42. Prayer for Ukraine
41. PRAYER FOR THE FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY
40. Arthur Ashe Why Me? Response
39. Camino Blessings
38. Prayer for Father's day
God our Father
We give you thanks and paise for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation;
May they find courge and perseverance to balance work,
family and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering;
May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longe with us but who live forev er in our memory
and nourish us with their love.
37. A Prayer for Vocations
Lord make me a better person
more considerate towards others
more honest with myself
more faithful to you.
Make me generous
enough to want sincerely to do your will
whatever it may be.
Help me find my true vocation in life,
and grant that through it I may find happiness myself
and bring happiness to others. Amen
36. What it is to Love (Prayer of Eusebius, 3rd century)
35. Prayers to St Joseph
34. Audrey Hepburn's Beauty Secrets
33. “A Prayer for Healthcare Workers during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19"
we place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are
doing to heal and help those affected by the
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families.
31. “God's Healing Hand"
To our brothers and sisters
who have contracted and are suffering due to the Coronavirus Disease,
we pray that God’s healing hand may rest upon you.
To medical doctors, nurses and the supporting staff
who are in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19
May the Good Lord sustain you and inspire you to render your life-saving services with
due care, love and compassion.
To all those who have lost their loved ones due to the Coronavirus outbreak,
we convey our deepest sympathies.
We pray that their souls, through God’s mercy, may rest in eternal peace.
We pray that God may grant all bereaved families his consolation and strengthen their faith and hope in Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord. Amen
30. Advent - The Season of Waiting
29. “And death shall have no dominion”
Is a poem written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914–1953). The title comes from St. Paul’s epistle in Romans 6:9.
And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.
28. Forget Me Knot
27. Our Church
26. Celtic Blessing
25. A Prayer
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always be at your back
The sunshine warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May the roof of your house never fall in,
and those beneath it never fall out.
22. The Teacher & The CEO
21. From an Irish Independent Editorial
“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” Marcus Aurelius Roman Philosopher
(It's a question worth engaging with, instead of succumbing to the spontaneous spate of lashing out indiscriminately – a red mist that has descended across the land… Anger, like all emotion, is involuntary. It should always get a hearing, but should never be relied upon for the final verdict.
20. Everyday I need You
19. The Pilgrims Beatitudes
18. Prayer to the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit –
Replace the tension within me with holy relaxation;
Replace the turbulence within me with a sacred calm;
Replace the anxiety within me with a strong faith;
Replace the bitterness within me with the sweetness of Your grace;
Replace the darkness within me with Your guiding light;
Replace the coldness within me with a gentle warmth.
17. Be the Best of Whatever You Are By Douglas Malloch (1877-1938)
16. A Personal Reflection #2
15. Easter Prayer #2
Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it, and the
strength to complete it
14. “We need to rediscover the concreteness of small things, the small acts of kindness shown to those who are close to us, family, friends. We need to realise that our treasure lies in small things.”
– Pope Francis
13. Not Everything is Cancelled
Not Everything is Cancelled
Sun is not Cancelled
Spring is not Cancelled
Relationships are not Cancelled
Love is not Cancelled
Reading is not Cancelled
Devotion is not Cancelled
Music is not Cancelled
Imagination is not Cancelled
Kindness is not Cancelled
Conversations are not Cancelled
Hope is not Cancelled
12. A Funeral People
11. A Personal Reflection #1
Something I did not give much thought to until the pandemic arrived was how small the world is. I find it very frightening that a disease can strike so quickly and affect the whole world. Even though I learned that the catholic church is universal (Catholic means universal), I never gave it much thought until now.
We are united all over the world not just at a local level with our brothers and sisters in faith but we are in a bond that extends far beyond physically being present to one another.
We are TOGETHER in prayer, UNITED in faith and BOUND together in Jesus.
Thank you Lord for the gift of our faith. Let us remember each other in prayer that we may all experience the Love and Compassion of Jesus during this Easter season. Amen
10. Canticle Of Creation
9. TODAY I SAW A NURSE
8. A reflection on Pope Francis sermon on Friday night’s Urbi et Orbi
The Calming of the storm
7. Prayer during times of a Pandemic
6. An Old Prayer
During these days when people are prevented from receiving Holy Communion physically, we can still receive the gift spiritually. The following prayer is an old one, but one which can help us in these times.
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen
5. An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be seperated from You.
4. A Prayer for our Priests as they exercise their ministry during this time of the COVID-19
Eternal God, Be with our priests this day as they seek to minister to your people. May you be a guiding and protective presence with them as they bring the consolation and hope of Your word and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist to those entrusted into their care. Grant them the strength of mind and body, keep them safe to do your will, And give them the courage and peace to face each day with trust and confidence in You. Into your hands O God, we commend them; fill them with your grace and healing. Amen
3. A Prayer for Healthcare Workers during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19.
Loving God, we place into your care all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body. Keep them safe from harm. May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus. God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace. Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen
Thoughts of Brother Richard OFM Cap
March 13, 2020
1.This is a lovely read from Pope Francis.
Tonight before falling asleep think about when we will return to the street.
When we hug again, when all the shopping together will seem like a party.
Let's think about when the coffees will return to the bar, the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will be all a memory but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.
We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us. Every second will be precious.
Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.
We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage.
See you soon!
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