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Weekly Prayer Archive

April 30, 2020

Under your protection, O Mary, we ask your help at this time.
Under your protection, O Blessed Virgin, we are confident in times of stress.
Under your protection, O Queen of heaven, we on earth feel blessed.
Under your protection, O Mother of Jesus, we place our families in your gentle hand.
Under your protection, O Mother of Christians, we feel safe and secure.
Under your protection, O Mother of the healing Jesus, we pray for the compassion of your Son.


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

April 23, 2020

Dear St. Joseph, 
The bible never quotes your words.
We know you through the gospels
as the protector of our Lord Jesus
and his blessed mother, Mary.

We know you by your actions and your dreams.

Help us to take action, to do all we can in this time of crisis
to lovingly keep those around us safe.
But also inspire us with dreams,
dreams of a better world,
a world of truth and justice, love and peace.


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

April 16, 2020

Loving Lord, in this time of anxiety, give me serenity.
In this time of fear, give me confidence in You.
In this time of illness, help me preserve my health
and the health of all those around me.
In this time of social isolation, let my phone calls be
full of wisdom and compassion.
In this time of worry, give me the courage
to reaffirm my belief that
"All I know of tomorrow is that
Providence will rise before the Sun.”


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

April 9, 2020

Dear Lord,

I have been the recipient of so much of your goodness in my life.
Please keep me open my mind and heart to receive whatever grace you wish to give me.

In this time of pandemic, it could be that you are giving me new eyes to see
how much I have been taking for granted in my daily life and how much I have
received without taking notice.

You have given me years and years of blessings.
When my friends and I emerge from this period of isolation, may we
truly treasure each person we know as a gift from You.
I pray, in the name of Jesus.


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

April 2, 2020

Dear Lord, Jesus brought healing during his ministry on earth.
He healed the sick and brought the dead to life.
By his own death and resurrection he brings the promise,
hope and means of healing to us all.
Now we need his healing more than ever.

We need not only the healing from physical illness
brought on by the COVID-19 virus but healing for
human hearts, communities and world society.
Open our hearts that we may not turn in
on ourselves and our own needs.

Let unity, compassion and care mark us all.
Inspire us to serve the poor and abandoned.
May we use our skills in service of others.
May more fortunate countries come to the aid
of those less prosperous.

May we be concerned less about public image
but more about doing the right thing.
"This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples:
if you love one another."
 (John 13:35). 


— By Columban Fr. John Comiskey

March 26, 2020

Almighty God, You know that we have
no power in ourselves to help ourselves.
Keep us both outwardly in our bodies
and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended
from all adversities which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


March 19, 2020

This Lent, Lord, help me leave behind the distractions
of my daily life and make this a time of spiritual retreat,
of letting go all that holds me back from taking the risk
of drawing closer to You, allowing Your Spirit to lead me,
and speak to my heart.

Forty days, or four, or forth minutes or four!
Whatever I can manage!
The time spent is not the key, I know,
but my willingness to look into my frailty,
and they to trust in You and to seek Your will for me.


March 12, 2020

O God, whose glory is always to have mercy: Be gracious
to all who have gone astray from Your ways,
and bring them again with penitent hearts
and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast
the unchangeable truth of Your Word,
Jesus Christ Your Son; who with You and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.


March 5, 2020

To the God of constant change, transitions, transitions, transitions.
Some good, some bad, some mundane repetitions.
Sometimes I responded openly.
Sometimes I responded reservedly.
Sometimes I simply did not respond.
But through it all, You give me strength to leave behind.
You give me strength to take up anew.
To console me, to encourage me, to push me through.

- Columban Fr. Chris Saenz

February 27, 2020

Almighty and everlasting God,
You hate nothing You have made
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts,
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever.


February 20, 2020

May you always be my hope, my trust, my riches,
my delight, my joy and gladness, my rest and quiet,
my food, my refreshment, my refuge and help,
my wisdom, portion and possession,
my treasure in which my mind and heart
shall be rooted forever, fixed, firm and immovable.

February 13, 2020

Almighty and everlasting God,
You govern all things both in heaven and on earth:
Mercifully hear the supplications of Your people,
and in our time grant us Your peace;
 through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.


February 6, 2020

A Prayer in a Time of Drought

Creative and Nurturing God,
we weep in the face of dry land and bushfires,
dying crops and animals,
traumatized families and communities.

Our land evolved in Your wisdom over eons.
Some people learned to live within its boundaries
thriving in its fruitfulness, and in humility
responded with gratitude and praise for its gifts.

Often with good intentions,
we have imposed out ideas of progress and prosperity
demanding lifestyle benefits and production
that push the land beyond its capacities.

Teach us to listen to the land with humility.
Send the Spirit of Jesus to teach us respect.
Guide us to be co-creators with your divine providence.
Fill our hearts with patience and compassion.

May we commit ourselves to face the calamity of drought,
city and rural cooperating as one in service and generosity
planning with leaders to create a sustainable future, so that
we can again love the beauty of Your land fully alive.

Creative and Nurturing God
Your children and land need the gift of rain
bringing life from death
transforming us day by day.

We pray through our Brother Jesus the Christ.



By Columban Fr. Charles Rue in response to the Australia wildfires.

January 30, 2020

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily
the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim
to all people the Good News of His salvation,
that we and the whole world may perceive
the glory of his marvelous works;
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
 one God, forever and ever.


January 23, 2020

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ
is the light of the world: Grant that Your people,
illumined by Your Word and Sacraments, may shine
with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that He may be known,
worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with You and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, now and forever.



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