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Prayer At the Beginning Of the Day- St Edmund

O Lord,  Into your hands and into the hands of Your holy angels, I commit and entrust this day  myself,  my relatives, my benefactors,  my friends and enemies  and all your christian people. 
By the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  and all your saints,  keep us this day from all evil and unruly desires,  from all sins and temptations of the devil,  from sudden and unprovided death.
Enlighten my heart with the grace of your Holy Spirit.  Grant that I may ever be obedient to your commandments  and never let me be separated from you.
AMEN

Prayer from St. Edmund of Abingdon, 1180-1246 Bishop,Writer and Ascetic

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St. Jeromes' Prayer for Jesus' Mercy

O Lord,  Show your mercy to me and gladden my heart. For I am like the man on the way to Jericho,  who was overtaken by robbers,  wounded, and left half-dead; O Good Samaritan, come to my aid.  I am like the sheep that went astray: O Good Shepherd, seek me out and bring me home in accord with your will. Let me dwell in Your house all the days of my life  and praise You for ever and ever with those who are there. 
AMEN
Prayer From St.Jerome (342-420) Priest, Writer and Doctor of the Church

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St.Anselm Prayer For Those In Need

O Lord,  We bring before you  the distress and dangers of peoples and nations,  the scares of a world war, the pleas of the imprisoned and the captive,  the sorrows of the grief-stricken, the needs and pains of the refugee and those families seperated,  the impotence of the weak, the weariness of the despondent, and the fragility of the aging. O Lord, stay close to all of them, now and forever. 
AMEN
Adapted prayer of St Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) Bishop, Philosopher, Writer.

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A Prayer to God, Our Creator

Lord,  before the mountains were brought forth,  before the oceans roared  or before you had formed the earth and the world,  you are our God  and have been our dwelling in all generations. In you we find our rest, our comfort and our strength. 
For a thousand years in your sight is like yesterday when it has past,  or like a watch in the night.  Satisfy us every morning with your steadfast love,  so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
Our sins are many and are never hidden in your light and are laid before your countenance.  I lay them for you to truly judge me, Oh merciful Father!  I seek your forgiveness!
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us  and prosper for us the work of our hands- Oh prosper the work of our hands! 
AMEN
Prayer adapted from Psalm 90 Mike
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A Hearts Prayer

Lord, I know you know me more intimately than I know myself.  This thought not only frightens me, but makes me scared because I know the sins I have committed.  But I have relieved and renewed because I know you are a tender and loving God.  Although I am stained with sins that offend you,  I beg for your forgiveness to wash over me,  like a rushing river.  I am overwhelmed at the thought that you are a loving God,  who cares, protects, shepherds, watches, forgives, loves, and embraces  all of his children, as if they were the only one.  I love you, father, with my whole entire heart,  I see your love surrounding me in my life.  When I am blinded to those ways,  lift the veil from my eyes,  and open my heart to see your love always  embracing and filling me up.
My Lord and My God!
AMEN




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Prayer for Strength

Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings,  You have power over life and death.  You know even the things that are uncertain and obscure,  and our very thoughts and feelings are not hidden from you.  Cleanse me from my secret faults,  for I have done wrong and you saw it.  You know how weak I am,  both in soul and in body.  Give me strength, O Lord,  in my frailty and sustain me in my suffering.  Grant me a prudent judgement, dear Lord,  and let me always be mindful of your blessings.  Let me retain until the end,  Your grace that has protected me till now. 

AMEN
Prayer from St Ephrem of Syria,  4th century Decon, Poet and doctor







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Divine Cooperation

Back in November I had officially become an uncle, when my cute little nephew was born into the world! I remember that night that he was born, my family had gone to the hospital to visit them, and all the attention, of course, was on the new born baby. Of course we all had to hold him and appropriately welcome him into the world. I remember when I held him, I simply just starred at him, in awe of how precious life is. My thoughts kept thinking about how much this young child will experience- the journey of life he is, at that moment of, clueless of. But in that one moment, the present mattered just as much as the future. He was faced with a world of experience ahead and at that moment learning the very basics of his survival.

     Today, instead of celebrating the twelfth Sunday of Ordinary time, we celebrate the solemnity of John the Baptist. Due to the numerous amounts of solemnities, feasts, memorials and celebrations within that the church has, the church has put forth a hie…

A Prayer to Love God Even More

Lord Jesus,  I see and feel that my love  is only a pale shadow  compared to the flame  of your love for me.  Give me a heart as vast as the universe.  so that I may love you - if not as much as you deserve-  at least as much as I can.
AMEN 
(Prayer of St Frances Xavier Cabrini)





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Prayer to Live What Jesus Taught

O Lord Jesus Christ,  grant us a measure of your Spirit.  Help us to obey your teaching,  soothe anger,  overcome desire, increase love, cast off sorrow,  shun vainglory,  renounce revenge,  and not be afraid of death.  Let us ever entrust our spirit to the everlasting God who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and rules forever and ever.
AMEN
(Prayer of St. Apollonius of Rome, ?-185) 




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A Culture of Vocations

Ever since I was a young kid, maybe in kindergarten or so, I was constantly in love with the church. I was fascinated with priests lives and their role during the mass too- It was always something so amazing, so attractive to me as a child. As I grew up I began to be inspired by my parish priest who would teach me many things about the faith, encourage me in my faith journey, and who would always answer any question I had ever though of about the faith. Further, he would be my guide to becoming an altar server and on how priests lived. Never did he once put me down, suppress my enthusiasm or tell me to leave him alone. He always invited me to ask, to learn, and to talk about anything and everything. It was through this priests example that my own calling, vocation and my own personal interest in the church, grew and grew, was made to feel that it was a normal calling to have and it was always supported.



     This is a support that is and was very much needed in my life, and in a…

Prayer For Vocations

O God, Father of all Mercies, Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor; preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.
Open the hearts of Your children that they may discern Your Holy Will; inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.
Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life guided by Your Divine Word and Truth. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. 
Amen.



Loving and Generous God, it is You who call us by name and ask us to follow You. Help us to grow in the Love and Service of our Church as we experience it today.
Give us the energy and courage of Your Spirit to shape its future
Grant us faith-filled leaders who will embrace Christ's Mission of love and justice.
Bless you…

The Intimate Shepherd

The other day I was talking to some of my closest, longest friends. As we were talking we were thinking about how we all met each other and who introduced who to each other, and we began to share what we all first thought of each other when we first met them. This not only made me thankful for these amazing people, but also the different meaningful relationships that we can develop throughout our lives, even in a mere number of years. It also made me realize the miracle that is our friendship and the journey that we have all been on and how no matter what has happened to us, we all have remained friends. A miracle, indeed!

      Each and every one of our lives is filled with many different interactions with friends, family and strangers. Each of these relationships in some shape or form has helped each of grow and become who we are today. Depending on how important each of these relationships is to us, depends on the strength of our commitment and effort that we put into them. …

A Repeated Prayer

Below are some biblical and non-biblical prayers that can be repeated multiple times, and repeated throughout the day. They are to help us to recenter ourselves on God and his beauty and greatness. Let us contemplate on these invocations and remember them in our heart of hearts. 

"My Lord and My God"  John 20:28 
"You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God"  Matthew 16:16
"Yes, Lord; You know that I love you"  John 21:15
"It is the Lord"  John 21: 7
"For you are my God" Psalm 143:10
"O God, have mercy on me a sinner"  Luke 18:13
"Stay with us, Lord"  Luke 24: 29
" Increase our faith" Luke 17:5
"For nothing is impossible with God"  Luke 1:37
"Truly this Man was the Son of God"  Matthew 27:54
"Lord, I love you" 
"Jesus, I believe in you" 
"Thanks be to you, God" 
"Your will be done" 
"Oh God, Help me" 
"Do not abandon me" 
"Heart of Jes…

The Easter Transformation

As a catechism teacher every Sunday for younger grades I get to amaze them with some of the basic things of our faith. For example they are always amazed and excited to know that Easter is not just a one day celebration but is actually 50 days. Normally they are excited when they hear that and ask why they do not get chocolate every single day for those fifty days. So this becomes a great moment to teach them that however unfortunate it is we do not get chocolate for fifty days in a row, (although I for one strongly believe we should make this a practice :) ) we have something much greater to be happy about-that Jesus is truly risen! That Easter is much more than the mere chocolate we eat, and that it is a joyful time because of the many transformations that take place in these times.

     Todays Gospel from Luke immediately follows the well known passage of the road to Emmaus. In fact, the disciples are just arriving back to Jerusalem to tell the eleven about the amazing things…

The Easter News

More and more frequently we hear the phrase "fake news" being tossed around about things
happening all around the world. Surely it is becoming more and more difficult to know the entire truth of an event or alleged situation with the variety of opinions, biases and interpretations that people, stations and reporters will put onto a story. With the advent of new medias and communications, it has become nearly impossible to understand where the truth is, and it often requires us to search and read multiple accounts before finding the truth of the reported story. Yet so often, we believe one story, one account, that we begin to get shaped into it, and demand solid evidence to be convinced otherwise.

     As Catholics however, we have the good news- the great news that saves the world! We have the good news of that the tomb is empty, that Jesus has risen from the dead. This is the news that reminds us of the infinite God, who is not defeated by death! We have the great ne…