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Daily Prayer

Wednesday, May 18

Vine and Branches

Loving God, your son Jesus said to the disciples, “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” Help us to be rooted in your love, guided by the example of Jesus. Guide us in our words and actions, so that those around us may see in us the compassion, forgiveness, and hope that Jesus has shared with us. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Tuesday, May 17

Oh, Lord my God, I hear the Gospel today where Jesus tells His disciples, before He leaves to return to the Father, that He gives them peace. Not as the world gives peace, a peace that will allow me to bear the troubles and tribulations that the world is bound to have due to sin. Sins of greed, power, avarice and lust. Once again Jesus uses the phrase he used so often, “do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” because He will come back to us. He will come and give me the grace to not allow the power of evil to overpower me. Give me Your grace this day. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Monday, May 16

The Divine Indwelling

Oh, Lord, today Jesus assures me that His Spirit will dwell within me when I keep His word, that the Father will love me and will make his dwelling within me. This “indwelling” of the Spirit is what gave St. Paul the power to heal the crippled in Lystra in the Acts of the Apostles in today’s first reading. Christ’s promise in today’s Gospel assures me of His love for me and His desire to send the Holy Spirit to me. Give me Your grace this day to keep Your word, the same word that the Father sent You to speak to Your people. I ask for this grace especially today. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Sunday, May 15

Fifth Sunday of Easter: A New Commandment

0h, Lord Jesus, in today’s Gospel of John, I hear You giving me a “new commandment” to love one another as You have loved Your disciples. I am to love others as You loved them. And that this how all will know that I am one of Your disciples. Give me the grace today to love as You loved. Let me be Your forgiveness, Your mercy, Your hands to assist others, Your heart to love others that may have offended me, especially those in my own family when it is sometimes difficult. Let me be Your mercy to those in need as You did during Your public life. Give me this grace of Your compassion in my life today for family friends and others who are hurting and are in need of Your love. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Saturday, May 14

Feast of St. Mathias

On this feast of St. Mathias, give me the grace Lord to know that I too have been chosen, as he was, to be a witness of Christ’s resurrection. As Jesus chose His disciples, I too have been chosen by You to be among Your faithful to witness what You said and did, by my life as a Christian to love as You loved. Give me the grace today to continually act as You have commanded, ” to love one another, as I have loved you.” Amen. Alleluia!

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Friday, May 13

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Oh, Lord in this Easter Season I continue to rejoice in Your Son’s resurrection, assuring us of Your love for us. Many witnesses have told us in Scripture of their testimony, one after the other, proclaiming the resurrection. Give us the encouragement to be fellow witnesses so that our hearts are not troubled but are assured of Christ’s power of His resurrection. Grant me the grace to give witness to Christ’s resurrection and be a co-witness in our day of the joy and reality of Easter by what I say and do. Amen, Alleluia!

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Thursday, May 12

“There’s Nothing Greater than Love.”

Father of Infinite Love, all glory and praise to you. Thank you for this new day. As we begin this day, grant us the grace of peace and joy. Make us grateful and joyful in serving others with love. May the quality of our loving service transcend beyond the minimum requirement. Make us dedicated servants of your Son. Keep us away from the temptation of sloth or idleness. May everything that we do be always motivated by love. Grant all these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sts. Nereus and Achilleus, and St. Pancras, martyrs, pray for us. 

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Wednesday, May 11

“Seeing Through the Eyes of Faith.”

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are grateful for this new life and day. As we continue to follow the life and mission of the apostles on the first readings, like them, grant us also the grace of courage and determination in the midst of difficulties and hardships that we constantly encounter every day. And as the Lord Jesus in the gospel continues to explain to his listeners his intimate relationship to you, may we too, establish our relationship with Him, for us to be able to come to you and your Kingdom. Increase our faith, hope and love for Jesus and his Church. We ask this through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, Who Is Love. Amen.

St. Gengulf, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, May 10

“Who is ‘The Christ’ According to Jesus?”

Father of Jesus Christ, we adore you and bless you. Thank you for this wonderful day. Thank you for the gift of faith you have given to us. As we follow the daily readings, grant us, we beg you, humility and an open heart and mind to internalize the words of your Son in the gospel today. Touch the hearts and minds of our brothers and sisters that are still hardened and closed because of pride. Grant the grace to assist and accompany those who show interests to know you. Protect us from every danger and every evil. Grant all these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Damien Joseph de Veuster, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, May 9

Pray for God’s shepherds

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our loving Father too, we honor and praise you for this new life and day. Grant us the grace of humility and obedience to the shepherds of your people. Grant also constantly the necessary grace to all your ordained ministers in your Church so that, whenever they administer to us your people, we will always be filled with your blessings and protection from sin and error. Drive far from us false shepherds whose sole intention is to lead us away from you. Grant all these through Christ, our loving and Eternal Shepherd and Lord. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, May 8

Be A Good Shepherd to Others and a Humble and Obedient Sheep to the Lord

Father our Loving and Eternal Shepherd, be honor and glory to you. Thank you for your tireless protection and guidance. For bringing closer to you each day, our green pasture. You supply us not only food that last a moment, Jesus, your Son, our lasting Food. We are blessed and privileged. As we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Easter, a Good Shepherd Sunday, we pray that the shepherd of your church be always filled with your love and compassion as they shepherd your people. Like Jesus, our godly Shepherd, they may imitate Him in His unselfish love, every ready to offer even one’s life for the sheep. Send to your Catholic Church young people ready to be trained to become future pastors and shepherds of your Church. Grant all these in Jesus Name, our true Shepherd. Amen.

St. Mary Magdalen of Canossa, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Saturday, May 7

So Hard Because It’s God Own Doing Not Ours

Father of Mysterious Ways, we love you and praise you the new day. Though there are things that you showed to us which are not easy to understand now, we believe and are convinced that they are true and real. All we need to do is to humble our pride and allow your Holy Spirit to soften our stony hearts and allow you to enter in. For indeed, without you, we can do nothing. So, help us and be patient with us. As we meditate the message of Jesus in the Gospel today, help us to enter more into the mystery of your Incarnation in Jesus, who is our true Bread and Life. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Rose Venerini, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Friday, May 6

Jesus is the Head of the Body, the Church

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are grateful for this new life and day. As you called Saul to be an instrument of your mercy and love to the Gentiles, make us realize the importance of unity and value of each member of your body, the Church. May we protect and help each other. May we seek always the common good of each member and always pray for the growth of each other. May we be able to preserve the unity and firmness of our faith in the Lord Jesus. We ask this through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, Who Is Love. Amen. 

St. Dominic Savio, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Thursday, May 5

Learn and Witness the Faith Through Humility

Father of Humility, we adore you and praise for this new day. As we follow the life and mission of the apostles in the person of St. Philip in the first reading, grant us also the same conviction and dedication to help others who show interest to know you. By our example of humility and love, may we be able to draw others closer to your Son Jesus, our savior and Lord. Grant us today the grace we need. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

St. Hilary of Aries, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Wednesday, May 4

Redemptive Suffering

Father of life and health, thank you for this new life and day. As we celebrate the Feast of St. Peregrine, friar servant of Mary, help us imitate his example of humility, patience, prayer and endurance in suffering. As we seek his intercession before your merciful and healing hands, like him, may we also surrender everything – our health and life to you. Help our unbelief and lack of trust and patience to our own sufferings or the suffering of others sometimes. Grant these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, May 3

The Saints are our spiritual supports and guides

Loving Father, we are grateful this new day. As we celebrate the feast of the Apostles Philip and James, we express our gratitude for sending them to us to remind us of their faith and love for Jesus, your Son. Like them, may we also follow faithfully and remain with the Lord Jesus. We thank St. Philip, for because of his request to the Lord, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us,” we are now able to know and see you in your Son Jesus. Grant us the grace to slowly understand the mysteries that surround between you and Jesus your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Sts. Philip and James, apostles, pray for us.

Amen.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, May 2

No Matter the Weather You Accompany Me

Gracious and Eternal God, you have created this beautiful world.
Every minute of every day you nurture the earth and tend to the needs of your people.
The warmth of the sun, a gentle breeze, a sudden down pour – all are your gifts.
Help me be mindful that no matter the weather, you accompany me.
When the storms of life sneak up, help me cherish the gift of faith and my friends and family.
Help me to be a better steward of the people and the world around me.
No matter the weather may my heart be honest, and open, ready to share your generous mercy and love.
I ask this in union with Jesus and the Holy Spirit – One God forever and ever.

Amen.

Sunday, May 1

A Prayer of Commitment

Gracious God, help me to live my commitment to you as fervently as you live your commitment to me and all your people.

May my efforts today promote healing, hope and joy.

Amen.

Saturday, April 30

A Prayer of Welcome

Gracious God,
We are blessed to have this beautiful Sanctuary in the city.
May pilgrims and visitors feel welcomed as they are surrounded by the majesty of the tall cedars.
May the bird’s song, the rustling leaves, and the greeting of our staff allow all who visit to lay down their burdens here.
May they feel your loving mercy, and be inspired by the images of angels and saints to follow your Son Jesus more sincerely.
And may Blessed Mary offer her humble encouragement as visitors pray, explore, seek and learn.
As our visitors leave this place may they be filled with the gift of compassion and hope.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, April 29

A Spring Prayer

Father, the beauty of your creative power has burst forth in the colors and smells of Spring, bringing joy to all.

May we expand this beauty in the way we lovingly care for each other.

Amen.

Thursday, April 28

Shrewd as serpents and simple as doves

Father of Wisdom and Meekness, we praise you and thank you for another day. We heard today that St. Peter spoke the truth about the Resurrected Jesus Christ publicly, with so much passion and dedication, without fear. Grant us the same spirit of commitment to proclaim Christ the Lord with clarity in today’s world, without feeling shame or fear but love. Grant all these in Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

Mary, Queen of your Servants, pray for us.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Wednesday, April 27

Choose God, for He has chosen you

Our Saving Father, full of gratitude, we thank you for this new day. As Nicodemus listened to Jesus about the mysteries of your Kingdom, grant us the courage to risk our ego and pride in order to acquire true knowledge and wisdom that comes from Jesus. Help us choose you every day. Grant us the strength and determination to come to you not only when need you, but always. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

St. Anthony Maria Pucci, pray for us. 

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, April 26

United out of Humility

Father of Humility, we praise and worship you. Full of gratitude, we express our thanks to you for this new day you have given to all of us. Grant us humility so that we may able to truly establish lasting unity among ourselves. Like the disciples in the first reading, make us also “one in mind and heart”. And like Nicodemus in the gospel today, grant us humility so that we can truly know you and love. Grant us also patience and endurance. We ask this through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, Who Is Love. Amen.  

Seven Holy Founders, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, April 25

Jesus Christ, our Good News (Mk 1:1)

Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for this feast day of St. Mark. Lord, as we remember St. Mark, grant us also a deeper knowledge and love for Jesus, so that, like St. Mark, we may able also to share Jesus by means of our deeds. Constantly grant us the spirit of fortitude and wisdom to speak and fight for what is true and right with love. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Mark, evangelist, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, April 24

His Name is Mercy

Father of Mercy, we love and thank you for this new day. As we celebrate today, the “Divine Sunday,” may we be able to show mercy to those we meet today. Thank you for your everlasting mercy bestowed upon each of us this Easter Season. Even though we have sinned against you, your love and mercy are greater than our human weakness and sinfulness. Constantly sustain us in your loving mercy. As you forgive us, may we also forgive others from the heart. Grant these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Juliana, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an , OSM

Saturday, April 23

Spread the message of Love

Loving Father, to you be the glory. Thank you for the gift of new life and a new day. Grant us today the grace we need for us to be able to witness the good news of Easter, Jesus Christ. Inflame us with the fire of your love. The kind of love that removes fear and hatred. Like the Apostles, we may become your true witnesses of your forgiveness and salvation to all. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

St. Philip Benizi, pray for us.   

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Friday, April 22

Easter Faith

Father of love and life, thank you for this new day. As you constantly unfold unto us the glorious mysteries of the Resurrection Jesus, your Only Begotten Son, grant us the grace that we may be able to enter into a deeper commitment of love and service toward our brothers and sisters. Through the guidance of your Spirit, constantly reveal to us you Truth, Jesus Christ. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Amen.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Thursday, April 21

Peace be with you

Christ Jesus, we praise you for you restored our “startled and terrified” life with your “peace.” Help us also with your peace, Lord, to understand the resurrection and not be troubled. Make us believe in your resurrection and renew our faith that as we look upon you, we may know, believe and love you with our heart, our soul and our mind. May your peace remain ours and be the source of hope that we can hold on to whenever we are troubled. This we ask of you, Lord, who live and reign with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Wednesday, April 20

Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

“We were hoping that he would be the one.”

Dear Savior, with thankful hearts we come to you and with praise for you never leaving us to wander alone in our journey of faith, especially when doubt enters our minds. Help us to recognize your presence in our life, especially through all the blessings that we have received from your bountiful love. Never let us doubt that YOU ARE THE ONE, but let our hearts be burned with love of you and the Good News. May you remain with us all the time and guide us to recognize the mission that you have called us to do, and have the courage to proclaim the Good News to all peoples. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Tuesday, April 19

Tuesday within the Octave of Easter

O Risen Lord, you call each one of us by name whenever we are stuck in our grief. We do not want you to leave us alone in our grief, but you call us out and remind us that you are always there for us. We are grateful that you see us, know us and love us even when we feel far from you or in fear, in trouble and discouraged. May we never hold on to our grief and fear, but instead may we desire more intimacy with you through all your Sacraments. As you consoled us in our grief and fear, may we be able to console each other in our sorrows and grief. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Monday, April 18

Monday within the Octave of Easter

Jesus met them on their way and greeted them

Christ our Lord and Savior, we praise you for all that you have done for us, especially for not leaving us alone in our darkest and lonely moments of our life. Thank you for reaching out to us and meeting us where we are, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically. May your presence in all the Sacraments of the Church strengthen us in our journey of faith. May we, like Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, joyfully announce the Good News of your resurrection to all nations. We ask you this, Lord Jesus, for you are God, in communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Easter Sunday, April 17

The Lord is truly risen; to him be glory and power for all ages of eternity. Alleluia.

Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for giving us Jesus to save us from sin and death. We praise your Holy Name for your extraordinary love and sacrifice. We are sinners who need your mercy and forgiveness. Let your compassionate mercy be ours as we commit ourselves to live according to your Holy Will.

Almighty God, the resurrection of your Son has given us new life and renewed hope. Help us to live as a new people and give us the wisdom to know what you want us to do, the desire to do it, the courage that we need to do it the perseverance and strength to get it done. May we continue to be grateful for your love and sacrifice and salvation. Help us to walk in the Spirit of love, strengthen our hope and increase our faith in you, for you God, live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

The Lord is truly risen; to him be glory and power for all ages of eternity. Alleluia.

Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for giving us Jesus to save us from sin and death. We praise your Holy Name for your extraordinary love and sacrifice. We are sinners who need your mercy and forgiveness. Let your compassionate mercy be ours as we commit ourselves to live according to your Holy Will.
Almighty God, the resurrection of your Son has given us new life and renewed hope. Help us to live as a new people and give us the wisdom to know what you want us to do, the desire to do it, the courage that we need to do it the perseverance and strength to get it done. May we continue to be grateful for your love and sacrifice and salvation. Help us to walk in the Spirit of love, strengthen our hope and increase our faith in you, for you God, live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Holy Saturday, April 16

Easter Vigil

Lord Jesus, today we ask for the grace to imagine you lying in the tomb, in death. It is from this death – the same death we will all experience – that you are raised. We give thanks for the gift of mercy and life we have been given. May this Easter Vigil liturgy help us to experience the fullest celebration of the Resurrection and a renewal of our sense of Baptism. May we use this opportunity to celebrate your glorious Resurrection, which draws us to the fullness of life with you, for you are God, in the Communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Good Friday, April 15

“It is finished”

Dear Savior and Redeemer, today you accomplished your mission through your death on the Cross. You abandoned your own will and did the will of your Heavenly Father, and so destroyed the power of sin and death and brought us into the newness of life and freedom.

I thank you for showing me that I am loved. I thank you for showing me that no matter how far away I have gone astray, no matter how sinful I am, you continue to call me back to your love. You forgive my sins, heal my brokenness and allow me to experience your goodness and compassionate mercy.

Help me now, dear Savior and Redeemer, to recognize your voice and to carry out the mission that you call me to do in this journey of faith. May I never fail to do my mission, but may I have the courage, like yours, to finish what you ask of me. May my love for all your people reflect your own love, for you live and reign, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Holy Thursday, April 14

Holy Thursday Prayer

“Jesus loved them to the end.”

Lord, as we celebrate the start of the Sacred Paschal Triduum, I am offering my life to you with humility and love. I accept that I am a sinner and I am trying my best to live my life according to your teachings and example. I am consecrating myself to you so that I can love you too, until the end. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Wednesday, April 13

Wednesday of Holy Week

Lord, through your Sacraments, You give us tongues to speak like disciples and ears to hear like disciples. Show me how to listen with compassion and love so that I can do what Jesus did. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Tuesday, April 12

Tuesday of Holy Week

Lord, you made us in your image and your face stamped on our hearts. As I reflect today, I fully understand that when I sin, I betray Jesus, just as Judas did. Deliver us in all evil and help me fight all temptations in order for me not to betray you. Forgive me in all of my sins and help me to continue live my life under your grace. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Monday, April 11

Monday of Holy Week

Lord, sometimes I think of God’s love as something hard to find, something that can be used up, something that I need to get before others can take it from me. But I know, deep in my heart, that Your Love is not like that. I know that your love is all around me, every minute of everyday. Teach me how not to doubt your eternal love. Help me to learn to receive your Love with open hands and share that love generously with those around us. These I ask, in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Sunday, April 10

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The Lord

“Christ humbled himself. Because of this God greatly exalted him.” Lord, I always find ways to praise you, to sing Hosannas to your Son. As I offer you my prayers in love and faith, lead me now to your Son’s supper, to the foot of his cross, and to his glorious resurrection, that I may be truly be your follower. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Saturday, April 9

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“To gather together in unity”

Lord, I know you dwell among us. You gave as the free will to let us choose to cooperate with you. I am choosing you, my Lord. I am giving my life to you. Not my will but your will be done. As part of God’s family, I promise to help others to realize that they are also part of your family, that we are all brothers and sisters by showing them the love You have shown us. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Friday, April 8

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“I have shown you many good works from my Father.”

Lord, you have shown me all good works. I thank you for all the blessings you have given me. I know you are always on my side in all of my endeavors in life. You are always true to me, and you never fail to love and protect me. I ask your forgiveness if sometimes I betrayed you. I am weak and seeking your compassion. Lord, Have Mercy. 

Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Thursday, April 7

Oh, Lord My God, I praise and thank You for Your steadfast love and mercy. No matter the numerous times I face the ups and downs in my life, and no matter how things appear, I know that however things may seem, You will keep Your covenant with me. Today’s reading from the book of Genesis assures me of Your everlasting love. You, O Lord, will keep Your love and willingness to forgive me and walk with me. It is Your steadfast love that helps me to persevere in my times of waiting and wondering how You will respond to me. There was so much I do not know about the future, so much I cannot control. Give me the grace today to be firmly confident of Your commitment to me and Your ever faithfulness. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Wednesday, April 6

The Price of Discipleship

Oh, Lord my God, in today’s Gospel some of Your followers turned away because of Your hard sayings. Rather than accepting Your challenge to change them, they turned away. Give me Your grace today to be willing to be challenged by Your word, to shake me out of my complacency and to accept Your challenge to become a faithful disciple. Blessings flow from faithful discipleship in spite of my need to change, as You have shown us in Abraham and in the three young men who endured the fiery furnace. Deepen my trust and courage in your Word that I, too, can be a witness to my faith. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Tuesday, April 5

Oh, Lord my God, give me the grace this day to know the depth of Your love for me, that will allow me to truly know the deep effect of my sins in my life and on others.In today’s Scripture readings, You reveal Your love, mercy and compassion for us in our sinfulness – in the serpent on the cross, and in Jesus’ words, that we would know His love when he is to be crucified. Knowing I am loved will give me the courage to honestly look and know the depth of my sinfulness and be willing and able to seek Your divine mercy, and forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation. Assist me this day, oh Lord, to know the depth of Your love for me and have the courage to ask Your forgiveness for my sins. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Monday, April 4

Be Slow to Judge

Today we hear from the Book of Daniel, in the Old Testament, the story of Suzanna and the bad judges of Israel. Give me Your grace this day to truly listen and to be slow to judge others. Many people were quick to judge Jesus, Your Son, during His public ministry and judge Him unjustly. Even to bring him to be judged by Pontus Pilot to condemn Him, and he washed his hands as he saw an innocent man. Help me, oh Lord, not to be the judge of mental behavior, motives and actions of other with whom I live and those I encounter in my daily life. Please give me this grace, especially during this Season of Lent, to learn this lesson. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Sunday, April 3

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Oh, Lord my God, we know through Your Son Jesus of Your compassion, mercy and forgiveness. Give me the grace this day to experience Your mercy in the sacrament of reconciliation. After hearing Jesus offer the woman taken in adultery Your mercy with His words “Go, and from now on, sin no more,” give me the courage to obtain that pouring forth of Your forgiveness in my life this day. I ask for Your mercy at the beginning of each Mass I attend. Help me to profoundly say “Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy,” on me, each day. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Saturday, April 2

A Quiet Place for Prayer

O Lord, my God, give me the grace today to find a quiet place with You amid the hustle and business of my life, and to turn away from the numerous voices and distractions of my life to seek Your voice. Jesus found Your voice in today’s Gospel on the Mount of Olives. Noise and distractions were silenced in that place for Him and other Jews who looked to know Your will. This connection with You helped Him to focus on His divine mission You gave Him. I believe Jesus showed me the need to find a time and place to retreat to and pray. Give me the grace today to find my place to spend with You in silence and prayer. It may well be the time I need to know Your will for me in my life. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Friday, April 1

Jesus was Obedient to the Father

Oh, Lord my God, Your Son, Jesus was ever obedient to Your will, He knew Your Divine Will for Him. Give me the grace this day to always try to come to know Your will in my life, especially when the choices are not very clear to me. You have given me the life of Jesus and your grace to see how He always knew Your will. In all times, but especially in the hard times, help me when I need Your grace to assist me to know Your will for me. I trust in Your grace to show me the way of Your divine will. The Gospel today gives me encouragement that as Your grace was with Jesus, it will be with me, as well, in those hard times in my life.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Thursday, March 31

Love is Enough

Praise and thanks to you, Father, for this day. As Lord Jesus continues His teachings, grant us the grace of humility and attentiveness. Once again heal our wounded hearts prone to idolatry, like the people Israel while waiting for Moses to come down from your holy Mountain. Help us in our weakness. Grant us perseverance, firmness and endurance as we face daily life. Grant us the spirit of enthusiasm and joy in doing your holy will as proof of our love for you and of our neighbor.

All this we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

St. Anthony Pucci, pray for us. 

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Wednesday, March 30

Great Love

Merciful and Compassionate Father, thank you for this new day. Indeed, no one is great but you. The Lord Jesus taught us that today. He didn’t claim anything apart from you. Great and good indeed lies on our relationship with Him. Unless we remain with Jesus, we cannot bear fruit. His secret is you, Father. May we learn to rely and depend on Jesus and on one another. For unless we stay with the Lord and with one another, we will always be weak and fruitless. Unite us always.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, March 29

Water is Life

Loving Father, we thank and praise you once again for this new day. Today we heard you speaking to us in the two readings. You used water as an instrument of your healing power. You reminded us of the importance of this element into our lives. Help us protect and preserve the environment where natural springs of water flow. Most of all, may we always draw water from you. You are the living. You are the only one who can heal our sickness and the one who can quench our thirst. Fill us with your life. 

We ask this through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, Who Is Love. Amen.

St. Philip Benizi, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, March 28

His word is life

Praise and glory to you, O God and Father, for this new day. Renew us today, Lord. Increase our faith in your Son. Like the royal official in the gospel today, may we also entrust everything to Him. May we trust and embraced every word that comes from the mouth of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Be patient with us, Father.

Grant this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Queen of your Servants, intercede for us with the Lord Jesus.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, March 27

Home is love!

Father, praise and thanks to you for this wonderful Sunday. Today you are telling us to celebrate together as one family. Yes, there is no greater joy than to be home, to be one with you again. Everyone deserves not just a second chance. We all deserve of your unconditional love precisely because we are all your children. May we truly feel sorry of our sins against you and against one another.

Grant these through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

St. Rupert, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Saturday, March 26

Strive for Holiness

Loving Father, thank you for the gift of another day. Grant us today, Lord, the grace of humility. May little kindness never swell our pride but make us humbler. Keep us away from the danger of being self-righteous. Make our day filled with gratitude. Form our heart like the heart of your Son.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Margaret of Clitherow, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Friday, March 25

Yes to the Will of God

Be honor and glory to Lord God, our loving Father, for this beautiful day. As we celebrate today the Solemnity of your Announcement to the Blessed Mother Mary of your plan of salvation to all, accept our humble praises and thanks to you. May we also imitate the Blessed Mother Mary, in her perfect “Yes,” as she cooperates and participates to your plan in saving humanity from sin and death. May all of us also say yes to your call today.

Thank you so much for calling us, Father. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Holy Mary, intercede for us with the Lord Jesus.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Thursday, March 24

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts

Almighty and loving God, you call us each and everyday to listen to your voice and to walk in the ways that you command us. Help us to listen to you and to be able to walk in your paths. Do not let our pride, our sins, or even our weakness and failures, block us from listening and walking in the path you have prepared for us. Open our hearts to welcome your Words and to put them into practice. May we never harden our hearts to listen to your Words, but with your grace may we always pay heed to what you want us to do in this life. With the help of the Holy Spirit, may we never fail to follow your commands and so bear much fruit for your Kingdom, where you live and reign, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Wednesday, March 23

Whoever keeps and teaches the law will be called great

Lord Jesus, you taught us today to follow and observe the law (or the prophets) but not to over-interpret them in our lives. You showed to us that the heart of the laws or the prophets is the true and meaningful relationship with God, who has given us everything. And thus, you called us to follow the greatest commandments, which is to love the Lord God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. As we keep the law and the prophets, may we remember that love should come before all else. Thank you for giving us this law of love, Jesus. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Tuesday, March 22

Unless each of you forgives your brother and sister, the Father will not forgive you.

Lord Jesus, you invite us today to be affectionate and kind toward one another. Thank you for reminding us that our relationship with one another has implications for our relationship with God, the Father. Send us your Holy Spirit that we may be able to extend the mercy, pardon and forgiveness that we receive from God. With your grace may we live an authentic Christian life and spirituality in doing noble deeds towards our brothers and sisters. We ask this of you, Lord, Jesus, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Monday, March 21

Athirst is my soul for the living God

Almighty and ever living God, you know me and you look deep into my soul. May you always find that my soul is also searching for you, the living fountain. May I never allow worldly and earthly things possess my soul. But may you “send forth your light and your fidelity to lead me on and bring me to your holy mountain, to your dwelling – place” where I will joyfully praise your name with all your children. For you are God whom my soul longs and yearns for, are worthy of all our praises, and you live forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Sunday, March 20

Third Sunday of Lent

Lord Jesus, you constantly call us to repent from our sins. May we use this opportunity of this Lenten Season to truly reflect on our lives and truly be sorry for all the sins that we have committed. You, Oh Lord, are kind and merciful and so this Lenten Season we come to you and beg you to forgive our offenses; help us to have the courage to forgive each other for all the things which we have done and said that could have hurt others’ feelings. May your example of mercy help us to be merciful to each other. With the grace of your mercy, may we never fall into sin again but live according to your will, for you Oh Lord, are God, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Saturday, March 19

The Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin

Almighty Father, you entrusted your only begotten Son to the faithful care of Saint Joseph. Though his intercession, may you help all your children to live a righteous life following and observing your commands. Through his prayers, may you continue to bless our family with love and protection; nurture the love within each family that we too live like Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Friday, March 18

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Lord God, you have called each one of us to work in your vineyard. We thank you for this opportunity that you have given us, and may we be faithful to the work that you have entrusted to us, that we may produce abundant fruit. Help us with the grace of your love to never abandon your vineyard; we may work hard that your vineyard continues to produce much fruit at the proper times. May we always remember that you are the owner of the vineyard. May all that we do at your vineyard be done for your glory and for the good of our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Thursday, March 17

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Lord, I praise you for you loving-kindness. Lighten our loads when we are burdened and refresh us in your wellspring of living water when we are thirsty. Help to turn our hearts to you, and kindle in them the fire of your Spirit, so that we may be steadfast in faith.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Wednesday, March 16

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Lord, You gave your own Son to suffer and die so that we may have life. Give us the courage to go and carry the cross with him during this Lenten season. Teach us to be a living sacrifice for the good of others. Strengthen us with your consoling presence and lead us to the joys of heaven. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Tuesday, March 15

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Lord, I pray that I may see you with fresh eyes, and a new vision of Who you are. I am thankful that You are living in me, and that one day I will see You face-to-face and know as I am known. Teach me to be humble so that I can serve You by serving other people in my community. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Monday, March 14

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Lord, today you teach is to be merciful. Sometimes, it is very hard to forgive, especially to those who give me so much pain. Give me strength for me to forgive so that I may be forgiven. Amen. 

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Sunday, March 13

Second Sunday of Lent

Lord, you revealed Yourself through women and men who live lives of Christian commitment. In those whose integrity strengthens us, in those whose religious sentiments inspire us, in those whose endurance gives us confidence. You revealed Yourself in those who get involved in bettering the lives of others. You revealed Yourself in very ordinary ways. Help us open our eyes to see You. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Saturday, March 12

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Lord, teach me today to love my enemies and pray for those who persecute me. You know how hard I am trying to be perfect as You. Guide and bless me through your Holy Spirit so I can continue to love. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Friday, March 11

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Lord, I am offering my day to you. Guide me today as I reflect on people that offended me and people I offended too. Give me strength and humility to forgive and to forget, as I reconcile with them. Grace me with your compassion and mercy so that I may also share you compassion and mercy to others.

Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Thursday, March 10

Hear the Prayer of Your People

Oh, Lord my God, hear the prayer of Your servant in these days of penitence, as You heard the prayer of Your faithful people in the scriptures, of Queen Esther. You have assured us in the Gospels that You want us to ask, and we will receive, to seek and we will find, and to knock and the door will be opened to us. But You assure us as well that we need do to others as we would have them do to us. I live in a world that wants instant answers, but I need to be sure of what I am asking of You. So, confident of Your divine mercy, I rely on Your Word that You will hear my petitions. I can not grow tired of asking in my need for Your divine protection and mercy. Hear this humble prayer through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Wednesday, March 9

The Words of the Lord are Spirit and Life

Oh, Lord, my God, pour out your powerful Word into my heart inviting me me to be Holy because You are Holy. Already through Baptism and strengthened by Confirmation, You are my source of life and holiness by the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit. Give me the grace today to nourish that life in me by my prayer and reception of Your other Sacraments. Pour out Your grace upon me to trust in the power of Your gave to keep me safe along the way of eternal salvation, and to open my heart ever more to the promptings of your grace amid the trials and tribulations of life . I thank You this day for the invitation. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Tuesday, March 8

A Heart Contrite and Humble

Oh, Lord my God, in today’s scripture readings we again clearly hear the call to repentance and conversion of mind and heart, the message we received on Ash Wednesday to “ turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” I pray for Your grace today and each day of this Lenten Season to hear this call to reform my heart and will according to Your will. Give me the power of Your grace each day to have a repentant heart, not only this Lent but in the future days of my life that You give me here on this earth. You have been generous with the grace of Your forgiveness and mercy, I beg should to make use of the sacrament of reconciliation to be renewed in heart and mind.

Hear my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Monday, March 7

Teach us to Pray

I praise and thank You, O Lord, for the gift of Your Son who teaches us today how to pray in Matthew’s Gospel. He gives us a more intimate way of offering You our praise, adoration, thanksgiving, as well as petition. Give me the grace today to have that love, trust, obedience, dependence and repentance that this prayer includes to honor You. Your Son poured out His life on the Cross to come among and teach us. May my life give You the deep feelings of this powerful prayer as I recite it each day. I ask You this in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Sunday, March 6

The Lord Is Near

Oh, Lord my God, allow me the grace during this Lenten Season to let You get to know Your will for me. Give me Your grace to spend more time reflecting on Your Word in Scripture, the Gospels, the Psalms. I believe in this way You can strengthen me to overcome my temptations, as Jesus was able to do in His temptations in the desert in today’s Gospel. I can often feel weak at times and my sinfulness can lead me astray. Allow me to remember, as the Letter to the Romans today, that Your Word is always with me, in my heart and in my mind. I ask this grace of you today, O Lord my God, in the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Saturday, March 5

Closer my Lord to You

Oh, Lord my God, in today’s Gospel Jesus eats with sinners, and he is criticized by the Pharisees. Sometimes I can be like them and judge others too harshly, and sometimes even myself. I see today in this reading the kindness, compassion and mercy, even when I may not deserve it. Allow me to have the desire to be like Him in being just, loving and merciful. Allow me to use this year’s Lenten Season to get closer to Jesus, making time in my schedule to quiet down and put myself in His presence, and in this way to become closer to Jesus and more like Jesus in my attitudes, thinking and compassion for those I live with, as well as with others. I ask this grace of You today in His name, Jesus Christ, my order.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Friday, March 4

The True Meaning of Fasting

Oh, Lord my God, You have given us six weeks of preparation for Holy Week to prepare our hearts by works of penance, charity and good works for the Solemnity of Jesus’ resurrection in our lives. I hear Your word in scripture today of the fasting that You seek from us: releasing the bonds of those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke, setting the free the oppressed, sharing my bread with the hungry, sheltering the homeless and oppressed, clothing the naked. Give me the grace this day that I need not just to hear Your voice but act on it as Mary did in her life. I ask this so that You may pour out your mercy and hear my petitions in my need. I ask this in the powerful name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Thursday, March 3

Use your freedom according to its original purpose

Praise and thanks to you, Father, for this second day of Lent. Today we heard your commands, in the first reading, through Moses. By means of our freedom you gave us options to choose. Grant us the grace to use our freedom to choose life, truth and love. Most of all, help us to choose you above everything. This Season of Lent, may we choose only what good, just and right. Lastly, may we choose to love and follow you every day. Grant us the grace to let go of our sinfulness, selfishness, and our unbelief. Help us embraced the new path that leads to you. Increase our faith, hope and love of you today.

Grant all these in Jesus Name. Amen.  

St. Catherine Drexel, pray for us. 

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Ash Wednesday, March 2

Lord, we are from you. And to you, we return.

Merciful and Compassionate Father, thank you for this special day. Today is Ash Wednesday. As we begin this Season of Lent, with contrite heart and humble spirit, we recognize our sinfulness and unworthiness in your presence. The ash placed on our foreheads reminds us that we are human and fragile. That no one lives forever here on earth. That everyone of us, at a certain point time and place, has to leave this earth. In the shortness our life, grant us wisdom that we may use wisely all that you have given to each one of us. Most of all, may we use them for the betterment of others and for the salvation of our souls not for its distraction. May this Lenten Season be once again an opportunity and occasion to amend our lives to be better and better Christians.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Agnes of Bohemia, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, March 1

Give up not Loving and follow God

Loving Father, we thank and praise you once again for the new day. Grant us the grace for today that we may able to give up the things or vices that hinder our way back to you. Provide to us the confidence, like that of St. Peter, in our gospel reading today. That like Peter, we may also able to say, “We have given up everything and followed you”, not counting or asking for anything in return but more than anything else, to be with you is more than enough.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, Who Is Love. Amen. 

St. Rosendo, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, Feb. 28

Love and follow the Lord, through Mary

Praise and glory to you, O God and Father, for this new day. Our prayer to you today is this: grant us the grace to direct our hearts to Jesus, to be and remain in His company. For nothing or no one in this world can save us or grant us true and lasting happiness but Jesus alone. He is also “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Grant us the capacity not just to follow the law, but most especially, to follow the Lord Jesus, through Mary. For indeed, Mary is our sure guide on the way to Jesus.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Queen of your Servants, intercede for us with the Lord Jesus.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, Feb. 27

Lord, be our Guide and our Way

Father, praise and thanks to you for this wonderful Sunday. Grant us the grace to spend quality time with you, especially in the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Help us in our journey as disciples of Jesus, your Son, to be able to follow His lead on the way to you, Father. With Jesus as our sure guide leading the Way to you, may we also become instruments to guide others back to you. Indeed, without Jesus, oursure guide back to you, Father, we would surely fail. Therefore, be with us always in our daily journey.

Grant these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Leander, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Saturday, Feb. 26

Age doesn’t matter. Faith does

Loving Father, thank you for the gift of another day. Thank you for the gift of each other and for the gift of creation. Please forgive for us if sometimes we become insensitive and indifferent to the needs and feelings of our brothers and sisters. May we not deprive anyone to come to you, to know and love you. May the words of the Lord Jesus in the gospel today remind us of our responsibility toward all, especially to the least fortunate and vulnerable, both the children, the sick and the aged.

We ask this through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

St. Victor of Plancy, pray for us. 
      
Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Friday, Feb. 25

Love over the law

God the Father of Love, we praise and thank you for this new day. We pray today, in special way, to please grant fidelity and faithfulness to all married couples. May they grow each day in their love and commitment. May they make you, Lord, as their only third party, who is there in their midst only to guide, unite and sustain them in their loving relationship, and to support them in good times and in bad. May they seek nothing but only you. Finally, may we, your children, grow and mature also in loving you and our brothers and sisters like the Lord Jesus did. Thank you so much for you love, Father. We ask this in Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

St. Walburga, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Thursday, Feb. 24

“Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs”

Loving and merciful God, we give you thanks for all the blessings that you have given us. Thank you especially for helping us to be humble and be grateful for everything that we have received from you. Help us with your Holy Spirit so that we do not become deaf to the cry of the poor around us. May we be able to make your presence known through our charitable activities. At the end, may we gain the reward of eternal life in your Kingdom, where you live and reign, forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Memorial of St. Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr

“If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that” (James 4:13-17) Loving God, you called Saint Polycarp and made him a bishop who loved you and all people. He was compassionate to sinners. Since you, O God, were the one who strengthened him in his mission, his actions were always in accord with his words, “the will of God be done.” Through his intercession, we pray that our words and actions will be done according to your will. Forgive us when we fail to do this; send your Holy Spirit to help and guide us toward the path of holiness and righteousness. This we ask through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Tuesday, Feb. 22

The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Lord Jesus, we are grateful that you raised and trusted Saint Peter to lead the Church in the world. Saint Peter now lives happily in heaven with you and the Father and all the saints. We ask for his intercession now to always pray for his successor, for Pope Francis, and all of us, the Church of Christ, who are still on pilgrimage in this world. We pray that our faith will always be solid as rock and we will always be eager to share the Good News of Christ to anyone who does not know Christ, or those whose faith has been dwarfed by worldly things. You are our Good Shepherd, Lord Jesus, and there is nothing we shall want. For you are God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Monday, Feb. 21

The Memorial of St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor

Almighty God,

We give you thanks for helping us to grow stronger in faith through the example of St. Peter Damian. As a Bishop and Doctor of the Church, he led us with wisdom and understanding. Through his intercession, we pray that you continue to pour your wisdom from above to all bishops, priests and deacons, and all people of the Church so that more people become peacemakers, gentle towards one another and forgiving one another. We pray through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Sunday, Feb. 20

The Lord is kind and merciful

Blessed are you Lord, for your kindness and mercy never fails. You teach us everyday to love God and to love one another. May you help us with the Holy Spirit to be able to mirror image your mercy and forgiveness, and to love and pardon those who wrong us. So, as you have forgiven us our sins, may we be able to love those who hate us, to bless and not curse them, and to pray for those who mistreat us. Help us Lord, to be charitable towards all people whom we encounter in our lives. May we be merciful throughout our lives. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Saturday, Feb. 19

You will protect us, Lord

Lord Jesus, today we pray for the world and all people in the world. We ask you, Lord, to bestow your greatest blessings upon our world, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants, we implore your love, mercy, healing, peace and justice to all the inhabitants of the world. We pray especially for many of our brothers and sisters who are affected by this pandemic: may you send your healing power upon them to touch them and to restore their health. And we pray that you continue to protect all the nurses, doctors and all healthcare professionals from all harm and danger. We also ask your protection for all those provide for our food: protect them Lord with your love and kindness. We also pray for all students and their teachers that you continue to watch over them and be with them to give them wisdom and understanding. We pray for many others who work hard to provide for their family and make a better society and a better world, may you Lord continue to be their protector throughout their lives, for you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Friday, Feb. 18

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”

Loving and merciful God,
Thank you for allowing us to follow you and for calling us your beloved children. Lord, you know that we are not perfect and we cannot walk in this journey without you. Come to our help Lord, send us your Holy Spirit to be with us in our life that we delight in your commands and have the courage to put them into practice. May our pride never get in the way we live our (spiritual) life but by denying ourselves, may we be able to humble ourselves to carry our cross and follow your path of holiness and righteousness. We make our prayer, through Christ who calls his friends, he who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Thursday, Feb. 17

Prayer

Holy God,
You called our Seven Holy Fathers to leave everything and to draw inspiration from Mary, our Mother, to be good workers to the vineyard of Monte Scenario, that glorious inheritance of the Virgin Mother, the vine your right hand has planted.
You called our Seven Founding Fathers to serve you and all people with love, humility, and meekness.
Through their intercession, we pray that you send new sisters and brothers to join us in this journey as Servants of the Blessed Mary.
May you call and invite them to walk in the steps of our Seven First Fathers, makers of peace and reconciliation, to sing your glory and to proclaim the Good News to all people. We ask you this, O God, through Christ our Lord, he who, lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
Seven Holy Fathers, Pray for us.  

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Third day of the Triduum of the Seven Holy Founders

We turn to you, our first Fathers, as children, disciples and friends to learn from you how to be followers of Christ, how we can serve God in joy, with innocent hands and pure heart, how we can serve Christ in following him to the cross to reign with him in glory, how we can be faithful to the command to bear one another’s burdens and freely serve one another, how we can live like the Lord’s humble Handmaid, making our lives a service of love to the Son of God and our brothers and sisters. O Holy Fathers, may your example of service to God and holy Mary remain with us, and may your prayer support us, today and all the days of our life. Amen.

Allan Sabroso
Liturgy Coordinator

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Second day of the Triduum of the Seven Holy Founders

We come to you, our first Fathers, as children, disciples and friends, to learn from you how to be followers of Christ, how we can love God above all things and spend our lives in the service of others, how we can respond to every offence with pardon and return good for the evil done to us, how we can help the needy, ease the pain of the afflicted, and open our hearts in friendship, how we can build a life together, united in heart and mind, in the home of our Father. O Holy Fathers, may your example of fraternal communion and of service to Mary, remain with us, and may your prayers support us today and every day of our lives. Amen.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, Feb. 14

Prayer

Lord, generously hear the prayer of your Servants, who trust in the richness of your mercy and fatherly intercession of the Seven Holy Founders. Through the their intercession kindly hear my needs (mention your intercession). Kindly grant my prayer that I maybe your faithful disciple and herald of Your Gospel. I make my prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Sunday, Feb. 13

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Lord, you teach us today about humility and kindness. Make me poor in spirit, so I can receive the kingdom of heaven. When I mourn, please help me find comfort. Make me meek, so that I may inherit the land. Help me to hunger and thirst for righteousness, so I may be satisfied. Make me merciful, so I may obtain your mercy. Make me pure of heart, so I may see you. Help me to make peace, so I may be called your child. When I am persecuted for righteousness’ sake, show me your kingdom. Make my heart like yours so that I can love others like you do.

Amen.

Saturday, Feb. 12

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

My Lord, at the multiplication of the bread you showed us how to be self-giving. Like what you did on the cross, you gave up you life for our sins. As I realize today, these examples of self-giving is a selfless love and the celebration of the Mass is the memorial of that Love. I promise that I will attend mass on Sundays and, if possible, daily. Please guide me and help to fulfill this promise as I would like to thank you for making that supreme sacrifice to save humanity and also to nourish my soul with your Body and Blood.

Amen.   

Friday, Feb. 11

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

My dearest mother, Immaculate Virgin Mother of Mercy, Health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted, cuddle me in your arms and intercede for me as I pray to God for strength and patience to all endeavors I will have for today. I also pray for those who are sick. May the Lord cure them both spiritually and physically. This I ask through your intercession, in Jesus’ name. Amen.  

A brief story of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11 marks the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. According to tradition, the Blessed Mother first appeared to a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France on February 11, 1858. Since her appearance, a number of unexplained and miraculous healings from the waters at Lourdes have been recorded by the Church.

Thursday, Feb. 10

Stay On Guard 

Oh, Heavenly Father, we are reminded in our Mass readings today that even with Your help our human heart can slip into sin as it happened to King Solomon. Although you gave him Your gift of Wisdom, his heart slipped into idolatry. Please give us the grace this day to have the same trust as the woman of the Gospel to seek You and find Your grace in our lives in order to remain faithful when we are tempted to look to other things other than You, that Your Holy Spirit may be with us, so as to not slip into sinfulness in our daily choices by our inattention. For this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius M. Kissel, OSM

Wedneday, Feb. 9

Jesus warns us

Oh, God our Father, today Your Son Jesus warns us to be aware that in spite of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit evil still can come from the human heart. But with the presence of the Holy Spirit, we can still grow and seek the Lord’s humility and purity of heart. Allow us all, Lord, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, to call on Your Spirit in times of temptation and in the challenges and difficulties of life. Give us Your grace. Renew our commitment to You that the Holy Spirit may guide us in making good choices in times of trouble in our daily lives. We ask this of You in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius M. Kissel, OSM

Tuesday, Feb. 8

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

Oh, Lord our God, we hear today of the temple Solomon built to assure his people of Your presence among them, and how they were in awe of the place to give sacrifice and praise to You. The Apostles were in awe of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within them to give You praise. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, and our Baptism, we have been given the same Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Give us this day Your grace to be aware of this gift in our hearts and to help us make the right choices each day to stay connected with You and give You praise. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius M. Kissel, OSM

Monday, Feb. 7

God’s Presence in our Lives

Oh, Lord, our God, in today’s Gospel the crowds recognize Your presence in Jesus. Give us the grace, as well, to be aware of Your presence in our life, in our moments of prayer, in the midst of turmoil and disappointment, but also in the joys of our life, in nature, in the generosity of friends and neighbors, in those who love us despite our sins and faults that disappoint them. Perhaps the more we can see you and find you in one place, we will be more able to find You in other places in our life. Give us Your grace today to find You more easily in other circumstances of our life. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius M. Kissel, OSM

Sunday, Feb. 6

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oh, God Our Father, in the readings for this Sunday three men experience their sinfulness in their encounter, Isaiah, Paul and Peter. As humans there is always that mixture of good and bad. Encountering You, Lord, all good, allows us to be more aware of our limitations. All our illusions of self-righteousness can disappear. We may not have as dramatic experiences, but we can experience Your mercy and have gratitude and thanksgiving for your Divine Providence and protection – A close call while driving, or when me might be intent on evil, like Paul, or in prayer like Isaiah, or at work like Peter. Give us the grace today to ask Your forgiveness, mercy and compassion for Your unworthy servants. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius M. Kissel, OSM

Saturday, Feb. 5

The Gift of an Understanding Heart 

Today’s Old Testament reading gives us Solomon’s passage where he asks You for an understanding heart to judge Your people. Give us as well, an understanding heart. Sometimes we so easily judge people different from us without knowing them at all. Please give us the ability to withhold judgement on others and show them the love, kindness and respect that Your Son, Jesus had for those He encountered in His life. In Your generosity I ask this grace of You today and those days to come, through Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius M. Kissel, OSM

Friday, Feb. 4

The Grace of Fortitude

O Lord our God, we pray today to have the virtues of the Heart of your Son Jesus to give us the courage to speak the truth, even under hard times. Jesus has shown us the way. Your Saints have done so as well. Steel us with the courage of Your grace and mercy to speak with the confidence and mercy we need in situations and circumstances that challenge us to speak the truth. Only You can give us the grace of courage and strength. I ask this grace of You this day through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Fr. Ignatius M. Kissel, OSM

Thursday, Feb. 3

Bring nothing but love

Loving Father, as we begin this new day, fill us with your love. Let love reign and overflow in us. Let this same love be the one to motivate our thoughts, words and actions. Make our day rich in good works. Sustain us in all we do. Inspire us always. Make us always joyful givers and servers of your healing and reconciling love. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

Sts. Blase, bishop and martyr and Ansgar, bishop, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Wednesday, Feb. 2

My self is my gift to you, Lord

God, our Loving Father, we thank you for sending to us your Beloved Son, Jesus, as the expression of your great love for us. As we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, by his parents, Mary and Joseph, may we also present out very selves to you as our expression of total self giving and love of you. Accept our humble offering. May we remain in you as you remain in us always. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Lord, increase our faith, hope and love

Father, thank you for this new day. As we continue our faith journey, be our safety and joy. Preserve us in your love. Keep and sustain us in our pursuit for holiness. Let not evil reign in our hearts, but instead generosity and faithfulness. Increase our faith, hope and love. May this whole month of February be filled with unselfish loving service to others. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, Jan. 31

Lord, come to rescue us

Father, come to help and rescue us from every evil and sin. Assist us in our struggle against evil spirits for they are stronger than ourselves. With you as our protector and guide, we fear no evil, for you are stronger than your creatures. Make us feel your abiding presence and protection. Send forth St. Michael and all your angels to guide and protect us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

St. John Bosco, priest, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, Jan. 30

Love never fails

Loving Father, we praise and bless you today. Thank you for reminding us today that it is more than enough that you are there to love us unconditionally. Though people around us may hate or abandoned us because of our faith and love for Jesus, we are consoled by your loving presence, protection and guidance. Be with us always. Constantly sustain us in your grace each day. May discouragement and failures not stop us loving and serving you in others. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Saturday, Jan. 29

Faith over fear

Merciful Father, we are grateful for this wonderful day. Your love and care for all your creatures are beyond human measure. Grant us the sense of gratitude for all the countless blessings you have bestowed upon all of us. Let us realize that even in the midst of sufferings or danger, you are there to comfort and sustain us. For you are true to your name, “Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us”. Unlike David, may we show care to each other without distinction. We ask this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Mary Queen of your servants, intercede and pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Friday, Jan. 28

Love is greater than sin

Loving Father, we praise and thank you for this new day. Despite of our littleness and sinfulness, you’re love for each of us remains the same. You’re love is greater than the sins committed by David. Your love is likened to the “scatter seed on the land that sprouts and grows without us knowing it.” Constantly sustain us in your grace and love. And may your love constantly grow in us. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Thursday, Jan. 27

Saint Angela Merici

“To the one who has, more will be given.”

Almighty God,

We bless your Holy Name and we thank you for giving Saint Angela Merici the courage to answer your call and to instruct many people in charitable work and in the Christian life.

Through her intercession, may the Holy Spirit kindle the hearts of many people to be more charitable towards their brothers and sisters who are in need and the poor. May all your hungry children be satisfied through the love of those around them.

We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Saints Timothy and Titus

Lord Jesus, we thank you for the examples of Saints Timothy and Titus in being witness to your goodness to the early Church. Saint Timothy was a constant and much-beloved fellow-worker of St. Paul. Saint Titus, who was a convert from Paganism, was called to help the early Christian Church/community in Corinth. Through their intercession, may all the faithful continue to work and pray for the unity of the Church, and may we all recognize our calling and work together, as one body, to build Your Kingdom on earth, where you live and reign with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Tuesday, Jan. 25

The Conversion of St. Paul

Lord Jesus

You called your ‘greatest’ enemy who persecuted you and your followers and allowed him to preach your mighty deeds. Thank you for your forgiveness and mercy.

We pray today that through the intercession of St. Paul, you call more sinners, those persecute you, and your brothers and sisters with their words and actions, to conversion. May the example of St. Paul change our old way of sinning to a new life in you. Through the change of our hearts and how we live our lives, may your name be honored and adored throughout the world, for you live and reign forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Monday, Jan. 24

Come Lord Jesus, stay in our hearts

Lord Jesus, you come to our lives to set us free from all our adversities. Thank you for the salvation that you offer us. Help us with your power to recognize your power working in and through us.

Forgive us, Lord Jesus, for the times that we do not trust you. Forgive us for the times when we feel like your far away from us and when we feel like you do not love and care for us, or even against us. Come Lord Jesus, and stay in our hearts so we may continue to recognize your presence through good times and bad times. Open the eyes of our hearts to see your saving deeds. May your Holy Spirit help us to ‘repent, believe in the Gospel and to follow’ you throughout our lives. We ask you this, Lord Jesus, who live and reign, forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Sunday, Jan. 23

The Body of Christ

Almighty and loving God, praise be your name. You have given each one of us a part, a responsibility in building up the Church, the Body of Christ. You also have provided for us the necessary blessings that we need to be responsible as we work together – journey together in the Church and in our society.

Help us with the grace of your Holy Spirit that we continue to be faithful to our commitment of service and to answer to our calling with a willingness to do everything for your Kingdom. Guide us that we may put our attention and focus on what you want us to do, and may your will be done in and through us, your humble servants. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Saturday, Jan. 22

Almighty Creator,

From the beginning you created human beings in your image and you ‘blessed’ your creation. We thank you, God, for the goodness of each of your creation and for the blessing that you bestowed upon each human being.
We humbly implore your mercy now to protect your creation from all harm, especially we pray for the protection of the unborn children. Make us learn to love them like you would love them; make us more aware of the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.

May the unborn children leap in their mothers’ womb, like John the Baptist upon hearing Mary’s greeting, knowing that their mother (and father) love them and that their parents always ask Blessed Virgin’s intercession for them to grow as God’s beloved children. And as you Beloved Son was born into a loving and Holy Family, may all the Unborn Children be born into a loving family as well. We ask this, through Christ, our brother, who lives and reigns, forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Friday, Jan. 21

My heart belongs to you

Lord Jesus, I know that my mind and heart are distracted by many things. Help me to place you as my number one priority. I know with you as my number one, all my other duties, obligations, and efforts will fall into proper order, or fall away as unnecessary. Thank you, Lord, for your patience, and know that my heart belongs to you and your message of reconciliation, peace, hope, and mercy.

Amen.

Thursday, Jan. 20

Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Lord, true light and source of all light, listen to our morning prayer. Turn our thoughts to what is holy and may we ever live in the light of your love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Wednesday, Jan. 19

Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Lord, as a new day dawns send the radiance of your light to shine in our hearts. Make us true to your teaching; keep us free from error and sin. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Lord Jesus Christ, true light of the world, you guide all mankind to salvation. Give us the courage, strength and grace to build a world of justice and peace, ready for the coming of that kingdom where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

Monday, Jan. 17

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial of Saint Anthony. Abbot
O God, who brought the Abbot Saint Anthony to serve you by a wondrous way of life in the desert, grant, through his intercession, that, denying ourselves, we may always love you above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sunday, Jan.16

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

Saturday, Jan. 15

Saturday of the first week in Ordinary Time 

Lord, free us from the dark night of death. Let the light of resurrection dawn within our hearts to bring us to the radiance of eternal life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

Friday, Jan. 14

Friday of the first week in Ordinary Time

God our Father, you conquer the darkness of ignorance by the light of your Word. Strengthen within our hearts the faith you have given us; let not temptation ever quench the fire that your love has kindled within us.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Thursday, Jan. 13

The Lord’s desire is to heal us

Oh, Lord, we have another healing in today’s Gospel of a leper who began talking to Jesus by saying “If you wish…” 
“Lord, you can make me clean,” and Jesus said, “I do wish it.” There is a willingness to be healed. Give me the grace this day, Lord to sincerely ask for what I need, where I need to be healed. Sometimes we ask but quietly think “not right now, Lord.” 

Allow me Lord to sincerely request my need, and desire it with all my heart, right now. Give me the power of Your grace, O Lord, to mean what I pray. I kneel before You Lord, come and heal me.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Memorial of St. Anthony Pucci, OSM

Oh Lord, Our God, Jesus is our Good Shepherd, St. Anthony followed his example as pastor for 40 years in Viareggio, Italy, caring for the spiritual and human basic needs of his parishioners. Give us the grace, Oh Lord, whatever our state in life, to care for those in our responsibility – in our families, professions or those we see in need. Give us the heart of the Good Shepherd, as you gave to St. Anthony. Give us his devotion to Mary, our Sorrowful Mother, as well, to provide care for those in need when we see it. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Pouring out your heart

Oh Lord, throughout scripture many people are pouring their hearts out to You, like Hannah, and you answered them.

In my prayer today, please give me the power to speak to You directly from my heart. To express my love for you, my thanksgiving for the life You have given me, and the desire I have to know Your will for me amidst the trials and tribulations of my daily life. I believe I am trying to create the empty space to allow You to pour in whatever You desire to give me. Lord, you know what is in my heart, and as I speak it to You, hear and answer me. I ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Monday, Jan. 10

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

Oh Lord our God, you come to us today with a promise and an invitation. The promise to be a part of the kingdom, and an invitation to follow you, to “repent and believe in the gospel.” We can be so wrapped up in our lives and issues that distract us from what is really important. You call us in order to break through to us a higher priority, a higher purpose. Grant us the grace today to listen closer to your message in our hearts, our longings and our eternal future. Allow us to spend the time we need to listen to your voice in our prayer. We ask this of you in Christ’s name.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Sunday, Jan. 9

Testimony to who Jesus is for us

In today’s Gospel we hear these words: “This is my Beloved Son in Whom I am Well pleased.”

These words were heard as Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist. Jesus was baptized to make the water holy for us by the water He touched. O Lord, you share Your Spirit with us to transform us into Your sons and daughters, and forgive us our sins and share in the relationship You have with Your Father. Give us the grace today to recognize the great gift Baptism is for us. That we too are the beloved of Our Father. Help us to live always in that grace each day with an awareness of the gift You came to share with us.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Saturday, Jan. 8

God hears whatever we ask

O God, our heavenly Father, You have assured us in the passage from St. John’s First Letter that we have the confidence to ask anything according to Your will, that You will hear us.

Grant is the grace today that we may ask for only for those things that are in accord with your will. So often we can be so blinded by our own desires, wants and outcomes, we fail to seek and desire Your will. We know You know what is best for us and will sometimes surprise us with outcomes that are better for us than we realize at the time. Grant us to seek and know Your will for us.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Friday, Jan. 7

Testimonies of the Spirit, Blood and Water.

Oh, God, Heavenly Father, Your Son Jesus Christ has given us the testimony of water at His Baptism and the blood from His side on the Cross and sending us the Holy Spirit. Grant us the insight to recognize these signs of who He is for us. Born in a manger yet come among us as our Savior. His Spirit given to us in the sacraments , helps us understand His Divine Mission – our salvation . The Spirit opens our eyes and makes our faith come alive and overcome any doubts. He is the one who brings us to know and love Him as our Savior. We ask the Spirit to allow us to live for Christ. We ask this grace today.

Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Thursday, Jan. 6

Decide to do what is good and right today

Lord our God, we praise and thank you for another day. As we begin our work today, grant us the grace to do it with extra effort, not just as workers, but as Christian workers. Remind us also of our baptismal consecration. That, like the Lord Jesus in the gospel today, we may also be able to say, “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”

Grant all these in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

St. Andre Bessette, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Wednesday, Jan. 5

Be Not Afraid

Father, our protector and guide, we ask you to come to our rescue in this world full trouble and problems. Our journey here on earth is likened to a journey on the sea. Remind us of our allegiance and dependence on you, not on the boat or anyone else but you, God. May we also help each other carry each other’s burden. With you as our Captain of the ship, we are confident that even the sea and the wind will listen and obey you. May we, as your children, listen and call on you, and follow you every day. 
   
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. John Neumann, pray for us. 

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, Jan. 4

Don’t Underestimate Love

God of Love, no one can do miracles unless you are with the person. We would always fall short in our compassion and generosity without your help and assistance. Fill our hearts with your Compassion and Love. Move our hearts with love to help our brothers and sisters who are in dire need. Increase our love and concern for one another so that no one will be left behind empty handed. We ask this through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, Who Is Love. Amen. 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, Jan 3

Start your undertakings today with God

Father, you come to us every day. But sometimes because of our busyness about many things, we fail to recognize you and thank you. As the Lord Jesus starts His ministry today, me we also start this new day with so much gratefulness and trust in your providence. Protect us from every evil and from doing evil against you and against one another. Grant us the heart that constantly changes for the better so that we can truly be called your children. Grant us the grace to imitate the Lord Jesus today.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, Jan. 2

Jesus, the Face of God?

Father, we thank for showing your very self to in the Person of Jesus, Your Son. Thank you for the gift of faith. For without faith, we won’t be able to see your splendor and glory in Jesus. As we celebrate your Epiphany today, like the three wise men and others in their company who journeyed from far away just to see you, we would like to offer our very self to you as the first and best fruit of your love. We would like also to offer you our plans and good words this New Year. Purify and sanctify us and our plans so that they will be truly pleasing in your sight. Grant us the grace and lead us to your Son, who is our Way to you. Like the wise men and others, grant us the strength and courage to change our way for the better, the way that leads to you alone, and not go back to the old way that leads to distraction. Please, help us.

Grant these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Saturday, Jan. 1

Walking with the Blessed Mother Mary

We begin this New Year 2022 by praising you Lord, our God and Loving Father. With so much gratitude, we express our thanks to You, Father, for this New Year. You are indeed so concerned about us, your children. as we start to unfold another page of our faith-journey together. You gave to us, Mary, the Mother of your Only Begotten Son, to be our guide and companion on this journey. It is indeed so comforting and assuring to have not just someone with us, but the dearest Mother, as companion and guide to every step we will make this New Year.

As we celebrate today, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, may we be able to follow her every footstep toward your Son more closely this New Year. With so much faith, hope and charity, and You as our God, we are ready and excited to begin this New Year. We can surely make this new journey a meaningful and fruitful one. Please sustain us with your presence and grace.

We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, intercede and pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM