Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Prayer To Our Lady Of Coromoto




Prayer To Our Lady Of Coromoto

English:

Beautiful Lady Mary, Virgin Mother of the Redeemer, with you we praise and glorify the Father in the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. We beseech you that, just as in Coromoto you guided the steps of the Indians towards the baptismal grace, you may now capture the heart of the Venezuelans, and bring them to the renewal of their faith.

Virgin of Coromoto, patron of Venezuela, bless the evangelistic action of the Church in our Country so that she might be a fortress and defend the faith of your children, and begin a renewal of the Christian customs.

Amen

Spanish:

Bella Señora Maria, Virgen Madre del Redentor, contigo alabamos y glorificamos al Padre, en el Espíritu Santo por Jesucristo. Te suplicamos que, así como en Coromomto guiaste los pasos de los indios hacia la gracia bautismal, cautives ahora el corazón de los venezolanos y los conduzcas a la renovación de la fe.
Virgen de Coromoto, patrona de Venezuela, bendice la acción evangelizadora de la Iglesia en nùestra Patria para que sea fortaleza y defensa de la fe de tus hijos y comienzo de una renovación de las costumbres cristianas.

Amen

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Waiting for Your Healing


For Sara & those who suffer
The nights become so long, Father,
as I await your gift of healing.
No matter the form in which it takes,
I accept it as from Your divine heart.
I suppose the most difficult part of this task
is waiting, Father.
I am broken, and need You to mend my physical state.
Help me have purpose while I wait;
to fill the long hours with long prayer
that I otherwise would have neglected,
if health had been mine.
Let me use this time as a tool, Father,
as I offer up what You have asked of me.
Let me recognize that You consider me capable of accepting this
as well as growing with it,
or You would never have brought it into my life.
Let me be quiet and still;
aware of the sounds of day and night,
all filled with Your life.
For the time being, I must observe life;
for tomorrow, I shall live the lessons
I have learned this day, and in this painful night.
Amen
Peace of Christ to ALL

Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Gospel of Luke



Chapter 2

"In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them."

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Peace of Christ.

The Noël of Pious Souls


Do you see this dear infant
In this stable so poor?
He is Lord the Almighty,
All powerful, True,
All crowns must adore Him
For His Hands hold us all!
This Child, the God of Armies!
This dear infant, so tiny,
In silence, He speaks.
Everything in the stable
Reveals Who He is.
His poverty tells us
His Love is extreme.
All is summed up in this:
How much we are loved!
The poor ox and the ass
This stable and cloths
Are choristers chanting
The praises of God.
Love this good little King,"They tenderly sing.
Tender Jesus, your plan
I now see it so clear!
You are born in this stable
To find a home in my heart.
Then enter it now
And let your glory find rest!
To be conquered by this Child,
O victory sweet!
Amen.
Saint Louis de Montfort

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL

Peace of Christ.

Friday, December 23, 2005

A Prayer For Priests


A Prayer For Priests

Keep them, I pray You, dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are Thine -
Your priests whose lives burn out before
Your consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure,
Shelter them in Your Heart.
Keep them, and comfort them in hours
O loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them, and O remember, Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord to bless.
--Amen--

Prayer to St. Nicholas


Father, hear our prayers for mercy, and by the help of Saint Nicholas keep us safe from all danger, and guide us on the way of salvation. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Peace of Christ.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Twas the Night Before Christmas


As we near Christmas let us remember our service men and women.

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see;
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the mantle, just boots filled with sand,
and on the wall pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
a sobering thought came to my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and so dreary;
the home of a solider now I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in such order,
not how I pictured a United States Soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I'd just read,
curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families that I saw this night,
owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon round the world the children would play,
and grownup would celebrate a bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year
because of the soldiers like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye
as I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps."
The soldier rolled over and soon drifted to sleep.
I couldn't control it; I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent so still,
and we both shivered from the cold evening's chill.
I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, and with a voice soft and pure,
whispered, "Carry on Santa, It's Christmas Day. All is secure."
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
"Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."

Semper Fi!
Peace of Christ to ALL

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Prayer for the Family


O God of goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly guidance we commend our family, our household and all our belongings. We commit all to Thy love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as Thou didst fill the holy House of Nazareth with Thy presence.
Keep far from us, above all else, the blemish of sin, and do Thou alone reign in our midst by Thy law, by Thy most holy love and by the exercise of every Christian virtue. Let each one of us obey Thee, love Thee and set himself to follow in his own life Thine example, that of Mary, Thy Mother and our Mother most loving, and that of Thy blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.
Protect us and our house from all evils and misfortunes, but grant that we may be ever resigned to Thy divine will even in the sorrows which it shall please Thee to send us. Finally give unto all of us the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fullness of love toward our neighbor. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Thy holy Sacraments at the hour of death. O Jesus, bless us and protect us.
O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit, reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping, that so we may be made worthy of His promises.
Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Savior, guardian of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us and defend our home at all times.
Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost!
Amen.
Peace of Christ to ALL

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Prayer To St. Clare of Assisi



O glorious St. Clare!

God has given you the power of working miracles continually,
and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke your
assistance in misfortune, anxiety and distress.

We beseech you to obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary,
His Blessed Mother, what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully,
if it be for the greater honor and glory of God and for the good of Our Souls.
Amen.

Peace of Christ to ALL

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Acts 8:26-40


26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza: this is desert. 27 And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore. 28 And he was returning, sitting in this chariot, and reading Isaias the prophet. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?
31 Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32 And the place of the scripture which he was reading was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb without voice before his shearer, so openeth he not his mouth. 33 In humility his judgment was taken away. His generation who shall declare, for his life shall be taken from the earth? 34 And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at this scripture, preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said: See, here is water: what doth hinder me from being baptized? 37 And Philip said: If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answering, said: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch: and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found in Azotus; and passing through, he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Prayer for the Dignity of Human Life


Lord and giver of all life,
help us to value each person, created in love by you.
In your mercy,
guide and assist our efforts
to promote the dignity and value
of all human life, born and unborn.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Peace of Christ to ALL

Thursday, December 08, 2005

To Our Blessed Mother


We fly to your protection, most holy Mother of God; please listen to our petitions and needs, and deliver us from all dangers, ever glorious and blessed Virgin Mary.
Mary, our model and mother, by your obedience and patience you have taught us how to be true children of God. Please help us by your powerful assistance to overcome all our weaknesses, and to fulfill perfectly our tasks in life.
By your compassionate aid may we ever stand in spirit with you beneath the cross of Christ so that we may also rejoice with you in your divine Son's triumphant victory over sin and death.
In your maternal kindness help us to be faithful to prayers in the company of God's Church as you were one with the Apostles in the upper room as you waited for the promised Spirit of Pentecost.
With your gracious assistance may we be near you in the glory of Christ's kingdom come to sing with you and all the faithful the eternal praise of God.
Amen.

V. O Mary, conceived without sin,

R. Pray for us who have recourse to you.
You are all fair, O Virgin Mary,
You never knew the stain of sin;
You are the glory of Jerusalem,
You, the joy of Israel,
You, the great honor of our people,
You, the advocate of sinners.
O Mary, Virgin most prudent,
O Mary, Mother most merciful,
Pray for us,
Intercede for us with our Lord,
Jesus Christ.
Amen.
Peace of Christ to ALL

Sunday, December 04, 2005

St. Gianna Beretta Molla Prayer


O God, who have said that there is no greater love than that of giving one's life for the beloved person, we thank you having given us in Blessed Gianna a shining example of true love and respect for life. Help us understand, to live and to spread this her message. Revive in all wives in the world the sense of their mission and the respect for every life which is God's gift, at the cost of sacrifice.
Give us the grace that we await and the joy of proclaiming "Saint" Gianna who, on the example of Jesus, has generously given her life for the life of others. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Peace of Christ to ALL

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Family Prayer



God made us a family

We need one another

We love one another

We forgive one another

We work together

We play together

We worship together

Together we use God's word

Together we grow in Christ

Together we love all men

Together we serve our God

Together we hope for Heaven

There are our hopes and ideals

Help us to attain them, O God,

Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Amen.
Peace of Christ to ALL

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