
When I look into my own heart I can see
my own biases and resentments. 
Bring healing to our brokenness.
Let us experience the joy of showing respect,
of being open to different views,
of growing together rather than apart.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary