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Daily Prayer

Thursday, Jan. 26

Loving God, there are so many people whose lives are filled with brokenness, trauma, or heartache. May those who are suffering find hope, healing, and comfort in their time of need. Help me to find ways to support the programs that can best serve these individuals with compassion and respect.

Amen.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Almighty God, today the Church recalls the conversion of Saint Paul. His dramatic encounter on his way to Damascus blinded him and caused him to fall to the ground. When major events in our lives challenge us, help us to pause, listen, and reflect. Help us to gain insight from these events, and may they always lead us back to you.

Amen.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Lord, the Church celebrates the life of Saint Francis de Sales today. Renowned for his patience and gentleness, his homilies were often brief and without fanfare. He wisely wrote, “only the language of the heart can reach another heart.” This day, let me strive to speak and listen with my heart.

Amen.

Monday, Jan. 23

Loving Creator, thank you for the gift of life. Watch over all expectant parents as they await the birth of their child. May every child find love and affection as they find their way in the world.

Amen.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Lord Jesus, today’s gospel tells of your calling Simon Peter and his brother Andrew to follow you. They left their boat and fishing nets and became your disciples. Renew your call to each of us; speak to our hearts so that we, too, may be courageous enough to live out your command to love one another. Help us be generous enough to forgive one another as you have shown us by example. Guide us to make our home, our community, and our world more loving, more forgiving, and more just.

Amen.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Lord, there is beauty in the starkness of winter. When I pause to look at a seemingly barren tree or shrub, I am surprised to see the buds on every branch, waiting for the proper time to open and bloom. You have given each of us gifts that have yet to awaken and bloom. Nurture us as you do the trees and shrubs, so that in time, our gifts may mature and be shared with others.

Amen.

Friday, Jan. 20

Lord, when you called your disciples to follow you, you chose ordinary, imperfect people. These men and women, from Peter to Mary Magdalen, were a lot like us. We strive to follow you and your commandments to love one another, but often we fail. Forgive us our shortcomings and short-sightedness, and lift us back up. Help us this day to be faithful to you.

Amen.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Loving God, winter days can be harsh and unforgiving. Let me be mindful of those who find themselves outside because of homelessness or other reasons. Guide them to find the help they need to find warmth, comfort, and shelter from the cold. Bless all those who endeavor to help those who have no protection from the elements.

Amen.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Lord Jesus, the gospels tell numerous stories of your healing those who seek you out in faith. Each of us, too, seek healing from you. Heal us of our brokenness, our doubts, our worries; help us grow in your gifts of faith, hope, and love. By our words and actions, help us bring healing to those around us.

Amen.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Loving God, life brings many unexpected twists and turns: the death of a friend or loved one, a new job or relationship, the diagnosis of an illness. In large and small ways, such events can create a sense of insecurity, fear, or uncertainty. Be with us when we are faced with the unexpected; give us the reassurance that new insights, personal growth, and greater faith can come our way. Help us to find the good in every situation.

Amen.

Monday, Jan. 16

Lord, each morning as I sit at the table eating my breakfast, I watch my neighborhood through the window. Some people are walking their dogs; others are getting into their cars to go to work; energetic individuals are jogging or cycling by; parents are walking their children to school. Bless all of us as we begin this new day; help each one of us find moments of joy today that we can share with one another.

Amen.

Sunday, Jan. 15

Almighty God, recent weeks have shown the dramatic power of nature in storms, atmospheric rivers, tornadoes and more. Many have suffered as a result of this severe weather. Give comfort to those who have been impacted by these events, and inspire us to support those people and organizations who are on the front lines, courageously responding to those in need.

Amen.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Lord, thank you for the countless ways you touch our lives. Thank you for the unexpected gifts that I receive from those around me, whether it be a simple gesture of kindness or the willingness of a friend to offer a listening and compassionate ear. Help me to be your instrument to offer an act of kindness or generosity to those I encounter this day.

Amen.

Friday, Jan. 13

Dear Lord, some days can be overwhelming: there are too many tasks, too many errands, too many demands or expectations. At moments like these, please help me to pause and take a deep breath. Let me step back and put things in perspective; remind me that I can prioritize what I can do in the time I have, and that I can reach out to others for help.

Amen.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Dear Lord, some days can be overwhelming: there are too many tasks, too many errands, too many demands or expectations. At moments like these, please help me to pause and take a deep breath. Let me step back and put things in perspective; remind me that I can prioritize what I can do in the time I have, and that I can reach out to others for help.

Amen.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Lord, when I was younger I didn’t concern myself too much about the future; I acted as if I were invincible. As the years wore on, I learned that I was far from being invincible or invulnerable. Where I stand now, I am past the halfway point of my life. I’ve learned much over the years, perhaps most importantly, that life is precious, that every day is a gift from you. Help me embrace this day with gratitude, generosity, and hope.

Amen.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Almighty God, winter in this corner of the Pacific Northwest can be a series of cold and gray days filled with seemingly endless rain. I understand the rain is what renews our fertile farmlands and gives bountiful crops, as well as the beautiful verdant landscape throughout the spring and summer; nevertheless, there are times the dreariness of this season takes its toll on my attitude and spirit. Please help me see and experience the warmth and light of your love this day; help me recognize the beauty all around me that I often take for granted.

Amen.

Monday, Jan. 9

Loving God, today the Church marks the day that John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. St. Matthew writes that a voice came from the heavens and said, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” Help each one of us to be faithful sons and daughters, mindful of the teachings of Jesus as we go through this day. May we, too, be well pleasing to you.

Amen.

Sunday, Jan. 8

Lord God, today the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated in churches and homes around the world, when the magi from the east brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to honor the newborn child Jesus. In many cultures, this is the day of giving gifts to one another. Let me offer gifts to Jesus that are shown in what I say and do in all my interactions with others today.

Amen.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Lord Jesus, today’s Gospel reading tells of the beginning of your ministry with your first miracle at Cana. What I love about this event is that it was Mary, your mother, who called your attention to the awkward situation of running out of wine at the wedding celebration. It was not a matter of life or death, but Mary saw that you could help prevent an embarrassing situation for the hosts. Your generous response shows me that I, too, am called to respond generously in both great and small matters. Through Mary’s example and through her intercession on our behalf, may each of us follow your example and strive to make a positive difference for those around us.

Amen.

Friday, Jan. 6

Lord, these early days of January call to mind not only the beginning of a new year, but also the possibility of new beginnings in other aspects of life. Please help me discover (or rediscover) how I can be a faithful disciple and a daily witness to the love and grace you offer each one of us.

Amen.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Lord Jesus, in today’s reading from the First Letter of John, he reflects on your teaching that we are called to love one another: If we have the resources and we see others in need and refuse to show them compassion, how can God’s love remain in us? Let us love not in word or speech, but through our actions. Lord, move our hearts to truly find ways to show compassion and love in what we do, not merely in what we say.

Amen.

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Loving God, on this feast day of Saint Ann Seton, we give thanks for the inspirational example she gave in her life, especially the education and care for the children of the poor; she also founded the Sisters of Charity, the first American congregation of religious sisters. Not all of us can accomplish such achievements, but I know that I can support the good works of those who do. Through my prayers or through what I am able to give, help me find a way to support the good works of others this day.

Amen.

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Lord Jesus, as we continue to celebrate the Christmas season, I thank you for your enduring presence among us. Open my eyes today to show me the opportunities where I can show my love for others, where I can help someone in need, where I can be more forgiving, and where I can work to make my corner of the world a better place.

Amen.

Monday, Jan. 2

Almighty God, thank you for the gift of a new year. While there are countless challenges that we will face in the days and weeks ahead, we know that you are with us each step of the way. Help us to not be overwhelmed, no matter what comes our way. Help us also to see the joys and blessings that await us each day; let us see the goodness that surrounds us.

Amen.

Sunday, Jan. 1

Loving God, on this first day of the new year, we celebrate Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The Gospel reading tells of the shepherds being the first to honor Jesus in the manger. The humble birth of your son, and the humble shepherds, show us that our Savior has come for each and every one of us. As this new year begins, open our hearts and our eyes to recognize your divine presence in all those around us.

Amen.

Saturday, Dec. 31

Eternal God, as a new year approaches, we give you thanks for the blessings of this past year. As with every year, there have been moments of joy, good news, new life, and growth. There have also been times of sorrow, loss, hurt, and sadness. Help us to embrace the good, and help us to heal from our sorrows; grant us insight and wisdom from all we have lived through.

Amen.

Friday, Dec. 30

God our Father, today the church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. The Gospel tells of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt to ensure the safety of their newborn son. Help us remember that, like the Holy Family, countless people today flee for their safety. Help us–as individuals and as a country–find ways to welcome those who seek safety among us.

Amen.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Loving God, on this fifth day of Christmas the Gospel reading tells of the presentation of the child Jesus at the temple, according to the law of Moses. The devout man Simeon recognized the child as your anointed one, who would bring salvation to the world. Open my eyes and my heart this day, that I, too, may recognize the light of Jesus in others.

Amen.

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Almighty God, on this feast of the Holy Innocents, we weep for all children who have died, and for mothers and fathers and family members and friends who grieve for their children. Comfort them all in their time of loss; reassure them that their loved ones are with you, and that one day we may all share in eternal life with you and all our dearly departed loved ones.



Amen.

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Lord Jesus, today is the feast day Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist, the disciple you loved and to whom you entrusted the care of your mother as you were dying on the cross. Your beloved disciple wrote at length about your command that we should love one another. Help us, Lord, to live up to your command. Help us to reach out with love and compassion, especially when we would prefer to walk away. Help us to say and do what is right and good in every situation we encounter this day.

Amen.

Monday, Dec. 26

Loving God, on this second day of Christmas the church celebrates the feast of Saint Stephen, the first martyr. As Stephen proclaimed the faith, he paid the ultimate price when he was stoned to death. Grant us the integrity to live and love as you have taught us; grant us the courage to work for justice and peace.

Amen.

Sunday, Dec. 25

Lord Jesus, you were born in the humblest of circumstances: instead of in a palace, Mary gave birth in an innkeeper’s stable. And yet, people of faith around the world celebrate your birth. Thank you for choosing to come among us; thank you for living as we live, for understanding our joys and struggles as one of us. Thank you for the good news you brought us, the example you set for each one of us to live honestly and generously. Thank you for the gift of forgiveness and reconciliation. This day, help us to recommit ourselves to your commandment to love one another as you have loved us.

Amen.

Saturday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Prayer

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who lived in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing.” Isaiah 9:1-2a

Almighty God, there is much gloom throughout our world–almost all of which is of the result of the failings of humanity. We are faced with wars and injustice, the destruction of the environment, and more. It is no wonder that we sometimes feel that we are walking in the land of darkness. And yet, as we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus tomorrow, we can see a great light, a promise of a better tomorrow. Help us embrace the challenge to make our world a better place by living as faithful disciples of Jesus; help us reflect the light of his compassion, his generosity, and his love and care for those in need.

Amen.

Friday, Dec. 23

“O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come save us, Lord our God!”

Lord God, I love your title “Emmanuel;” in Hebrew it means “God is with us.” In the ups and downs of my day, in the moments of joy and sorrow, you are always with us. When I feel overwhelmed, remind me that you are Emmanuel. Amen.

The “O” antiphons have been used in the Roman Catholic Church since at least the eighth century, drawing on passages from the Old Testament that express hope for the long-awaited Messiah. These antiphons are traditionally used with the recitation of the Magnificat Canticle (Luke 1:46–55) each evening from December 17 to December 23.

Thursday, Dec. 22

“O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save humanity, whom you formed from the dust!”

Loving Creator, you have given humanity stewardship of the world. We have often–and continue to–fail at living up to our responsibilities. Guide our leaders to work tirelessly to save your creation. Guide my heart to do what I can do with the resources I have. Help all of us to make the world a better place in the small and great actions we do each day. Amen.

The “O” antiphons have been used in the Roman Catholic Church since at least the eighth century, drawing on passages from the Old Testament that express hope for the long-awaited Messiah. These antiphons are traditionally used with the recitation of the Magnificat Canticle (Luke 1:46–55) each evening from December 17 to December 23.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.”

Lord God, as winter begins, the sun will set a little later, day by day. As we anticipate the celebration of the birth of our savior, grant us the gift of bringing light to those around us, through our words, our compassion, our generosity, and our love. Amen.

The “O” antiphons have been used in the Roman Catholic Church since at least the eighth century, drawing on passages from the Old Testament that express hope for the long-awaited Messiah. These antiphons are traditionally used with the recitation of the Magnificat Canticle (Luke 1:46–55) each evening from December 17 to December 23.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

“O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness!”

Loving God, December days are short and the nights are long; at times the darkness affects our outlook and our relationships with one another. When we are faced with a darkness that overwhelms us, fill our hearts and our minds with the light of hope and the promise of joy. Amen.

The “O” antiphons have been used in the Roman Catholic Church since at least the eighth century, drawing on passages from the Old Testament that express hope for the long-awaited Messiah. These antiphons are traditionally used with the recitation of the Magnificat Canticle (Luke 1:46–55) each evening from December 17 to December 23.

Monday, Dec. 19

“O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all people: come save us without delay!”

Lord Jesus, as Saint Matthew traced your lineage from Abraham to Jesse (the father of King David) and all the way down to Joseph, we too have saints and sinners in our families. We are grateful for the unseen ways that our ancestors sacrificed to give their children a good life. Help us also to be grateful for the good traits and gifts that we have inherited from those who have come before us. Lead us to make the right choices in life to create a good and positive legacy to those who will come after us. Amen. 

The “O” antiphons have been used in the Roman Catholic Church since at least the eighth century, drawing on passages from the Old Testament that express hope for the long-awaited Messiah. These antiphons are traditionally used with the recitation of the Magnificat Canticle (Luke 1:46–55) each evening from December 17 to December 23.

Sunday, Dec. 18

“O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come rescue us with your mighty power!”

All-powerful God, hear our prayer when we call to you, especially when we are troubled by the world around us. Help us to not fear the unknown or the uncertainty in our lives, and reassure us that you are with us always. Amen.

The “O” antiphons have been used in the Roman Catholic Church since at least the eighth century, drawing on passages from the Old Testament that express hope for the long-awaited Messiah. These antiphons are traditionally used with the recitation of the Magnificat Canticle (Luke 1:46–55) each evening from December 17 to December 23.

Saturday, Dec. 17

“O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come teach us the path of knowledge!”

God of wisdom, give us the desire to always learn more, to gain insight and perspective. Help each one of us to grow into the person you have created us to be. Amen.

The “O” antiphons have been used in the Roman Catholic Church since at least the eighth century, drawing on passages from the Old Testament that express hope for the long-awaited Messiah. These antiphons are traditionally used with the recitation of the Magnificat Canticle (Luke 1:46–55) each evening from December 17 to December 23.

Friday, Dec. 16

Loving Creator, in today’s reading from the prophet Isaiah, you call each of us to observe what is right and to do what is just. Help me make better choices today; help me to reconcile with those I may have offended. Lead me to recognize the innate goodness in the people I encounter this day. Amen.

Thursday, Dec. 15

Lord Jesus, as we celebrate this season of Advent, we are reminded that you came into the world to bring us salvation. You are the light we seek when we encounter darkness; you are our hope when uncertainty overwhelms us; you are the love that touches our heart that helps us reach out to those around us. May we live this day with your light, your hope, and your love surrounding us. Amen.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Almighty God, in the book of Isaiah it is written: “Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let it drop down.” Help each one of us to make these words a reality. In our less-than-perfect lives, help us to always seek what is right and good; help us work to stand up for those who are mistreated and oppressed; help us, through big and small acts of kindness and generosity, make the world a better place for everyone. Amen.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Lord Jesus, you gave us a parable of the man who had two sons. He asked the older son to work in the vineyard; the son said he would, but he never went. The man made the same request to his younger son, who said he would not go, but later regretted it and went to work in the vineyard. Guide us, O Lord, to be true to what you ask of us by both our words and actions. Amen.

Monday, Dec. 12

Loving God, on this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we give you thanks for the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. We are inspired by her unwavering faith and trust in you. We are deeply moved by her courage and commitment to stand by Jesus as he approached his crucifixion and death. Teach us to follow her example of compassion and faithfulness; help us to have greater trust in you when difficulties come our way. Amen.

Sunday, Dec. 11

As we start this Third Week of Advent, we thank you, God, for the message of the Prophet Isiah, a message filled with great joy and gladness. God, may we rejoice and bloom; may we all sing a joyful song, for we shall soon witness the birth of our Lord, Jesus. Father, thank you for the happiness Advent brings. As with so much we are given, Lord, we delight in the anticipation of the gift of your Son. We pray that everyone will share in that delight throughout this holy season. In your Holy Name we pray, Amen.

Saturday, Dec. 10

We thank you, God, for the beautiful Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, our beloved Grotto. We rejoice that Mary’s Sanctuary brings together people from many different communities to worship You, many of whom migrated to America from countries torn with poverty and conflict. Open our hearts and minds, Lord, that we may embrace those new to our country, and welcome them to our parishes and communities, and especially those who seek You at The Grotto, where we welcome everyone, from everywhere, in the name of your most holy mother, Mary. As always, we pray in Jesus name, Amen.

Friday, Dec. 9

Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, who was visited by the Virgin Mary 491 years ago, we ask your intersession, that the Lord will give us the confidence and strength to proudly share our faith with others. Help us to set an example for others, that through our words and actions, others, too, will share the Good News of God’s love for all of us. And let us, like you, dear Saint, trust in the Blessed Mother, and encourage others to seek her intersession of time of sorrow and concern, for she is the loving Mother of us all. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Gracious God,

Guide me today that I may make meaningful preparations to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Help me not get caught up in superficial and commercial attempts to make the coming feast about me. Instead, may I celebrate you, and all that you are in these coming days.

Amen.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11: 28-29

Lord, there are times in our lives when our burdens feel like they are more than we can bear. We all too often fail to recall the words of your Beloved Son who invited us to find true rest in him. We pray O Lord that through your endless mercy and love we may cast off the yoke of sin and indifference, and instead assume the yoke that is the gentle mastery of Christ.

Amen.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Jesus our Shepherd,

You call us to you by name and you know what is our written in our hearts. Gather us to you as a shepherd gathers his sheep. Help us to recognize your voice so that we may come to know you and follow you faithfully. We pray that you seek out all of your lost sheep and bring them home so that they may be healed of their wounds. Finally Lord, we thank you for laying down your life for your sheep.

Amen.

Monday, Dec. 5

Several times Jesus healed those who were sick and paralyzed while assuring them that their faith had aided in their healing. Too often we are paralyzed and made sick by fear, sin, and lack of compassion. You know the secrets that we hold in our hearts. Jesus showed that he could heal by the power of his word. We humbly ask that you strengthen our faith, and that in our moments of greatest need, you allow us to feel your healing touch and to respond to your word.

Amen.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Merciful God,

In today’s gospel, John the Baptist calls us to repentance. To repent requires a radical change of one’s spirit, mind, thought, and most importantly heart. Our faith is accompanied by repentance, and requires us to re-orient our entire life toward you. We humbly pray that you will give us the grace to understand the importance of repentance and to also realize that your endless mercy is an expression of your love for us.

Amen.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Lord, when you looked to the crowds of people following you, eager to listen to your words, you turned to your disciples and said, “The harvest is ready, but the laborers are scarce. Ask the harvest master to send laborers to gather his harvest.” You call each one of us, according to our abilities, to work in your harvest. Plant the seeds of good will, kindness, faith, and grace within each one of us. Throughout this day and every day, may we bring these gifts to harvest in our lives. Amen.

Friday, Dec. 2

God our creator, today’s reading from Isaiah speaks of a day when the blind shall see; in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus heals two who approached him with faith. Physical blindness may be a difficult burden, but contrary to ancient thinking, it implies no sinfulness. Spiritual blindness, on the other hand, is the inability to see the injustices around us, the unwillingness to see those in need around us, or even the inability to recognize our own shortcomings. Open our eyes, O Lord, that we may see the countless ways that we can help one another; open our hearts to respond as generously as we are able. Amen.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Lord Jesus, in today’s gospel you challenge us to put your words into action. Help me to be mindful today of your words about forgiveness, compassion, and generosity. Guide me throughout this day to act and speak with a forgiving, compassionate, and generous heart. Amen.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Lord Jesus, as the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, I am reminded how quickly and spontaneously Andrew and his brother Simon responded to your invitation to follow you. Leaps of faith are often challenging, especially since we do not know where they will lead. Grant me the courage to make leaps of faith, especially when I have the opportunity to help someone in need. Amen.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Loving God, the prophet Isaiah wrote that “a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” This family tree from the remnants of the scattered tribes of Israel brought forth Jesus. In spite of the brokenness and woundedness of the descendants, a Savior was born for us. During this season of Advent, help each of us, wounded and broken as we are, to find ways to bring new life and goodness into our world. Help us to continue the work of Jesus, our promised Messiah

Amen.

Monday, Nov. 28

Almighty God, today’s Gospel tells of the Roman centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. When Jesus offered to come and cure him, the centurion said “I am not worthy to have you under my roof; give the order and my servant will get better.” Give us the faith of the centurion; help us to trust that you will heal our hearts this day.

Amen.

Sunday, Nov. 27

First Sunday in Advent

Loving God, today as we celebrate the first day of the season of Advent, I light the first candle of the Advent wreath. Let this candle be a reminder that this is a season of hope and a promise of salvation. As a single candle lights up the darkness around me, let my words and actions today reflect your light and your love. May my words be of kindness and compassion; may my actions be generous and selfless. Guide me as this journey through Advent begins.

Amen.

Saturday, Nov. 26

On this Thanksgiving weekend, God, we ask that you watch over the millions of travelers who have joined with family and friends to count their blessings and give you thanks. Protect the students and military members who, many away from home for the first time, may travel far to return to their schools and bases as Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end. As we shop for Christmas gifts, keep us mindful to set aside money to care for those most in need, and to remember that the purpose of the season is Jesus, whose coming we eagerly and happily await. In your Holy Name we pray. Amen.

Friday, Nov. 25

As the sanctuary opens The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights today, we thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to bring the whole community together in a joyous way, to celebrate the coming birth of your Son, Jesus. The Festival of Lights reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world, and that His light shines upon all of us equally. Give us the courage, God, to openly embrace one another, to greet each other with genuinely cheerful hearts. Bless this festival, and all who join in this celebration of the Savior’s birth.

Amen.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Day

Oh, my merciful God, I come before you today, on Thanksgiving Day, and ask you for the grace to develop in me an attitude of gratitude, and to praise you for your kindness in opening my heart to have a concern for others, and to share the gifts you have given me. I thank you for the revolving seasons, and the abundant blessings and prosperity I have experienced in my life.

On this day I am reminded of your many blessings, so please continue to protect my country from all harm. You have given me so many blessings throughout my life and the plentiful blessings of your church as well. In gratitude, please continue to bless me and my nation with peace, liberty, and safety. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Oh, Faithful God, to those who are faithful you promise the crown of eternal life. Give me the grace today, no matter the difficulties in my life, to keep my eyes on the prize of eternal life. The Scripture today reminds me that life can be hard, and I may face persecution, but your Holy Spirit will be with me to give me the wisdom in speaking so my enemies will be powerless to refute me and by my perseverance I will secure my life. Give me the perseverance needed to remain faithful throughout my life. Give me the determination that was given to the martyrs celebrated in the Mass today. I ask this through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Do Not Be Afraid 

All Powerful God, today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Cecilia, a martyr in the early Roman Church. Give me the grace today to not be afraid of what is to come. Our Gospel for today gives us a dire warning of things to come, but also assures me that by my perseverance I will secure my life. Give me the grace today, Lord, to trust that my life rests in your hands, and for the ability to offer you thanks in prayer and humility for the patient endurance needed to be constantly be aware of your care.

Keep me aware that my life is always in your hands, and you are always with me to meet all that comes to pass. I ask in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Monday, Nov. 21

Presentation of Mary in the Temple

Oh, creative God, you always prepare those who you select for the special work of salivation so that one is prepared for the mission you have for them. Mary too was chosen and prepared to be the mother of Jesus. But you also prepare all of us for the role we are to play in the history of salvation in our life, to bring about the Kingdom of God. Give me the grace to give me the tools I will need to fulfill the call you chose for me to play in the coming of Your Kingdom. Give me the ability to work for all I can be for the sake of the Kingdom, for myself and others. I ask this in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Feast of Christ the King

Oh, God the Father, You have sent your Son Jesus among us to bring us eternal life and save us from ourselves. Jesus came to teach me how to love myself and those around me, as well as my enemies. Give me the grace today to honor Jesus as my King. Jesus came to teach me how to change my heart and mind by His gift of compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and love by dying on the cross for my salvation. Allow me to pray from the depths of my heart the words of the good thief as You hung on the cross “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Amen.

Saturday, Nov. 19

The Courage to Give Witness

Oh, generous and steadfast God, give me the grace and courage today to do one thing to bring your truth and love into our world, torn apart by strife and division. Let me start by making peace where I find discord in my relationships within my family, the ones who gave and nurtured my life both physical and spiritual, with my neighbors, and with those I work with. Allow me to live out my faith and share Your love with others. Remind me to do one small thing to bring Your love and truth into the part of the world where I live. I ask this in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Friday, Nov. 18

Remaining a House of Prayer

Oh, gracious God, today’s Gospel tells of Jesus’ just anger toward the buyers and sellers in the temple. Give me the grace today to keep my mind and heart as a temple of prayer, not distracted by so many other concerns that lead me away from you. Today I celebrate the memorial of St. Marie Rose Philippine Duchesne. The Potawatomi tribe that she came to minister called her in their language “the woman who prays always.” May your grace give me the courage to also be dedicated to the prayer of the heart amidst the daily chores and work of my day. I ask this in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Loving God,

You have given each of us unique and special talents and gifts. Teach us to use our gifts well in order to grow deeper in our relationship with you, and to love our neighbors more deeply as well. Through the example of your beloved Son, help us to always act with charity and love towards our underserved brothers and sisters. Be with us always, we humbly pray, so that we may love more deeply in this life.

Amen.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Gracious God,

Thank you for the gift of today. Invite me to see your presence in every person I meet today, and in every event that I experience. Teach me when to speak and when to listen. When to contemplate and when to tell. Teach me to rejoice when things go well, and to see the possibilities when things become difficult. Most of all, let my living today reveal your goodness.

Amen.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Lord,

Let nothing separate me from you today. Help me to keep you foremost in my thoughts as I go about my work and daily routine. Knowing that you walk beside me in all that I do gives me the courage to live authentically with love towards those around me. Finally, O Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to rest in the knowledge of your unending love.

Amen.

Monday, Nov. 14

“Be praised my Lord through all your creatures.” –  St. Francis of Assisi, Canticle of the Sun

Gracious God,

Your grandeur is reflected in the abundant natural beauty of our world. If we pay close attention, we can see that your love for us is manifest throughout all of creation. Help us to always appreciate the beauty that is around us. Let us not forget and forsake this Earth that you have created for us. Grant us the wisdom to care for this our temporal home, and to protect it as you protect us.

Amen.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Open my heart, O Lord; give me a nudge to be more generous–with my time, with my resources, with my gifts. Let me be more attentive to those around me; lead me to step up when I see a need where my help would be welcome. Remind me that sometimes all that someone needs is a listening ear and an understanding heart.

Amen.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Lord Jesus, I ask for the gift of persistence: persistence in the face of challenges, in the face of loss, in the face of doubt. When I start to feel overwhelmed, grant me the strength to carry on, one moment at a time; never let me forget that you walk with me. With your help I can be a little braver, a little stronger, a little more confident. Jesus, I trust in you.

Amen.

Friday, Nov. 11

Almighty God, we give thanks this day for all veterans who have served in the cause of peace and justice. For those who have endured conflict, many bear unseen wounds and trauma. Bring them comfort and healing in their hearts and bodies; give support to their families and loved ones who may be impacted by their suffering. Guide us, O God, as we strive to build a world of justice and peace.

Amen.

Thursday, Nov. 10

God our Father, you are kind and merciful. You are a God who shows no partiality ,for we are all dear to you and equal in your eyes. May we all, your children, see our worth and dignity as your beloved children. Help us all to see this truth of our true identity so as to end our cruelty toward one another. Make us rather be loving, forgiving, understanding and patient to one another. Unite us in you love. All this we ask in Jesus Name. Amen.

St. Leo the Great, pray for us.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Father, as we begin this day, send forth your Holy Spirit to be our guide. Lead us to what is good, right and holy. Be our light in moments of temptation so that we can identify what is right from wrong, what is evil from good, and choose the right, true and the good for your glory and for our salvation. In you, we trust. Grant all this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

God our Father, grant us temperance and self control today for the sake of the greater good. May we be able to avoid what is wrong and harmful to us and others. Help us, rather, seek and pursue what is noble, good and holy in your sight. Make us grateful and thankful for what we have, beginning with the small things. We ask this through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.

St. Paul Ngan, pray for us.

Monday, Nov. 7

Loving father, preserve each of us today from all evil and danger. Protect our family members and friends. Keep them always in your watchful care. Increase our faith hope and love and make all our efforts today be pleasing to you. Grant us strength and courage to put them into action. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Lord God, we surrender to you our worries today. Answer them Lord, not according to our terms, but according to yours. Rather, grant us perseverance to constantly call on to you and rely on you. Grant us patience in moments of hardships and difficulties for you are our Hope. Have pity on us, your children. All these we ask of you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Leonard of Noblac, pray for us.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Lord God, fill our hearts and minds today with your Peace and Joy. In our world that is full of uncertainties, pain, strife and hatred, you are our enduring hope. Console us in moments of pain and sadness. Be our consoler and protector. Transform our sadness and distress into your joy and peace. Stay with us today. Please embrace us. We ask all these prayers in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

St. Spinulus, pray for us.

Friday, Nov. 4

Lord, make us good stewards of your manifold graces bestowed upon each of us today. In particular, make us grateful for your gift of life. May we defend human life from conception to natural death. May we realize how precious and sacred life is. Grant us rather the ability to live our life each day not to serve our needs only but at the service of you and our brothers and sisters in love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Charles Borromeo, bishop, pray for us.

Thursday, Nov. 3

Lord Jesus, the life of Saint Martin de Porres is powerful and inspiring. Born of a Spanish father and a mother who was a former slave, Martin faced challenges throughout his life. In spite of this, Martin served as an apprentice to a doctor before he had turned thirteen. He eventually became a Dominican brother, where he continued to treat the sick and the injured. He helped to found an orphanage and cared for all who came to him in need.

While we may not be able to achieve all that Martin accomplished in his life, may we strive to be more aware of those around us who are hurting or in need. Guide us to respond as generously as we can with love, sensitivity, and kindness.

Amen.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Loving God, this day is set aside to remember those who have gone before us. For those we have loved and those who have played an important role in our lives, we give you thanks. For those who may have hurt us or harmed others, we entrust them to your judgement and ask that you may bring us healing and the ability to move forward. Grant eternal rest to all who have died; heal them, too, and bring us all one day home to you.

Amen.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Lord, thank you for the example that the lives of the saints have given throughout the ages. At first glance their lives appear unachievable and impossible to imitate; nevertheless, I can still learn something from them. Help me to strive to follow you faithfully as the saints have; guide me to a greater generosity with my time, my resources, and my abilities; grant me a little more courage to reach out to those in need. I may not be a saint yet, Lord, but teach me how to do a saintly act each day.

Amen.

Monday, Oct. 31

O God, thank you for creating me just as I am. Thank you for the gifts you have given me. May my strengths be used to help those with whom I live and work; may my weaknesses and shortcomings teach me compassion and humility. Help me to remember that the uniqueness of each one of us is truly a gift from you. Give me the strength to always be true to myself; help me to listen to you on my path through life so that I may one day find my way home to you.

Amen.

Sunday, Oct. 30

Loving God, we often take your gifts for granted. This day, let us be mindful of some of the many things we are grateful for: our life, our friends and family, the beauty of nature outside our door, the changing seasons, the pets that give us companionship, the music that touches our lives, for words and actions that encourage and inspire us to make the world around us a little better. Thank you, Lord, for all that you give us this day.

Amen.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Lord, life brings unexpected changes – some wonderful, some challenging. Whatever comes my way this day, help sUme to remember that I do not have to face it alone, for you are with me. Help me to not fear the changes; help me find the good; help me to see the changes as an opportunity to learn, to grow, to become a better person.

Amen.

Friday, Oct. 28

Lord Jesus, thank you for my family. Not one of us is perfect; each one us has good qualities and not-so-good characteristics as well. And yet: when one of us in need, when one of us is facing hard times such as illness or a challenging relationship, family members respond with support, kind words, and prayer for the one in need. Bless each one of us this day; remind us how our simple gestures can help support or heal a family member, a friend, or someone with whom we work.

Amen.

Thursday, Oct. 27

The Grace of Perseverance 

Oh, my gracious God, allow me the grace to stand firm in opposition to the temptations in my life. To stand guard against the wickedness of the devil who tells us we have all the time in the world to be converted, and to have a change of heart and to realize my time is now. You have given me the tools to persevere in holiness through the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, Eucharist, and my desire to love, honor and obey You. As St. Augustine has said, “our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” I ask this in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Do the Will of the Lord from the Heart

Oh, generous God, You have made us out of love and given us a free will to love you in return. Give me the grace today as Your loving son to be loving with my whole heart, by forgiving others as You have forgiven me. I only ask to be able to behave as Your true creation. Give me the strength of character to act accordingly in my everyday interactions with respect, compassion, forgiveness, and mercy as Your faithful follower. And to forgive others as You have forgiven me, and show the mercy You have shown to me. I need to think twice before responding to others without thinking. I want to act and be Your messenger in a world that can be harsh hearted. I ask this of you and Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Taking on Humility

All powerful God, today the Scripture invites me to behave like His faithful child. Oh, Lord my God, give me the grace today to love You as You love me, and as You wish me to love You. I know full well that I do not love You as I ought but desire that day will come when I shall love You as I ought to. Inflame me with Your grace to make this a real possibility. Give me the humility necessary to love You and others as You love them despite situations and circumstances that are difficult to endure in my relationships that grate against the grain. Let Jesus’ all-encompassing and unconditional love overcome my selfishness that I can show the same to the people around me.

Amen.

Monday, Oct. 24

Oh God, hear my plea for Your Divine mercy and compassion as I recognize my sinfulness. Give me the grace today to come to You, aware of my unworthiness and dependence on You. May I come to the table for Communion with honesty about my relationship with You and have the humility of the tax collector to admit I have a long way to go to walk the way of the cross with Jesus. I ask this through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Sunday, Oct. 23

Be An Imitator of God 

Oh, Lord my God, today’s reading from Ephesians challenges me to be an imitator of You as a dear child; to be kind to one another, compassionate and forgiving, as God is forgiving. Give me the grace today to have that courage to follow Your example by following Your commandments faithfully, and to observe the corporal and spiritual works of mercy that I was taught as a child: to be kind, compassionate, self-sacrificing and forgiving. These are the qualities I desire to imitate. I wish to be as compassionate and forgiving as Jesus is in the Gospels. I desire to do as God does. May the Holy Spirit empower me to follow through with this desire. I ask this through Christ, my Lord.

Amen.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Oh, merciful and generous God, I have an invitation in today’s Gospel to

open my heart to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of humankind. Give me the grace today to recognize the merciful heart of Jesus to return to Him, knowing He is the Good Shepherd looking to offer forgiveness and mercy to all who come to Him to repent for their sins committed. He gives me the time I need to show my sincere desire to return to Him with all my heart, contrite and desiring His mercy and grace, and to be welcomed into His open arms to accept me back through His compassionate forgiveness. I ask this through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Friday, Oct. 21

Called to be one in Christ

Oh God, most generous, You call us to be one in You. Give me the grace today to have a whole heart in following Jesus. The hypocrite is someone is one who is obsessed with self-made holiness who can become so desensitized to sincerity, tenderness, and self-sacrifice. Unity in the Spirit is a gift You have given to each person when You made us part of the body of Christ. I share with others the same Heavenly Father and the same Spirit. I thank You Lord, for bringing me into Your family. Assist me in preserving that unity as I join my brothers and sisters in Your divine Kingdom.

Amen.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Loving God, the psalmist says you heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. Each one of us has experienced a broken heart at some point in our lives, and every one of us has known a loved one, friend, neighbor, or coworker who has been brokenhearted. Today I ask that I may be aware of those who may be brokenhearted. Help me to always be a good listener for those who share their burdens with me.

Amen.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Lord Jesus, the Gospel of St. John shows your mother Mary learning that the wine had run out at a wedding celebration in Cana. This was not a major crisis, other than the potential embarrassment of the wedding hosts. Yet your mother, in her compassion, turned to you for help. You responded by miraculously turning water into wine, and generously providing more than what was needed for the celebration.

Help me, Lord, to be compassionate like Mary, and be aware of the needs of those I encounter today. Like Mary, may I also turn to you for help and guidance on how to generously respond to those in need according to my abilities.

Amen.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Lord, this day I give you thanks for the gift and power of music. The hymns at church, the songs of birds, the music that accompanies me on my phone, the classical or pop music on the radio in the car, the songs in animated movies or from Broadway musicals–all these have the power to touch my soul, give me new insights, bring back forgotten moments of my youth, and inspire me to be a better person. In my heart today, I sing a song of praise and gratitude for this wondrous gift. 

Amen.

Monday, Oct. 17

Lord Jesus, there are times when I feel uncertain about the future, afraid of so many things. Please help me to remember that you are always at my side; remind me that I can do more than I think I can. Grant me the courage to look beyond my fears and insecurities; grant me the confidence to know that when I stumble, you will lift me up and restore my hope and trust in you.

Amen.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Almighty God, thank you for the gift of today. Thank you for the countless things around me that I often take for granted, from the crisp morning air and the autumnal colors of the trees, to the skipping child on his way to school with his mom, or the playful dog stopping to check out every interesting bush or flower she comes upon. These simple gifts remind me of your love; may my words and actions this day remind others of your love for them, too.



Amen.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Lord, life can be overwhelming at times: so many demands are made on our time, so many people or tasks vying for our attention. For this moment right now, help me to be still; help me to breathe more deeply; help me to listen to what you are saying to my heart. For just this moment, let me savor the silence and peacefulness you give me.

Amen.

Friday, Oct. 14

Loving God, there are joys and sorrows surrounding us each day: someone gives birth to a child, another learns of the death of a loved one. There is someone enduring sickness or disease, and another experiencing recovery and healing. Some people are falling in love, and others are facing broken relationships.

Be close to all of us this day; remind us that you are beside us as we experience the good and the bad, the challenges and triumphs that come our way. As you comfort and encourage us in our joys and sorrows, help us to comfort and encourage those around us who are also in need of support.

Amen.

Thursday, Oct. 13

God our Father, make us grateful today. First, for sustaining us in your daily grace. Allow us to praise and adore you Lord in all we do today. Thank you for my family. Thank for sending to me true friends who are there for me in times of trouble and pain. Thank for sending good people to remind me of your presence, accompaniment and assistance. Thank you as well for our enemies and those difficult people to relate or work with. They are but challenges and opportunities to witness your love, patience and understanding. You send them to us to remind us of you, how you face and treated such persons with patience and love. Grant us strength and courage to imitate you in your kindness and patience. All this we ask in Jesus Name. Amen.   

St. Theophilus, pray for us.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Lord our God, listen to the prayers of your children today and answer them according to your holy will. We pray in particular for strength and perseverance in their lives, especially those who suffer physical and mental challenges. Through the prayers and help of St. Peregrine, may you also grant healing to all of us. Strengthen us in our weakness and increate our faith to you. Grant us an enduring patience. In you, we trust. Grant all this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of the Pillar, pray for us. 

Tuesday, Oct. 11

God our Father, today we offer to you all our concerns and worries in life. Purify our minds and hearts so that we may be able to entrust all our plans and actions. Make us attentive to the prompting of your Holy Spirit in our lives and listen to His guidance and advice on what to think, say and do today. Please help strengthen us in our weakness. Make us as channels of your many graces today. We ask this through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.

St. John XXIII, pope, pray for us.

Monday, Oct. 10

Lord God and loving Father, today, we pray for our constant conversion and forgiveness of our sins. In particular, we pray for our brothers and sisters who are in most need of our prayers. For those whose hearts are burdened with hatred or anger; those hearts burdened by selfishness and pride. Touch and soften their hearts and minds. Grant us your humility and true sense of loving concern. Free us from all forms of sins and self-centeredness that enslave us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Sunday, Oct. 9

Lord God, as we begin this new day, we thank and praise you. Today we pray for those who seek the truth and those seeking for the true meaning in their lives. Transform their sadness into joy. Grant them clarity in mind and heart. Transform their confused mind and troubled spirit with your consoling and healing embrace. Free them from the power of the evil one that inflicts and confuse them. All these we ask of you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Denis, bishop, and Companions, martyrs, and St. John Leonardi, priest, pray for us.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Lord God, thank you for this new day and the gift of love and friendship. We pray today for the safety of everyone. In particular, we pray for the safe travel of all, whether by air, sea or land. Send you holy angels to guide and protect them and their journey. May they reach their destination in safety and joy. May they always remember you and thank you for constantly guiding and protecting them from all dangers. We ask all these prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen.

St. Demetrius, pray for us.

Friday, Oct. 7

Loving Father, today, we pray for the peace and harmony in the family all over the world. Grant each member a sense of loving and commitment, ever ready to sacrifice one’s right and freedom when necessary for the sake and greater good of the family. Grant each of us the courage and strength to value our family more than our own desire and happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Thursday, Oct. 6

“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

Father in heaven,

Your children come to you with trust that you will help them and answer all their prayers with your love and kindness. It might not be the things they want or what they’ve asked for, but with confidence, we know that you have prepared something great for all those who put their trust in you. You have prepared them Lord, even before they ask of you. Let their prayers then, come to your presence and we beseech you to listen to them. May you never abandon those who come to you, may you hasten to their help in times of trials. We also pray that you continue to increase their faith with the help of your Holy Spirit. We ask you, through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

“Lord, teach us to pray….”

Lord Jesus, I thank you for teaching your disciples and me to pray the Our Father. Sometimes, this is the only prayer that I could say when I could not find anything else to say and ask you. But I know Lord, you know it all and so this prayer is all You want me to say. I pray that God, the Father will be listening every time I say this prayer, and any other prayers that I say. May God, the Father, answer them according to His love and infinite goodness. This I ask you, Lord Jesus, who live and reign, with God, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

St. Francis of Assisi

God, through Saint Francis of Assisi we have learned to be grateful for your creation because they are our ‘brothers and sisters.’ With all these wonderful creations, our brothers and sisters, may we never stop praising you, for you alone are God who wonderfully created us with different purposes and missions. Through the intercession of Saint Francis, may we be kind to each other, respect the dignity of every created thing, take good care of all your creation and not use them merely for our own benefit.

And with St. Francis we pray:

Make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love with all my soul. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Saint Francis of Assisi, Pray for us.

Monday, Oct. 3

“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Lord Jesus,

You taught me today to remember the main course of your teaching, TO LOVE, God and my neighbor. Have I been carrying this teaching wholeheartedly? Or have I been doing one and abandoning the other? I ask you today, Lord Jesus, to give me the grace that I need to “love God, with all my heart, with all my being, with all my strength, and with all my mind, and to love my neighbors as myself.” The world I live in right now needs many good Samaritans; with your grace, let me be one of them. Allow me to treat my neighbors with mercy. Let me bring your healing power to them that their pain (spiritually, mentally, psychologically, and emotionally) may be healed. Allow me Lord, to be your instrument of healing to many of my neighbors who fall ill to different situations in their lives. This I ask you, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Sunday, Oct. 2

“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord…” (2 Tim. 1:7-8)

Oh faithful God,

We thank you for sending us Your Spirit to strengthen us in our faith journey. We know that the Holy Spirit is always there for us to help us in our struggles and challenges of life. Oftentimes, we are prideful and we walk astray from our mission of spreading the Good News to many people. We are too shameful to proclaim all about you and all that you have done in our lives. We ask for your mercy, Lord, and beseech you to continue to grant us your Spirit that we have the courage to be the witnesses of your love and kindness. May we be able to trust in the help of your Spirit and be able to complete the mission that you have called us to do. We ask this, through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Saturday, Oct. 1

God and His Beautiful Nature

We “give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, for you laid the foundations of the world and have arranged the changing of times and seasons” (Preface V of the Sunday of the Ordinary Time).

As we begin this new season, may we always find you in the beautiful nature that you created. May your presence through all this fascinating creation and through the changing of the season bring hope to us and strengthen our faith and deepen our understanding about you and your love for us. Forgive us if we fail to recognize the beauty of your creation and the uniqueness of each season; forgive us if we forget to be grateful for everything that we experience, see, and feel through all that you have provided for us. Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord, to see you in all your creation. We ask now for your blessing and protection upon all your creation. We ask all this, through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Friday, September 30

Lord Jesus,

Throughout your ministry you reached out to help those around you, especially the people who were sick or hurting, or who had been ostracized or excluded. You called to task those who judged others; you rebuked those who offered their prayers only to be seen. Touch my heart this day, Lord; help me to follow your example and seek not to judge or exclude. Lead me instead to act with greater warmth and compassion, with more humility and generosity.

Amen.

Thursday, September 29

Feast of the Archangels

Oh Lord, my God, we celebrate your Archangels today as your messengers to us in times of trouble. St. Michael, to defend us in battle against Lucifer for our souls, St. Gabriel, as Your messenger to The Virgin Mary to announce to her and her willingness to be the Mother of God, and St. Raphael, a messenger to Tibas, as a guardian and healer. They were always ready to hear God’s message and to do His will. Give me the grace today, Lord, to help me follow their example to be of service to You in all do, and to be Your messenger of the Gospel to those around me by what I say and what I do.

Amen.

Wednesday, September 28

The Demands of Discipleship

Oh Lord, pour out Your Spirit upon me this day to be faithful a generous disciple in spite of the difficulties I encounter. Make me fit for the Kingdom of God by not being distracted by other choices laid before me. As you mention in today’s Gospel, “no one who sets his hands to the plow and looks to what he has left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” Give me the grace this day to be “fit for the Kingdom of God” and not look back once I have set my path. Let me say that I will follow You wherever you go.

Amen.

Tuesday, September 27

The Demands of Discipleship

Oh Lord, pour out Your Spirit upon me this day to be faithful a generous disciple in spite of the difficulties I encounter. Make me fit for the Kingdom of God by not being distracted by other choices laid before me. As you mention in today’s Gospel, “no one who sets his hands to the plow and looks to what he has left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” Give me the grace this day to be “fit for the Kingdom of God” and not look back once I have set my path. Let me say that I will follow You wherever you go.

Amen.

Monday, September 26

The Lord gave, and the Lord has Taken Away

Oh, Lord my God, You are generous and forgiving. The Scripture of the Book of Job begins with the faithfulness of Job. Yet God allows evil to befall him. How often Lord you are generous, loving and forgiving. Yet, when misfortune, illness and pain happen in my life, I do not always accept it willingly as penance for my sins. Give me the grace this day, Lord, to try and accept the trials and tribulations of life with grace and the awareness, and bear them patiently. It is hard to understand why bad things happen to good people, allow my faithfulness that I have cultivated to support me. That is what sustained Job. May it also sustain me in the difficulties I experience in my life. 

Amen.

Sunday, September 25

Help Me to See Other’s Needs 

Oh, Lord God, give me the grace today to not pass by someone who needs my help. Sometimes I can get so tied up with tunnel vision in my life that I block out the needs of others around me. With Your grace, I can examine my attitude about how I treat people who may be less fortunate than myself. I may not be able to care for everyone’s needs, but I ask You to help me see people through Jesus’ eyes.

Amen.

Saturday, September 24

“A Reminder: God Is Our Refuge” 

O God our creator, in every age you are our refuge. We are reminded today that our life is like a passing shadow. Lord Jesus, grant us the eyes of faith to see you as the Light of the World in every age, and to know you as our refuge and our strength. Jesus, you came among us to show us the promise of eternal life. Show us this day how to live so that eternal life will be ours.

Amen.

Friday, September 23

“There is a Time for Everything”

O Lord my God, in today’s scripture I am reminded that there is a time for everything. I need to place my life in God’s hands, and I need not be afraid. Give me the grace today to be like St. Peter, who proclaims that Jesus is the Christ; lift up my mind and fill me with faith. Let all my yearnings and aspirations be directed to our heavenly home with you, for all else is passing.

Amen.

Thursday, September 22

Lord, the beginning of each new season reminds me of the passage of time. Autumn, in particular, reminds me of my mortality and that one day you will call me – and those I love – home to you. As autumn days grow shorter, I ask you to help me to avoid procrastination; instead, guide my heart to respond more quickly, help me to help others with less hesitation or doubt. Thank you for the gift of this season.

Amen.

Wednesday, September 21

God our Creator,

As summer draws to a close, I give thanks for a season of bright sun, long days, and the opportunity to spend time outdoors alone or with family and friends. Fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready to eat. Thank you for the bounty of the land, and for the gift of each day. Help us to be mindful of the gifts the earth provides us in every season, and may we share with one another the gifts you have given us.

Amen.

Tuesday, September 20

O Loving God,

You have created a world of wondrous diversity. Today I give you thanks for the animals that are a part of our daily lives. Our pets draw us out of our tendency to think only of ourselves; they bring us joy, comfort, laughter, and unconditional love; they are quick to forgive; they will protect us even at the risk of endangering themselves; in all this they remind us of you. Thank you for these amazing creatures; watch over them as you watch over us. Help us to follow the example they–and you–have shown us how to live and how to love one another.

Amen.

Monday, September 19

Luke 8:16

“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.”

Father in heaven, thank you for being our light. You help us to find the right path, even when life is at its darkest. Let us be a light to others, through our words and deeds. Let others know that our good works are inspired by our love for you, and let us, through our example, lead others to you. We pray, as always, in the name of your son, Jesus

Amen.

Sunday, September 18

A Prayer for Week of Service, Day 7: Supporting Education

Saint Clelia,

As a child you lived in poverty; as you grew, you and three companions chose to care for and provide education to abandoned girls like you.

Pray for us, that God may touch our hearts to support the work and generosity of those who support children in need of basic school supplies.

May the good work you began continue through the good works of each one of us.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Saturday, September 17

A Prayer for Week of Service, Day 6: Caring for Mothers and Babies

O Blessed Mary,

You gave birth to your child Jesus in the humblest of circumstances.

The Gospel tells of nearby shepherds and wise men from afar who all came to adore him.

May we be especially mindful of mothers and their infants who are lacking basic necessities.

Help us to be generous with our own resources and support organizations

who help them meet their needs.

Mary, Mother of Jesus, hear the prayers of these mothers and our prayers, too.

Amen.

Friday, September 16

A Prayer for Week of Service, Day 5: Saving Lives

Christ Jesus,

You gave your life and shed your lifs’s blood for us. I want to give my life for others too.

I pray in thanksgiving for all who donate blood for others. I pray too for those who offer their life in service of those who are scik and injured.

Help me today to be more generous with my life, my time, my words and my gifts.

I offer my very self to you today, Lord Jesus; use me for the glory of your name.

Amen.

Thursday, September 15

A Prayer for Week of Service, Day 4: Caring for those who are ill or homebound

Gracious God,

Sickness and injury remind us that we are finite beings. Help me to be an instrument of healing and service like Servite Saint Peregrine.

Help me to reach out beyond myself to include those recovering from surgery, or pursuing treatments and therapies, that they may return to their lives.

May my phone call, note or visit shine your healing light on them and surround them with your loving care.

Amen. 

Wednesday, September 14

A Prayer for Week of Service, Day 3: Caring for our Common Home

Ever loving Father,

You have created a beautiful world and populated it with plants, animals and a treasure trove of race and cultures.

Open my eyes to see the world as you do. Help me to become a better steward to this corner of the world where I live.

May I honor and tend to this amazing earth so that future generations can discover and celebrate its wonder and beauty.

Amen. 

Tuesday, September 13

A Prayer for Week of Service, Day 2: Care and Love for All Creation

Gracious God,

Our holy brother, Saint Francis, called all creatures your brothers and sisters. Help me to tend to all living things around.

I ask a special prayer for all those animals that become family members as pets. Thank you for the comfort your share with us through them.

Amen.

Monday, September 12

A Prayer for Week of Service, Day 1: Helping those in need

Heavenly Father,

Inspired by St. Philip Benizi, may I too take concrete steps to help the hungry around me. Open my heart and my cupboards to generously offer to others from what I have.

Lord, bless and multiply my simple service to nourish the body and spirit of those in desperate need around me.

Amen.

Sunday, September 11

Remember, Lord, those who lost their lives twenty-one years ago today. We pray that you embrace in your love the families and friends of those who died that horrible day. Console them with the knowledge that those they lost have found a new and perfect home with you. Be with those who bravely risked they lives to save others, especially those who lost their lives to save complete strangers, in selfless acts of love. We ask that you comfort and heal the many who continue to suffer from the physical and emotional wounds of that day. We ask for your blessings on all of these, and on all of us, in the name of Jesus, you Son.

Amen.

Saturday, September 10

We thank you, God, for the light of this new day. We pray that your light will guide us back to the right path when we stray off course, that it will remove any and all dark thoughts we might have this day. We pray that your light be reflected in our professional decisions and the many choices we will make throughout the day. Let your light illuminate the words we say, keeping us from hurting others, but always praising you. As the day comes to a close, we thank you, because we know, even in the absence of the sun’s light, you will be with us, to protect us until the morning comes. We pray these things in your holy name. Amen.

Friday, September 9

Loving God, there are times I feel overwhelmed by the world around me. Near and far there are wars, violence, suffering, and injustice. On nearby streets in my neighborhood there are people who are struggling with drug use, mental health issues, abuse, and more. Show me ways to move forward; give me insight to find steps to make a difference, no matter how small. Grant all of us the gifts of hope, perseverance, generosity, and kindness.

Amen.

Thursday, September 8

Every time I walk the pathways of this shrine, Lord, I am surrounded by trees that are nearly a hundred years old or more. The trees tower above me, and I feel protected by the cool shade they provide, refreshed by the soft breeze blowing through their branches. These trees have weathered countless winter storms and burning summer heat. And still they continue to grow bit by bit, reaching toward the heavens. May my faith in you be like these trees, able to weather the challenges that come my way; help me – in good and bad times – to grow closer to you day by day.

Amen.

Wednesday, September 7

It is early September, Lord, and summer has begun to wane. Colors of red, gold, and yellow have begun to appear alongside the green leaves on the maple trees. A new season is around the corner. The beautiful yet fleeting colors remind me to cherish the gift of each season, and to embrace the wonder of each moment. Thank you for the beauty of creation, thank you for the ever-changing world around me. Help me to share the beauty and wonder that you have shown me with those I encounter this day. Amen.

Tuesday, September 6

Mary, Mother of Jesus, as the first disciple of your son you inspire us. Throughout the many lands and cultures of the world, you encourage us and show us all how to be faithful followers of Jesus. May we be ready to respond generously to those in need; may we be present to those who are suffering or struggling, and may we share the good news with those around us.

Holy Mary, pray for us. Amen.

Monday, September 5

Labor Day

Oh Lord, our God,

You called us to work not only for our own benefit but for the common good. We thank you for the opportunity to labor. Be with us as we work, guide us and govern our world. May all people have a job that enhances human dignity and bounds us to one another. Help us to build a better world through our labor. May your spirit help us to value each worker. Help us this Labor Day to work for justice and peace where all people share in the abundance which you have given us.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Sunday, September 4

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

As the days of summer come to a close and give way to autumn, we have the perfect opportunity to reflect on the movement of the seasons of our lives.

Loving God, as we marvel at the beauty of your creation as it passes through the different seasons, open our hearts and minds so that we may consider our own passage through time. Help us to always keep our focus on you so that we can face the coming seasons secure in your love.

Amen.5

Saturday, September 3

Holy St. Peregrine,

We ask that you pray for all of those who are suffering from debilitating illness, in particular those who are suffering from cancer. Just as you received a miraculous cure from the Almighty, we pray that he would extend this same mercy to all those who wholeheartedly seek his help.

Amen.

Friday, September 2

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1:46-47

Mary Our Mother,

By praying the Holy Rosary, we our able to meditate on the life of Jesus, and on your role in his Earthly mission. As we pray for an intention with each decade, we humbly ask that you present our petitions to your beloved Son. We know that although he hears whatever we ask, our prayer will have that much more merit if you help present our request. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Amen.

Thursday, September 1

“Do not be afraid”

Oh, Lord, the powerful words of Jesus, “ Do not be afraid,” are powerful each time he says them in Scripture. We doubt, like St. Peter in today’s Gospel, that we are worthy to come to Jesus because of our sins, our lack of awareness of our self worth.

Give me the grace today, Lord, to not be afraid to approach You in spite of my feelings of self worth, to come to Jesus without fear. He came as my savior and offers, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and healing. Jesus wants me to follow Him and to know and feel His love. It is Jesus who will make me worthy of His love and mercy. He wants to offer me his compassion to follow Him and call to bring others to seek Him and all He has to offer.

I ask this grace today in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday, August 31

Oh, Lord my God, You sent Your Son Jesus among us to call us to be co-workers for the sake of the Kingdom. Jesus was sent among us asking people in every age to leave what is comfortable and familiar and to share the hope we have found in Jesus’ Words and actions.

He speaks of mercy, compassion, love and forgiveness to live a new life filled with hope. I too, am called to share that hope and consolation I have found. Give me the grace today to help me find creative ways to reach people with Jesus’ Divine Love, mercy and forgiveness.

Let my words be “Lord, send me.” Amen. 

Tuesday, August 30

The Power of God’s Word

Oh, Lord of power and might, by Your Word You created all things. Give me the grace to listen each day to the Words of Holy Scripture to know that power in my life. By Your grace and love, allow me to hear and act on that Word to transform me for the better.

By the power of Jesus’ words he cured the sick, raised the dead and transformed sinners to saints. Pour out Your divine Spirit on me, and with Your mercy, forgive my sins and lead me to choose wisely what I say and do for Your honor and glory each day.

I ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday, August 29

The Price of Discipleship

On this day, Lord, You give me the example of the cost of following You in St. John the Baptist. You call me Lord today to as be passionate as St. John was in his passion for the Word of God.

Grant me the grace today to be passionate in following You. To radiate the enthusiasm, excitement and joy of following You. Give me that excitement and fire in my heart to experience Your presence and grace to know You better so as to speak to others of Your love, compassion and mercy for all of us. Fill me with Your love to be able to love You and let it overflow to others around me.

I ask this in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Sunday, August 28

The Gift of Humility

Oh, Lord, in today’s Gospel I am given a lesson in humility. Give me the grace today to see myself as You see me. You gave me the gift of life and guide me in Your ways. A humble person can more easily see the needs, desires and struggles of those around them. Give me the awareness of the needs of others and allow me to treat them with respect and honor. It opens me to the love You want to grow between me and others. The gift of humility takes strength. Humility can make me less aware of myself and more aware of the needs of others.

Lord, make me as humble as Your Son Jesus was, that by giving respect we may also receive respect from others. I ask this through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Saturday, August 27

Oh Lord, my God, today Jesus tells the parable of the pearl of great price. Give me the grace today to recognize the message of the Gospel as that pearl of great price.

Allow me to look deep into my heart to seek and to know that Your message is that pearl of great price. The wisdom of the Saints, that “it is that in giving that we receive,” “ that in caring for others that we find fulfillment.”

Throughout His life, Jesus touched others and healed broken bodies and broken hearts by His touch, by His concern, by His mercy.

Give me the grace of coming to know where my treasure is, to seek it and find it in my life. I ask this in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Friday, August 26

The Wisdom of God

Oh, Eternal God, through Your Son, Jesus, You have taught me the power of the wisdom of the cross as opposed to the wisdom of this world. Give me the grace today to follow through in my daily life to act on this wisdom. Too often I am naturally inclined to the wisdom of the world that urges to control situations and be independent. Sometimes I mix my will with what I think is God’s will. I may take something to prayer but then go and do my own will, as if it is God’s will, instead of listening to what the Lord may be saying to me. Give me the grace today to surrender my will to the will of the Father. Allow me to listen to the wisdom of the cross and surrender to Your will.

Amen.

Thursday, August 25

“The poor you will always have with you; but you will not always have me.” Matthew 26:11

Loving God,

You created all humankind in your image and likeness. Open our eyes so that we can see your beloved Son reflected in the faces of the poor and the marginalized. Advance our understanding so that we can realize that through loving kindness, we can erase the margins that we have created separating “us” from “them”. Help us to always choose to do what is right, and to always seek to help those who cannot help themselves.

Amen.

Wednesday, August 24

Gracious God,

You created the angels to serve you in many ways. In heaven they offer you continuous praise. In your goodness you also charged them to act as messengers and protectors of your people here on Earth. Let us offer our prayers to your archangels – St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and to our guardian angels whose names we do not know. We ask them to intercede with you on our behalf in our time of need, and to protect us from the ills of this world until we can join you in the next.

Amen.

Tuesday, August 23

Saint Philip,

we thank you for your remarkable example of humility. Pray that the Lord will give us the strength to follow your example. Ask God to help us understand that a humble spirit is a compassionate spirit; a spirit more likely to understand the opinions and recognize the needs of others. And if we must boast, let us boast of our love of God and our fellow man. We ask for your intercession in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen

Monday, August 22

O Holy Mother of Sorrows, with strength from above you stood by the cross of Jesus, sharing in his sufferings, and with tender care you bore him in your arms, mourning and weeping.
We praise you for your faith, which accepted the life God planned for you.
We praise you for your hope, which trusted that God would do great things in you.
We praise you for your love in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of his passion.
Holy Mary, may we follow your example, and stand by all your children who need comfort and love. O Most Blessed Mother of God, stand by us in our trials and care for us in our many needs.
We ask you to support us with your embrace of motherly love and protection. Pray for us to you Son, Jesus, now and always. Amen.

Sunday, August 21

I Am Not Alone

As I pray quietly alone at this sanctuary I know that I am not alone. I am surrounded by this cathedral of trees and beautiful artwork reflecting the life and death of your Son Jesus.

I also see images of Blessed Mary, St. Peregrine, St. Bernadette, and other saints.

I am not alone. I am part of the company of believers, Saints who have gone before me.

Give me courage to be loving and forgiving like the holy men and women who have gone before me.

I pray that in some small way my words and actions can lead others to a closer relationship with you.

I ask this through your Son Jesus, Our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, August 20

The Big Picture

Gracious and ever-loving God,

Help me to seek you, to learn from you, to know you. I so often get caught up in my thoughts, my daily routine, and my circle of friends and family that I forget about everything else.

Remind me of the Big Picture: others around me who I do not see. Open my mind and heart to their needs and burdens. May I tend to others as sisters and brothers.

Broaden my view and understanding of the world around me. May I tend to the earth as a steward. Help me to see others and the world with your eyes – your view becoming more loving and forgiving; patient and kind.

I pray that each day I grow to be ever more faithful to the teachings and life of your Son. I humbly ask all this through Jesus Christ your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Friday, August 19

Prayer for Peace of Mind and Heart

Slow me down, slow me down, O Most Blessed Lord!

Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my harried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time.

Give me, amidst the confusions of my day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tensions of my nerves with the soothing music of the singing streams that live in my memory.

Help me to know the magical power of sleep.

Teach me the art of taking “minute vacations” of slowing down to look at a flower; to chat with an old friend or make a new one; to pet a dog; to watch a spider build a web; to smile at a child; or to read a few lines from a good book. Remind me each day that the race is not always won by the swift; that there is more to life than increasing its speed.

Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.

Slow me down, Lord Jesus, and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring values that I may grow toward the stars of our greater destiny.

Amen.

Thursday, August 18

Father, lover and source of all that is good, we pray today for all the less privileged individuals in our society. In particular, we pray for all those who are jobless and homeless all over the world. Protect them from every danger and harm. May the government officials be able to find ways to help them find proper housing and decent work. Lord, constantly send generous people to supply and provide for their daily needs while waiting the for the government to prepare a decent place for them. All this we ask in Jesus Name. Amen.   

St. Bernard, abbot and doctor, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Wednesday, August 17

Lord our God, we pray for all business owners and their employees. May all business owners not discriminate towards their workers and their applicants. May they be honest, just and generous to them. May also all the employees be diligent, trustworthy and honest to their employers. And may those seeking dignified and honest work soon find work that corresponds to their field of expertise, Lord. Grant all this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Clare of Montefalco, pray for us. 

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, August 16

Our Providential God and Father, we pray to you today for equal and just distribution of the world’s good and resources. Free us from greediness and selfishness, so that everyone has more than enough on their table. Grant us generosity and make our hearts charitable. Touch our stony hearts and make them natural hearts, Lord. We ask this through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.

St. Rock, healer, St. Stephen of Hungary, king, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, August 15

Lord God, our loving Father, as we celebrate today the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we pray for all women in the world. Father, protect them from all forms of exploitation and trafficking. May the world recognize their equal dignity and value same that of men. Let them realize that there is no need for them to prove anything to the world, everyone, both men or women are gifted with all good gifts and talents by God, our One Father. As a matter of fact, they are more powerful than men with regards to bearing a child. Grant us rather a sense of dependence and appreciation of each other’s contributions for the good and betterment of our life in our society. But most of all, like Mary, make us all entrust, rely, depend and put everything in your loving hand, Lord our God. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of Assumption, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, August 14

Almighty Father,

We pray today for all families all over the world, especially for Christian families. May all the members of every human family accept Jesus as their Brother and Lord, so that all may become one Family in Heavenly presence. Drive away from every family any sign of discord. May love, respect, forgiveness and understanding to every home grow each day. Drive away from them all evil seen and unseen. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Saturday, August 13

God, our loving Father, we pray for our brethren who are vulnerable. In particular, we pray for all children all over the world, especially in poor countries. Free them from any danger and from all form of abuses. We also pray for the unborn. May their mothers love them and nurture them. Grant all mothers motherly love proper and due to their children. Make them more responsible and caring each day. We ask all these prayers in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

St. Pontian, pope, and St. Hippolytus, priest, martyrs, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Friday, August 12

Loving Father,

We pray for all the married couples today to keep them faithful to each other and to you, who is the source and fullness of marriage love. Grant them also forgiving hearts. We surrender to you those married couples who are experiencing difficulties in their married life. Grant them the grace of openness to reconcile. We also pray for young people. Let their understanding and experience of love grow each day. Keep them in your loving protection, O loving Father. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. St. Jane Frances de Chantal, religious, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Thursday, August 11

Almighty God, We thank you for your love, peace, forgiveness and healing that we have received through your Holy Sacraments. Continue to strengthen our faith that we can be your signs in the world. Help us to courageously bring your love, peace, forgiveness and healing to others around us. Amen. 

Wednesday, August 10

Almighty God,

We thank you for your love, peace, forgiveness and healing that we have received through your Holy Sacraments. Continue to strengthen our faith that we can be your signs in the world. Help us to courageously bring your love, peace, forgiveness and healing to others around us.

Amen. 

Tuesday, August 9

Your Love Encircles Me

Gracious God,
Your love encircles me.
I sometimes feel like a child wrapped in a warm blanket; you surround me with the beauty of your creation.
You provide a circle of friends and family that support and challenge me.
When I close my eyes I even see those beloved family members who have gone before me, as well as other holy men and women at my shoulders echoing your loving presence to the whole world.
May my words and actions reflect your never-ending love and mercy.
Teach me your ways – the way of patience, mercy, generosity and unbounded love.
I ask this through Jesus our Lord and Brother.

Amen.

Monday, August 8

Prayer for God’s Light

Lord,

Let me be still and at peace just for a few moments. In the busy-ness of this day, filled as it is with so many cares, doubts, and fears, let me be attentive to where I have been, where I am standing, and where I am headed.
Above all, let me see, with the purity of Your eternal Light, where you have been present in my life today. And make me a reflection of that same divine Light as I serve the many needs of my sisters and brothers, who might be struggling in any way.

Amen.

Sunday, August 7

Dambana Prayer

Lord God, bless this Filipino Shrine at The Grotto, and bless all who come here in search of peace, prayer, and the beauty of nature. Give us insight as we walk the garden paths and as we pray and reflect at this Dambana. May your loving presence inspire our minds and hearts, so that we may go forth from here renewed and refreshed in mind, body, and soul.  Loving God, bless this image of Mary, represented as Our Lady of Dambana. May we see Mary as a model of faith that we are called to imitate, and may the Mother of Jesus be a source of comfort to each one of us.  Loving Creator, you sent your only son to be savior of all. Jesus came into the world as a helpless child; may this image of the Santo Niño remind us that God became fully human to share his love and bring us salvation. Lord God, we honor your faithful servant San Lorenzo Ruiz and his companion martyrs. As the first canonized Filipino Saint, San Lorenzo inspires us with his unwavering faith and tremendous courage, even to his death. May the example of his life and death lead us to live lives of faithful service. Gracious God, you call us to love, you call us to help one another. We thank you for this Dambana at The Grotto. May it be a light of faith and a symbol of the universality of your Church. 

Amen.

Saturday, August 6

Gracious God,

Your beloved Son showed his love for the sick by touching, healing, and forgiving them. Your servant St. Peregrine received your healing touch after he placed his life unreservedly in your hands. As we come to you seeking help for those who are sick, particularly those suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, we humbly ask that you hear the prayers we offer you in honor of St. Peregrine.

Amen.

Friday, August 5

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10

God, as the high temperatures return to the Northwest this weekend, we thank you for giving us the means to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the dangers of the heat. We ask that you protect those who lack water and a cool and safe place to reside. Encourage us, God, to be bold enough to stop, to reach out, and to provide for those we see who are in need, and not to simply drive by. Safeguard, too, God, all your creatures, the animals in the forests and those under the care and control of people, who so often suffer needlessly at the hands of their owners. Help us all remember that you gave us dominion over your creatures, and entrusted us with their care. Finally, we thank you for bringing us safely to the end of another busy week. Amen.

Thursday, August 4

Create in me a pure heart

Almighty and all merciful God, create me a new heart. Throughout the week You have reassured me in the scripture from the prophet Jeremiah of Your everlasting love. Give me the grace today to have a pure, clean, undivided heart. A heart that is always pleasing to You, not a divided heart. Give me a mind and heart that thinks and sees as You do. Because I am human I always seem to struggle to think as You do. Assist me to see my blind spots. If You wish, you can allow me to grow in grace to see things as You do, to see things in a much wider and broader view. I ask this in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen.ugust

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Wednesday, August 3

A Sign of God’s Love

O faithful and all-loving God, You assure me in today’s scripture in Jeremiah and in Matthew’s Gospel, of Your age-old love. You show me this in the faith-filled Canaanite woman asking Jesus to cure her daughter. 
Give me the grace to never doubt Your love for me; deepen my faith today to live a faithful life of devotion to You. May I never doubt Your support and grace in times of uncertainty and temptation. Help me to know You as a good shepherd who guards his flock and leads them to springs of living water and green pastures of refreshment. I ask this of You in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Tuesday, August 2

God’s Everlasting Love

Oh, faithful and forgiving God, today’s scripture readings at Mass remind me of your faithful and everlasting love. Give me the grace today to know You deeply as the God who allows suffering, spiritual and physical, in order to bring me back to You. You clearly tell me through scripture that because of my guilt and numerous sins, You allow me to know the pain, yet You assure me of bringing me fully back to You, fully forgiven and sharing Your divine mercy and love. Give me the grace today never to forget your promise of full restoration in Your love. I ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Monday, August 1

Feed them Yourselves

Oh, Lord, in today’s Scriptures Jesus asks His disciples to feed the crowd He is speaking to. He also asks the same of us. Jesus sees the hunger in everyone’s heart, for love, for food, for recognition, for Jesus Himself. I feel Jesus is asking all of us to be attentive to the needs of others.
Father, give me the grace today to respond as I can to those around me to do whatever I can to respond to the needs around me. To feed the hungry, to feed the souls and needs of others as You have given us in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, as Jesus did in His public life, to extent of my own capabilities and limitations. Allow Your Holy Spirit to alert me to someone’s needs. I ask for that grace to see and to respond to the people in need in my life. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Sunday, July 31

Oh, Generous Father, our scripture for today wants to remind me of the temporary reality of this world. Jesus never promised us a worldly kingdom, yet I live sometimes as if this is all there is. I am reminded today that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world. We are only here for a time, long or short, to work out our salvation by following His commandments – love of God and neighbor. Give me the grace today to be reminded that although I may strive for a life here, it is only a passing world, and my true home is to be with You, Father, Son and Spirit. Give me the grace to remember to be “rich in the things that matter to God” and that shrouds have no pockets. I take nothing with me but my good deeds to Your eternal kingdom in heaven. I ask this of You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Saturday, July 30

Faithful to the Word of God

Oh, faithful and loving God, give me this day the power of the faith of the prophet Jeremiah and St. John the Baptist. Today in the Mass readings, both endure suffering for their finality to Your divine Word. Both Jeremiah and John called others to faithfulness in You. Keep me steadfast in my belief, even when others oppose me. Allow me the courage to be strong in spirit and to withstand ridicule from others for my faith and beliefs in Your Word, Jesus Christ. Give me the ability to stand firm in faith despite words or actions of others that would have me deny my faith in You. I ask this in the name of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Friday, July 29

Like clay in the hand of the potter…so are you in my hand…

Almighty God and Creator,

We thank you for creating us beautifully. We thank you for all the gifts that we have received from your bounty. We ask you this day to bless all your creation; bestow upon each one of us, we pray, your protection, for all harm and danger, especially the danger of evil and all its temptation. We are the clay in your Mighty Hand, so we ask that you protect us with your love and kindness. Guide us with your Powerful hand that we may walk in the path of righteousness and thus not be thrown into the fiery furnace. We also humbly ask that you forgive us our sins and grant that the Holy Spirit walks with us all the days of our life. We ask this, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Thursday, July 28

Like clay in the hand of the potter…so are you in my hand…

Almighty God and Creator,We thank you for creating us beautifully. We thank you for all the gifts that we have received from your bounty. We ask you this day to bless all your creation; bestow upon each one of us, we pray, your protection, for all harm and danger, especially the danger of evil and all its temptation. We are the clay in your Mighty Hand, so we ask that you protect us with your love and kindness. Guide us with your Powerful hand that we may walk in the path of righteousness and thus not be thrown into the fiery furnace. We also humbly ask that you forgive us our sins and grant that the Holy Spirit walks with us all the days of our life. We ask this, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Wednesday, July 27

All Powerful God,

We come to you today, asking for your help, strength and healing for our world that suffers from so many things. You are the source of healing for all your creation. Bestow upon us, we pray, your healing power and your strength to those who are sick, especially for those who are infected with Covid19 and its variants. May you strengthen them in their illness and restore them to good health.
We also pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer from war. May you console them in their struggles and help them to reach peace that they need. Help all the leaders of the world to put their attention not only for their country but also for peace of the whole world. We ask you this, through Christ, Our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Tuesday, July 26

Saints Joachim and Anne – the Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord Jesus,
As we celebrate the memorial of your earthly grandparents, we ask you to bestow your special blessing to all our grandparents. Through your blessing, may they continue to be strong, healthy in mind, body and spirit, and enjoy their advance aged with happiness and experience the love of their family. For those who are sick and lonely, may your peace, healing and presence be with them. Console them when they are in sorrow, strengthen them when they are weak, heal them when they fall sick. May Saints Joachim and Anne continue to intercede for them that their faith continue to grow stronger each and everyday. Thank you Lord Jesus for our grandparents and for your blessings upon them. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Monday, July 25

Saint James – Apostle

Lord God,
We thank you for the courage of your Apostle James in proclaiming the Kingdom of God. As we celebrate his feast today, we praise you for what he believed, he spoke and proclaimed to us. We thank you for the gift of faith that Saint James proclaimed. Through his intercession, we humbly ask that we too believe and are able to speak and proclaim what we believe, “that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God” (2 Cor. 4:7-15). May our words and actions reflect what we believe and bring many people closer to Christ, who is our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Sunday, July 24

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lord Jesus,
It is hard sometimes for us to pray. And even when we pray, there are still things in our hearts and in our lives that we need to fix. Attitudes and words that could our brothers and sisters; pride and jealousy; gossiping and unforgiving heart. Teach us all the time to allow ourselves to pray to God the Father, to ask for His love and mercy, and to change our hearts into your likeness. Teach us how to pray, as you taught your first disciples. Make us humble of heart, forgiving and praying for one another that we too may experience your love, mercy and forgiveness all the days of our life. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Saturday, July 23

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Temple of the Lord

Lord, our God, in the world that is filled with many troubles: injustice, Covid-19, war, we humbly ask your peace and healing. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Temple of the Lord, we pray that you safeguard all your children from harm, danger and illnesses. Through her prayers, may you transform the hearts of us all so as to become the temples of the Lord. We ask this, through Christ, our Lord, Your Son, who lives with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Friday, July 22

Here I Sit

Gracious God,

You have called my name and daily I try to follow. I am tired, Lord.

I listen to your words in Scripture. I seek you in the hustle and bustle of my day. You call me to come to you – to bring my worries, my regrets, my hopes and cares. I am tired, Lord.

You call me to come and sit with you a while – in a church, under a tree, or on a bench outdoors.

Here I sit, Lord – tired, worried, burdened and afraid.

I take a deep breath and exhale …

Sitting here, surrounded by the quiet, I can really listen. I can reflect and contemplate.

With each breath I take in, and each beat of my heart, I feel invigorated, inspired, renewed.

Thank you for the ways that you create in me. Thank you for the gift of salvation through your Son, Jesus. And thank you for the inspiration that your Holy Spirit brings.

Amen.

Thursday, July 21

Journeying Along the Path

In my journeying with you, O Blessed Lord, may I never lose my sense of direction on the path, never lose sight of the landmark towards which I travel.
And should cloud or rain obscure my vision, may I draw closer to you, so that my feet may tread in your footsteps, your words be my encouragement, and your love be my protection against the storms that assail me.

Amen.

Wednesday, July 20

Prayer to St. Philip Benizi

Loving God, we give you thanks for the life of Philip Benizi, the Servite saint who placed his gifts at the service of others. Help us to live our lives with his spirit of generosity. Like Philip, may we be your instruments of reconciliation and unity wherever we encounter conflict and strife. As the steadfast service of Mary inspired Saint Philip, so too may we follow her footsteps as faithful and loving disciples of Jesus. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Tuesday, July 19

Our Lady of Lourdes Prayer

Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings.
Look upon me with mercy.
When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.
I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession.
My loving Mother, obtain my request.
I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company along with God The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and bless you in eternity.
Amen.

Monday, July 18

Gracious God, thank you for the gift of music.
The melodies are a language all their own.
When words are added we can sing your praises, or express our sorrow, embrace your forgiveness, or discover your faithfulness.
Thank you for the gift of song writers, musicians, singers and choir directors; through their God given gifts they share – each in their own way – your hope, joy, peace and presence with the world.
Amen.

Sunday, July 17

“When I wake up every morning, I thank God for the new day.” Francisco Sionil Jose


Dear God, we join Francisco in thanking You for another beautiful day. We thank you that no matter what the day brings, You are with us to guide and protect us. We pray for our families, friends, and co-workers, that they, too, may be reminded of the glory of this day. And we ask your blessing on those less fortunate than us. Keep them safe and give them hope for a better day. We pray all this in Jesus name.

Amen.

Saturday, July 16

“The Lord himself will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forget you. Don’t be afraid and don’t worry.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

God, we ask for your blessing and protection as we travel this summer to visit family and friends across the nation and across the oceans. Bring us safely into their loving embrace. We ask that you bless the pilots; the bus drivers; the train engineers, and the ships’ captains. Give them confidence and skill to bring us safely to our destinations. We ask a special blessing, God, upon the many thousands of pilgrims who this summer will seek a sanctuary of peace and prayer at our beloved Grotto. Bring these pilgrims safely to us and guard them during their return home.

Amen.

Friday, July 15

And on the seventh day God ended His work. Genesis 2:2

Thank you, God, for getting us through the work week. We turned to You when we were troubled at work, and you encouraged us. We talked with You as we drove home after a worrisome day, and you calmed us. We prayed to you before work in the morning, and you fortified us for the day. Now we thank You, God, for the weekend ahead, for time to spend with family, friends, and You. We ask your blessing, too, God, on the people who will work through the weekend. Encourage, calm and fortify them, and bring them safely to their days of rest.

Amen.

Thursday, July 14

“God does not abandon us”

Oh, God of surprises, give me the grace today to know You as my loving father who wants to give me all I need to succeed in being Your faithful servant and Your child who looks forward to Your generous care, concern and desire to gift me with all I need to follow Your divine Son faithfully. I praise and thank You, Father, for Your gifts of grace that keep me close to You. You called me and graced me through baptism, eucharist, and reconciliation to always keep close to You. In spite of my wandering You are ever faithful, especially in my time of need. For all this I give You thanks today. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Wednesday, July 13

“God does not abandon us”

Oh, God of surprises, give me the grace today to know You as my loving father who wants to give me all I need to succeed in being Your faithful servant and Your child who looks forward to Your generous care, concern and desire to gift me with all I need to follow Your divine Son faithfully. I praise and thank You, Father, for Your gifts of grace that keep me close to You. You called me and graced me through baptism, eucharist, and reconciliation to always keep close to You. In spite of my wandering You are ever faithful, especially in my time of need. For all this I give You thanks today. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Tuesday, July 12

“Fear, Anxiety and Faith”

Oh, ever loving God, give me this day a stronger and deeper faith. Izaah speaks of “the heart of the people trembling like the trees of the forest tremble in the wind.” My heart is filled sometimes with anxiety and fears. You, Lord, want us to see these times in the light of Your divine love, for me and to remain tranquil, to feel the courage. Your love gives me faith not to fail. You want me to see my sins in the light of Your love, so I can feel firm in my faith in You. I ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Monday, July 11

“Let My Prayer be Sincere”

Oh God, give me Your grace today to make my worship and honor of You be sincere, and not just going through the motions of prayer and sacrifice. Give me the grace today to share in a portion of the heart of Jesus, who is full of compassion and mercy. Allow me to know if and when I may be acting for others to see my good deeds that are merely for show. Allow my prayer not to be half hearted. Teach me through Your Saints to be whole hearted in my prayer, worship and sacrifices, for the sake of others, as was St. Benedict. Through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Sunday, July 10

“Help me to be merciful”

This Sunday Jesus tells us the parable of “who is my neighbor.” Thank You for the powerful Gospel message today of the good Samaritan and the admonition “to go and do likewise.” Give me the grace to see Your Son, Jesus, in those I see in need. This parable is also letting me know that Jesus is the One who cares for us when battered by sin and the powers of evil. Jesus is the One who offers us forgiveness of sins and binds up our wounds. I thank You, oh Lord, for the power of Your mercy and the lessen to learn to be more merciful to those around me each day. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Saturday, July 9

“God is our help and Salvation” 

Oh, loving God, help me this day to know and recognize You as my help and salvation. Give me Your grace today to realize that You are loving and powerful and I am not. Allow me to realize I need to count on Your mercy, and know although I may not be perfect, that You will be my help and means to strive for perfection, and when I fail Your love will support me as I rest in Your hands. I know You are my source of blessings that may lead me to humility and gratitude. The more I understand that You are a God of mercy, it will lead me to be more understanding and merciful. Through Jesus, Your Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Friday, July 8

“Trust in times of Suffering”

Oh Lord, my God, hear my voice in the midst of suffering and tribulation. I know You are there to help me, but ask that when I take that narrow road that leads to life, Your Spirit will be there. If and when I need Your help, You Will be there to assist me in the circumstances of my life. Give me the grace today to be aware of Your ever-guiding Spirit to care for me in assessing and choosing Your way among the choices in my life in those times of hardship and anxiety. I count on Your grace in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Thursday, July 7

Father, lover and source of all that is good, we thank you for this new life and day. As we begin this new day, grant us a positive outlook in life. Help us imitate Jesus, your Son. Grant us humility, patience and endurance. Make us also grow in obedience and respect. Once again grant us the grace to make this day fruitful in good works. Keep our mind, lips and hands pure and clean, free from what is wrong and evil. All this we ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

St. Edelburg, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Wednesday, July 6

Praise to Lord God for another day. We worship you and love you. As we begin this Wednesday, keep us safe in your service. Protect us from all dangers. Grant us your peace and joy. From the rising of the sun to its setting, may we please you in thoughts, words and actions. Grant all this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, July 5

Good morning, God our loving Father. With renewed strength we express our thankfulness and gratitude to you for this beautiful day. Help us and guide us so that we may be able to do your holy will today. Make us joyful for all the countless blessings you have provided us, especially the gift of people who love and surround us. Keep away from us, we pray, all evil and danger. We ask this through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, priest, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, July 4

Lord God and our loving Father, praise be to you. Thank you once again for another day. As we begin this week, grant us courage and strength. Make us faithful and productive today. May everything we do today be for your glory and for the salvation of our souls. Protect us from every evil and every danger today. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, July 3

Almighty Father, thank you for this beautiful Sunday. Grant us the grace to spend this day with you in prayer and at Mass as your chosen people, so as to be filled again with spiritual grace necessary for the coming week of work and responsibilities. May we participate actively in your mission for us to deserve the inheritance you prepared for those who persevere in following you and doing your holy will while still here on earth. Renew us in your friendship. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Thomas, apostle, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Saturday, July 2

God, our loving Father, we are grateful for the gift of a new day. Thank you also for sending to us good and generous people, ever ready to offer help, and for never getting tired of loving and understanding us. Make us always appreciative of all the good things you have given to us, beginning with the little and ordinary things around us. Rather than complaining and questioning you, make us always be grateful. We ask all these in Jesus’ name. Amen.

St. Oliver Plunkett, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Friday, July 1

Loving Father, we thank you for this wonderful day. Please grant us the grace we need so that we may be able to do your holy will today. As you call St. Matthew to follow you in today’s gospel, may we also say yes to your invitation to be with you and to stay with you always. Grant us an open heart and a humble spirit. Keep us in your loving care and sustain us in all we do.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Junipero Serra, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Thursday, June 30

Living and Compassionate God,

As we celebrate the memorial of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church, we ask you to welcome into your heavenly banquet all our brothers and sisters who died inside the trailer in San Antonio, Texas. May all the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church accompany them to enjoy your presence forever. May you strengthen and console their family members in this tragedy. We also pray that through your Holy Spirit, you open the hearts of all people, that tragedy like this will never happen again. We make this prayer through Christ, who has risen from the dead, he who lives and reigns, now and forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Wednesday, June 29

Loving God,

As we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, we recall their work of proclaiming Your love and Wonders. Although they were faced with many challenges and difficulties, they persevered and you strengthened them. In our time, too, may you strengthen the leaders of the Church and all the members of the Church to be bold witnesses to your love, mercy and forgiveness. May no challenges or difficulties hinder or stop us from proclaiming your Work wherever you send us. May your Holy Spirit lead and guide us so that we are able to do what you ask us to do. We ask you this, Lord God, through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Tuesday, June 28

Ever-living God,

We pray today for those who feel lonely in our society. We ask that you come into their lives to bring them comfort and consolation in the desolate moments of their lives. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may they be inspired to recognize the goodness that life can bring and to realize that they will never be alone in their struggles. May you continue to walk with them through the many loving people around them. Make them feel loved, Lord, and help them in their struggles and never leave them alone. May they be able to listen to your voice and feel your presence in their life. We make this prayer, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Monday, June 27

Loving God,
We pray today for all who seek God’s presence in their lives, including those who have come to The Grotto seeking peace through nature and through the ministries offered at the Grotto, and for all seeking God’s healing, mercy and forgiveness. We pray that you may listen to all their prayers and cry for help and hasten to answer them according to your loving kindness. May Our Sorrowful Mother also intercede for them and bring all their prayers and intentions to your loving presence. Through her intercession, may you pour upon them the necessary blessings that they need in their lives. You know them, Lord, before they even open their hearts to ask of you. We humbly ask that You answer them kindly and mercifully. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Sunday, June 26

Christ, our Lord,

You called your disciples to be the messengers of your Good News. Bless all the leaders of the Church, those of whom you have called to continue the mission of proclaiming the Good News. Guide them with your Holy Spirit that they may follow you with all their heart, mind, and strength. Be with them, Lord, that they may be protected from all harms, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. May you strengthen them in their mission that they also enjoy the fruits of their work in which many people come to know you and believe in you. For you are God, who live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Saturday, June 25

Lord Jesus,

You show mercy towards those who are sick. When our brother, Saint Peregrine, was desperate for healing, you came down from your cross and cured his disease. Through his intercession, we pray, that you may send your strength and healing power upon all our brothers and sisters who are sick. We pray especially for those who suffer from cancer, AIDS and any life-threatening diseases. May they experience your healing touch to restore them their health and be strengthened and persevere in their suffering. Bless and protect also all those who take care the sick: the doctors, nurses, physicians, care-givers, and family members. Strengthen their hope and faith in your love and kindness, and may the Holy Spirit continue to inspire them in caring for the sick. We ask this of you Lord Jesus, for you are the source of everything that we experience in our life, you live and reign, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Friday, June 24

Loving God,

As the heat of summer arises, we pray that you send your strength and protection for all of your creation. We pray especially for our less fortunate brothers and sisters, those who do not have decent housing to protect them from the inclement weather. May the coolness of your love and mercy preserve and shield them. May they feel your love and mercy everywhere they go. We ask this of you Lord, for you are the King of all creation, you who live and reign forever and ever.
Amen.

Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM

Thursday, June 23

“It is an opportunity to encourage society to be in solidarity and sensitivity to those in need.” Pope Francis on donating blood.

Dear God, you show us every day how we can serve You by serving others, and today is no different. Today, we pray for and thank the many people who tomorrow will come to The Grotto and give of themselves by donating blood. Bless them, God, and bless the countless people, known only to You, who will receive this lifesaving gift. And bless those whom You have entrusted to work to gather the donations. We ask all these blessings in Your name. Amen.

Wednesday, June 22

“A generous person will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” Proverbs 22:9

Thank you, God, for providing us with the means to put food on our table each day. Thank you for those who labor to produce such bounty and those who bring it to our communities. Your generosity encourages us, Lord. You make our spirits soar when we share what we have with those less fortunate. We promise today, Lord, to seek opportunities to share with others all you have given us. Amen.

Monday, June 20

A Sanctuary of Peace for All People

On May 29, 1924, three thousand people gathered for the first Mass and Dedication of the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (The Grotto). At the blessing, Archbishop Alexander Christie offered this prayer:

“Let this be a sanctuary of peace for all peoples of the earth, and surely in this day a sanctuary is needed. Torn with differences, strife, and grief, the world needs sanctuary where the human spirit can seek peace and consolation.”

Almost 100 years later, The Grotto remains a sanctuary of peace for everyone. All are welcome at The Grotto.

Sunday, June 19

“Our Father, who art in heaven . . . ” 

Thank you, God, for the reminder at Mass today, that you are OUR Father, the Father of all. Thank you for the reminder that as we share you as our Father, you join us together as one family, brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us to treat each other as family, kindly and compassionately, and to help one another, through our word and example, to grow closer to you.

Saturday, June 18

“I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.” – Leviticus 26:4

As summer nears, we thank you, God, for the nourishing spring rains that made our flowers bloom, our grass greener, and our gardens grow. We thank you, God, for rains that filled the rivers, streams, and lakes, giving life to everything in them. And we thank you, Lord, for the coming summer, that we may spend more time outdoors in your beautiful creation.

Thursday, June 16

The Lord’s Prayer

Oh, Lord, the disciples of Jesus must have been impressed with the way they saw Jesus praying. They asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus tells them and me in the Gospel today, not to babble with many words but to pray directly to the Heavenly Father as children of a loving Father. Jesus insists that the Father already knows what we need. He loves to hear us ask to give us for forgiveness for the times we have missed the mark in my life to respond to His love. Give me this grace today, Oh, Lord. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Wednesday, June 15

Give without counting the cost

Today’s Scripture enlightens and instructs me how to truly respond to Your love for me, Oh Lord, and to serve You as Jesus served You without  counting the cost. Give me the grace today not to count the cost by being a show off for others to see but to pray in my room and the Lord who sees what is done in private will reward what is done in secret. Not to make a show of fasting with a sad face but with a joyful spirit and the Lord will reward me. The Lord sees all my good deeds. Let me not count the cost but give generously as Jesus did. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Tuesday, June 14

Love your enemies

Oh, Lord My God, the readings for today give me a way to love my enemies. Give me the grace to listen to the Scripture attentively, Scripture that gives me an example of the Lord’s great mercy, and teaches me how Jesus tells us to love our enemies. Give me the grace to love my enemies and to forgive past hurts, which may be the cause of their attitude toward me. Make me aware that You love them too. May Your grace help me not to disparage them, knowing You love them and me, even if I sin. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Monday, June 13

Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church 

Today, Oh Lord, the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua. He taught by both word and example the generosity of Jesus. Both Scripture readings for today tell me of this as well.

The first passage shows us the results of jealously leading to evil, but in the Gospel, Jesus teaches on generosity. Jesus quotes, “you have heard it said an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” but I say … “offer no resistance to one who is evil.” Give me the grace today to learn that generosity which Jesus had, as well as St. Anthony – to go out of my way to be generous to others, and even go beyond my current limits.

I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Sunday, June 12

Feast of the Holy Trinity

The Feast of the Holy Trinity always remains a mystery to me, oh Lord, but it was Jesus, Your Son, who taught His disciples and us of the Father, Son and Spirit in His unique way. We discover at Jesus’ baptism the revelation of the voice of the Father and appearance of the Spirit in the form of a dove hovering over Jesus.

Give me the grace today to fully know what is possible to be known of each person of the Holy Trinity, and to know the unique place each person of the Trinity has in my salvation. I ask this today in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

Wednesday, June 1

“Share the Lord Jesus to Others Today.”

Father of love and consolation, we thank you for this new day. As we celebrate today the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elisabeth, may we see and experience your constant presence with the people we meet today. That, to see the other person is to seeing you. May we be able to appreciate each other’s presence. Make also our encounter with others be fruitful and meaningful. Fill our hearts with your Joy and Peace. May we be a blessing to them as well as they to us. Like Mary, may we also bring Jesus to those we meet today. Grant all these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Seven Holy Founders, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Tuesday, May 31

“Share the Lord Jesus to Others Today.” 

Father of love and consolation, we thank you for this new day. As we celebrate today the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elisabeth, may we see and experience your constant presence with the people we meet today. That, to see the other person is to seeing you. May we be able to appreciate each others presence. Make also our encounter with others be fruitful and meaningful. Fill our hearts with your Joy and Peace. May we be a blessing to them as well as they to us. Like Mary, may we also bring Jesus to those we meet today. Grant all these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Seven Holy Founders, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Monday, May 30

“Alone with God.”

God our loving and merciful Father, we thank you for the gift of life and friendship. Thank you for this new day. As we remember today those who offered their lives for the country, and we celebrate Memorial Day, make us grateful and thankful for their heroism and nationalism. Protect our soldiers. Send St. Michael and all your angels to protect all soldiers from the evil forces that constantly threatens the peace and order in the world. Most of all, we thank you for constantly protecting us from evil. Indeed, we are not alone. Like the Lord Jesus in today’s gospel, we are also convinced that you are always there for us, to protect and defend us from every danger and harm. When we are united with you, we stand, but when we are divided and separated from you, we surely fall. Keep us united in your love and friendship with one another. Grant all these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Juliana, pray for us.

Fr. Benedi-an, OSM

Sunday, May 29

“God Is Our True Home.”

Father of love and life, we praise and love you for this new day. As we celebrate today the Solemnity of the Ascension of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, make us grateful and thankful for your gift of salvation. As Jesus Ascends back to you, may we, one day, also be rewarded and welcomed into your loving presence with the saints and the angels in heaven. But while still here on earth, grant us the grace of faithfulness and fidelity to the teachings of Christ and of His Church. May we be living witnesses of His love and compassion today.

Grant all these through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.

Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM

Thursday, May 26

“You will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”

Lord even though we are not able to see you, your words are alive and your presence is felt in the Holy Eucharist. You gave us this sacrament so that we can be witness of your grace. Please continue to touch our lives and help others to understand your true presence in the Eucharist. Amen.

Allan Sabroso, Liturgy Coordinator

Wednesday, May 25

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you to all truth.”

Lord again you reminded us the Holy Spirit will guide us and help us understand your teaching so that we can carry it in our hearts and share it to others. We pray that those who do not believe may be also filled with your spirit so that they can also see the light and have peace in their hearts. Amen.
Allan Sabroso, Liturgical Coordinator

Tuesday, May 24

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

“For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.”

Lord you removed the grief in the hearts of your apostles by telling them clearly the reason why you need to go to the Father. Though we were not able to see you, your apostles were able to preach us your Good News and we believe. Please continue to guide us so that we can continue to share the good news. Amen.

Allan Sabroso, Liturgical Coordinator

Monday, May 23

“The Spirit of truth will testify to me.”

Lord, you sent the Holy Spirit to us so that we can testify and share the good news to others. Help me to free our hearts from hatred, anger, and doubt so that the Holy Spirit can fill it with love, peace and hope. In this way we can live our life according to your will. Amen.

Allan Sabroso, Liturgical Coordinator

Sunday, May 22

Sixth Sunday of Easter

“The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”

Lord you said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” Help me take out the fear in me for most of the time I am living with a trouble heart. Please come close to my heart for what St. Augustine taught us – our heart is restless until it rest in you. Amen. 

Allan Sabroso, Liturgical Coordinator

Saturday, May 21

“You do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world.”

Lord, you have given us a reminder that if we will follow you we have to be mindful of the suffering we may endure along the way. You also made a point that as we choose to live by the truth, the world may find it odd and may hate it because they do not understand. Give us strength so that we can continue to stand for what is right and true. Amen.

Allan Sabroso, Liturgical Coordinator

Friday, May 20

“This is my commandment: love one another.”

Lord, you said that we must love one another as you love us. You showed us the greatest love through your crucifixion. You have called us friends and commanded us to disciples to love one another. I am trying to follow you, though sometimes it is very hard to love because of pain, anger, fear, and struggles I am experiencing in my life. Please continue to guide me as I work to live my life to the fullest by learning how to love like you did for us. Amen.

Allan Sabroso, Liturgical Coordinator

Thursday, May 19

Complete Joy

Lord Jesus, you said to your disciples, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” We ask you to keep us close to your heart; comfort us when we are hurting, guide us when we are uncertain of the way, strengthen us when we feel overwhelmed, and grant us joy to share with those we meet this day. Amen. 

Fr. Ignatius Kissel, OSM

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