Saturday, March 31, 2007

Carry Me Through



Carry me through today, Lord,


With Your gentle wings from above.


Carry me through today, Lord,


Let me feel Your love.


I shall not worry about tomorrow,


Yesterday is gone.


Just carry me through today, Lord,


That’s where I belong.


Through all my trails and troubles,


I know that You are there;


Sometimes it’s hard to see You


Through each tear and care.


Carry me through today, Lord,


Don’t let me slip away.


Tomorrow may be taken from me,


So carry me through today.












Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Prayer of Solace


May Christ support us all the day long,

till the shadows lengthen,

and the evening comes,

and the busy world is hushed,

and the fever of life is over

and our work is done.

Then in his mercy

may he give us a safe lodging,

and holy rest and peace at the last.


Amen.




Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Book of Wisdom Chapter 15:1-3



But you, our God, are good and true, slow to anger, and governing all with mercy. For even if we sin, we are yours, and know your might; but we will not sin, knowing that we belong to you. For to know you well is complete justice, and to know your might is the root of immortality.



Saturday, March 24, 2007

A PRAYER FOR LENT


O gracious Master,


infuse in our hearts


the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom


and open the eyes of our mind


that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel.


Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments,


so that having curbed all carnal desires,


we may lead a spiritual life,


both thinking and doing everything to please You.


For You, O Christ, our God,


are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies;


and to You we render glory,


together with Your eternal Father,


and with Your all holy,


life-creating Spirit,


now and ever, and forever.






Friday, March 23, 2007

The Universal Prayer


Lord, I believe in you, increase my faith.
I trust in you, strengthen my trust.
I love you, let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins, deepen my sorrow.

I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
And call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
Correct me with your justice,
Comfort me with your mercy,
Protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts, to be fixed on you;
My words, to have you for their theme;
My actions, to reflect my love for you;
My sufferings, to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me:
In the way you ask,
For as long as you ask,
Because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
Strengthen my will,
Purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
And to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weaknesses
And to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
A Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch,
Those under my authority,
My friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
Greed by generosity,
Apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
And reach out toward others.

Make me prudent in planning,
Courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering,
unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
Temperate in food and drink,
Diligent in my work,
Firm in my good intentions.

Let my conscience be clear,
My conduct without fault,
My speech blameless,
My life well-ordered.
Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.

Let me cherish your love for me,
Keep your law,
And come at last to your salvation.

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
That my true future is the happiness of heaven,
That life on earth is short,
And the life to come eternal.

Help me to prepare for death
With a proper fear of judgment,
But a greater trust in your goodness.
Lead me safely through death
To the endless joy of heaven.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen


Pope Clement XI

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Prayer for Souls in Purgatory


My Jesus,

by the sorrows Thou didst suffer in Thine agony in the Garden,

in Thy scourging and crowning with thorns,

on the way to Calvary,

in Thy crucifixion and death,

have mercy on the souls in purgatory,

and especially on those that are most forsaken;

do Thou deliver them from the terrible torments they endure;

call them and admit them to Thy most sweet embrace in paradise.


Amen.




Monday, March 19, 2007

The LiveSimply Prayer


Compassionate and loving God,


you created the world for us all to share,


A world of beauty and plenty.


Create in us a desire to live simply,


so that our lives may reflect your generosity.


Creator God,


you gave us responsibility for the earth,


a world of riches and delight.


Create in us a desire to live sustainably,


so that those who follow after us


may enjoy the fruits of your creation.


God of peace and justice,


you give us the capacity to change,


to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.


Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,


so that pillars of injustice crumble


and those now crushed are set free.








Friday, March 16, 2007

LOOK UPON THE FACE


O Almighty and Eternal God,

look upon the Face of Thy Son Jesus.

We present It to Thee with confidence to implore Thy pardon.

The All-Merciful Advocate opens His mouth to plead our cause;

hearken to His cries,

behold His tears, O God,

and through His infinite merits

hearken to Him when He intercedes

for us poor miserable sinners.


Amen.




Thursday, March 15, 2007

Love


O God,

you call us

to yourself

through love.

Life is the home

of your grace.

Life is the evidence

of your hope in us.


You draw us

to yourself

by touching

the places

of blessing

that gift us

to human life.


We now lift

those gifts

to you

with the hope

of holy union...

Bless our hearts

with love

for you and

one another.


Inspire our spirits

with freedom

and devotion.

Challenge our minds

with truth.

Nourish our strength

with courage.


Focus our conversion

away from fire

and ashes...

to the burning

transformation

of action,

that we might

place desire

on the altar

of experience.


Amen.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Silence


God of silence,
perhaps what is
mute within us
is merely
your Word
beyond words.
You call forth
this Word
in Jesus,
who loosens
tongues to articulate
the meaning of faithful love.
The light of daily miracles
casts out
the darkness
and celcomes in
the kingdom...
for you join us
in Jesus.
Forgive us
when we resist
your invitation
to accept
the mystery
of your Word.
Enable us to walk
each day
in the shade
of that truth.
Teach us
how to live
with one another.
Do not allow
our lack
of understanding
to be a source
of conflict
but the assurance
of your presence...
a presence
beyond our grasp
yet within our reach.

Amen.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Colossians Chapter 4:1-6



Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, realizing that you too have a Master in heaven. Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; at the same time, pray for us, too, that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak of the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, as I must speak. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one.




Sunday, March 11, 2007

LENTEN PRAYER


Almighty and Everlasting God,

You have given the human race

Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.

He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man

And giving His life on the Cross.

Help us to bear witness to You

By following His example of suffering

And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.


Amen.


Our Father...


MARY, Mother of Jesus,

you were Jesus’ gift for us from the Cross.

He gave you to us as our mother.

Intercede for all our needs.


Hail Mary...


Glory Be...




Friday, March 09, 2007

A PRAYER FOR LENT


O gracious Master,

infuse in our hearts

the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom

and open the eyes of our mind

that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel.

Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments,

so that having curbed all carnal desires,

we may lead a spiritual life,

both thinking and doing everything to please You.

For You, O Christ, our God,

are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies;

and to You we render glory,

together with Your eternal Father,

and with Your all holy,

life-creating Spirit,

now and ever, and forever.


Amen.




Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Open our eyes


God of goodness,
how many times
have we passed
through the door
of our homes
and missed
the hungers of you?
We find ourselves
laden with bread,
yet many
still cry for
mere crumbs.
What is wrong with our vision?
Why does it tunnel
down our paths
and capture
only the poor
of our choosing?
Why are we
so narrow
in defining needs?
Jesus sensed
what could not
be seen
and noticed needs
as in rhythm
with his every breath.
Teach us through him
to be attentive to our actions,
worthy of our words,
generous with our giving
so that another's thirst
may reach our own throats
and be satisfied by the cooling waters
of our compassion.
Amen.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Through it all...




God does not take away conflict or pain. God offers me healing within and blessing throughout.

"Promise me that these sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and the other at your left, in your kingdom." In reply Jesus said, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink of the cup I am to drink of?" (Mt 20:21-22).

O God,
your kingdom
is not one of
conflict and power,
but one of
kinship.
You desire
relationship
not rivalry
and so empower
greatness
with humility,
and meekness
with strength.
Places of honor
are wounds in
your right hand
and left.

With our brother,
Jesus,
you bid us
gather 'round
and share a cup
of blood and tears...
to drink death
before the promised
dawn.

How foolish we are
to think that pushing
our way to you
avoids the pull
of one another.
Forgive...forgive us
who look for answers
in a balance
of heaven and earth
but leave no room
for the ballast
of your wisdom.
Forgive us the egos
that edge you out
of our holiness.

Amen.

Monday, March 05, 2007

A Good Complexion


A dear old lady was asked what she used to make her complexion so beautiful and her whole being so bright and attractive. She answered:
I use for my lips ~~ truth;
I use for my voice ~~ kindness;
I use for my ears ~~ compassion;
I use for my hands ~~ charity;
I use for my figure ~~ uprightness;
I use for my heart ~~ love;
I use for anyone who doesn't like me ~~ prayer.
Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.
~~~Philippians 4:8
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
~~~Galatians 5:22-23
Let all that you do be done with love.
~~~ I Corinthians 16:14

Friday, March 02, 2007

Give...


Jesus said to his disciples: "Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate....For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you" (Lk 6:36-38).

God of unconditional love,
of freedom
beyond-all-measure...
how do we fathom
within our own hearts
a depth of self-giving
so much more
than our experience?
How do we enter your boundless generosity,
for we measure not beyond-all-measure?
Help us, O God...
Help us to exchange the weight of judgment
for the freedom of forgiveness.
To clothe our brothers and sisters
with the garment of compassion.
To let mercy make a home in our hearts,
and truth the door through which we pass...
And there so enter upon the way of Jesus
who is life beyond-all-measure.
Amen

:)

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