Friday, June 24, 2016
Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power, I fly unto you, and beg your protection. Despise not, O foster-father of the Redeemer, my humble supplication but in your bounty hear and answer me.
"Every man gives his life for what he believes.
Every woman gives her life for what she believes.
Sometimes people believe in little or nothing,
and so they give their lives to little or nothing.
One life is all we have, and we life it as we believe in living it... and then it's gone. But to surrender who you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying – even more terrible than dying young."
~ St. Joanne d'Arc
I love You, O my God,
and my only desire is to love You
until the last breath of my life.
I love you, O my infinitely lovable God,
and I would rather die loving You,
than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord, and the only grace
I ask is to love You eternally ...
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You,
I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.
Prayer of Saint Thomas More
Give me the grace, good Lord,
to set the world at naught;
to set my mind fast upon Thee
and not to hang upon the blast of men's mouths.
To be content to be solitary.
Not to long for worldly company
but utterly to cast off the world
and rid my mind the business thereof.
Not to long to hear of any worldly things,
But that the hearing of worldly phantasies may be to me displeasant.
Gladly to be thinking of God,
Piteously to call for His help,
To lean unto the comfort of God,
Busily to labor to love Him.
To know mine own vility and wretchedness,
To humble and meeken myself under the mighty hand of God,
To bewail my sins passed;
For the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here,
To be joyful of tribulations,
To walk the narrow way that leadeth to life.
To bear the cross with Christ,
To have the last thing – death– in remembrance,
To have ever afore mine eye my death, that is ever at hand;
To make death no stranger to me;
To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of hell;
To pray for pardon before the Judge come.
To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me;
For His benefits uncessantly to give Him thanks,
To but the time again that I before have lost.
To abstain from vain confabulations,
To eschew light foolish mirth and gladness;
Recreations not necessary, to cut off.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all – to set the loss at nought
for the winning of Christ.
To think my most enemies my best friends,
For the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good
with their love and favor as they did him with their
malice and hatred.
Saint Thomas More, pray for us.
Prayer for Protection of Religious Freedom
O God, our Creator,
from you provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as Your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship You, the only true God,
and Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of Your Holy Spirit,
You call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask You to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of Your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome –
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us –
with great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen
I pray this morning for Jacob Sailor that he ace his interview today and that he get the job or that he get better from the richness of Your blessings. I pray for Jane as she travels from Boston to Baton Rouge that she be safe and well-rested as she travels. I pray for Allison Menard's Aunt Colette as she battles cancer, that she know You are with her and that You hold her in Your Loving Arms.
I pray for me, that I provide for and protect my family, that I be a good husband and father. I pray for my family, that they be blessed, healthy and happy.
I ask all this in the Name of Jesus, the Christ.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Today I pray for the repose of the soul of Gabi, a student at St. Elizabeth's, succumbed to LDS. I pray for L. Meadow that something unimaginably better enter her life. I pray for all these souls turned away from You by following Islam: I pray their hearts are converted to You.
I pray for those who ask in the silence of their hearts Your special grace and blessings. I pray for those who fear to ask, or who do not know to ask, they they be given the knowledge and courage, and then ask, and then that Your blessings rain down on them.
I pray for me, that I be a good husband and father to my family. I pray for my family that You bless them with Your love and care.
I pray for all the people of the world that You watch over them and guid them, and that all the people say, "Amen!"
I pray all this in the Name of Jesus, the Christ.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I pray for my friends tonight and their intentions. I pray particularly for Paisley Hays, and that the Infant Viability Bill passes in Australia, and I pray for her and for her parish priest, currently on sabbatical. I pray for Nora Sailor's children, that they be filled with Your Holy Spirit to overflowing. I pray for Phil and for a surly Peach, that they be good and holy parents to their children and that they draw closer to you. I pray for Phil that he resist temptation like St. Padre Pio and St. John Vianney. I pray for Paul Grandi, Judy Riggs, and Rachel Lamb. I pray for all those today who need You, but don't know to ask or don't have the strength to ask. I pray for my family this Memorial Day weekend as they pray for me as I run my first marathon. Please comfort them, those silly geese!
I pray in thanksgiving for all the blessing You have rained down on me: my family and friends, my work, my good health, food on the table, a roof above my head. The very, very simple things that so many do not have today, and that so many others take for granted, not for gifted.
And Love. Your Love is never-ending. Please, LORD, be with those who need You most today.
I pray all this in the Name of Jesus, the Christ.