Prayers and

Reflections

 
 

Trusting, Knowing, Loving and Serving God

“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. When you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”

Life only makes sense with a belief and knowledge of God. If people really believed in God and lived by His Word we would have a much happier world. In fact we would have a situation akin to heaven on earth. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us to live by this gift.

If we are truly faithful to God we are at peace with ourselves and our neighbor. If we have total trust in God we are can truly follow His command about loving our ‘enemy’ for he will provide us with the grace for us to do so. Believe and trust in Him

He has no hands but our hands no feet but our feet. May the Holy Spirit guide our lives and by our example and witness come to know the love and generosity of our great God.

By ourselves we are broken. With the Lord we are made whole. We pray for those who search that they will find the peace of Christ. God loved us so much that he gave His only begotten Son so that we can have life. By our example may we lead others to Christ.

O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ – in atonement for my sins, in supplication for the holy souls in purgatory, and for the needs of the Holy Church.

God, there are so many who suffer

In today’s world

And so few who know

To forget their sorrow

 

I thank you God

Because your Son has risen from the dead

And put to death in my soul

The anguish of sin

 

I want to laugh,

I want to dream

I want to give to everyone

The joy of loving

Dear God, as a Catholic and as as Christian my ambition in life is to know you, to serve you, to love you, and love my neighbour as myself. Share the great joy and happiness only you can provide and above all Lord to do your blessed will.

Allow God to love you. Just open your heart and receive. Never believe you are beyond the reach of God’s Love. Even in your worst moments he is as close as your next breath. May the Lord help us open our hearts to his presence this very hour. Amen

Gracious God, May we worship You, Lord, with gladness.  May we come before You, singing with joy and acknowledge that You are the Lord God.  You made us and we are Yours.

God the Father, You will all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of Your truth. Send workers into your great harvest that the Gospel be preached to all and Your people gathered together by Your Word of Life and strengthened by the Sacraments, may advance salvation and love

Father, I come to you in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Please fill me with the power of Your Holy Spirit so I can be an effective witness for you (Acts 1:8).

When we grow strong in God’s grace we understand God’s love and forgiveness and learn to love and forgive others.

We are all made in God’s image. If we followed the way, the truth, and the Life we would have peace in our hearts and the grace to love our neighbour as ourselves.

Lord God, may we be grateful for our lot, and compassionate toward all those who are suffering every kind of distress or difficulty. May we hold back nothing, and hasten to be the ministers of prayer and mercy, like the disciples of Him who went about doing good in times of need

We were created by God to know Him, love Him and serve Him. Our destiny is finally to come back to Him. 
Our pilgrimage on this earth is a lifetime journey, we start coming closer to God when we have a conversion and try to do God's will, we come back finally to stay at the Father's house when we pass from this life to eternity. 

 

 

Let your cares go. Leave the cares to God and be at peace. Every act of true, blind complete surrender to God produces the effect you desire and resolves all difficult situations.

We thank God for our health and our strength. My beloved Mother taught me ‘there by the grace of God go I’ We pray for all who need our prayer at this time and thank God for all the blessings we have.

Whether it is in the home at work in the Church, or in our nation, as a matter of justice and gratitude for what we have been given we are called to be welcoming and hospitable to others. By these acts of gratuitousness we help build up the kingdom of God

Lord God, thank You for today. Thank You for my life. There are so many people around me, people I interact with on a daily basis. Please show me how I can help them. Help me to be less selfish and more thoughtful, willing to help where needed.

If we learn to hand over to our Father, our everyday cares, worries, concerns and place our total trust in Him in other words abandon ourselves totally to Him we will believe me begin to experience His great love and peace.

Lord God , today I pray for Modesty. Let my works be for Your glory and not for the praises of man. May everything that I do, be a reflection of  You and not to glorify me. In Jesus name, Amen!

Through the Law I am dead to the Law, so that now I can live with God. I have been crucified with Christ, and I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in this body I live in faith: faith in the Son of God who loved me and who sacrificed himself for my sake.

We are in ourselves worthy of God’s grace. We do not earn it, it is a gift of God to us. It beholds is to share this grace to everyone. I am content with weaknesses insults etc for the sake of Christ, for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:10

Do not receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament so that you may use him as you judge best, but give yourself to him and let him receive you in this Sacrament, so that he himself, God your saviour, may do to you and through you whatever he wills.

Lord God, may we be grateful for our lot, and compassionate toward all those who are suffering every kind of distress or difficulty. May we hold back nothing, and hasten to be the ministers of prayer and mercy, like the disciples of Him who went about doing good in times of need

Almighty Father, give us courage to proclaim the supreme dignity 

of all human life and to demand 

that society itself give its protection. 

We ask this in your name, 

through the redemptive act 

 

To Jesus

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner

We adore your cross O Lord, we praise and glorify your Holy Resurrection, for behold, because of the wood of a tree joy has come to the whole world.

Jesus said “Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you". Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of (your request)

​Our Father Hail Mary Glory be to the Father

 

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You

We can never tire of encountering Jesus. If we GENUINELY talk to him, listen to His Word and receive Him in the Eucharist we WILL come to know Him. God grant us the grace of hearing Him and listening to Him when HE TALKS to us.

Jn6:51

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven, 

says the Lord.

Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.

O Lord Jesus Christ, You have given us Your precious Body and Blood to be our meat and drink, grant that through frequent reception of You in the Holy Eucharist, I may be strengthened in mind and body to do Your holy will. Amen.

The day before his death on the Cross, Christ instituted the Eucharist in the Upper Room. He also offered bread and wine, which "in his sacred hands" (Roman Canon) became his Body and his Blood, offered in sacrifice. Thus he fulfilled the prophecy of the old covenant.

Lord by your passion death and resurrection lead us all to eternal life

because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world

O Jesus, I abandon myself to you. Jesus, you take over.

The death of Jesus to any objective observer seems like utter failure, to believe in the Lord seems stupid, but those with the eyes of faith can see the power of love in that death.

Jesus by your cross you redeemed me. I have done nothing to deserve this. Each time I sin I drive the nails deeper the thorns tighter. Yet you said ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do’ What a wonderful God we have. By your cross give me the strength to sin no more

This is God’s love. Look at the Crucifix and say to yourself: “God loves me.” It’s true, there are these limitations, these weaknesses, these sins, but He is greater than the limitations and the weaknesses and the sins.

Christ by your cross you redeemed us. By your rising and ascension you provide us with hope. By the gift of your Eucharist you provide us with the sustainance and strength for our daily journey through life.

I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations.

May the people Your Son gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

The Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ given by him to us as described in John 6. Some of his disciples left Him and he said to Peter if he was going. Peter said no Lord - You have the message of eternal life. Thank you Jesus for this great gift. May it strengthen us.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you," regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.

O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.

Dear Jesus, meek and mild,

help me live the simple life,

free from sin's uneasy strife;

sweetly ignorant of ill,

just innocent and happy still.

My Jesus, pardon and mercy, by the merits of Thy Holy Wounds. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee!

I prostrate myself before your holy image, o most gracious infant Jesus, to offer you my most fervent thanks for the blessings you have bestowed on me

The joy of the Christian comes from faith and from the encounter with Jesus Christ, the reason for our happiness. The more we are rooted in Christ, the more we find inner serenity, even in the midst of everyday contradictions

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

Jesus. By Your loving care protect the good You have given me. Open my eyes to the wonders of Your Love that I may serve You with a willing heart

With Jesus everything is possible.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that in the hour of our death we may be refreshed by Thy holy Sacraments and delivered from all guilt, and so deserve to be received with joy into the arms of Thy mercy. Through Christ our Lord.

Lord God, give us the grace to prepare for our last hour by a devout and holy life, and protect us against a sudden and unprovided death. Let us remember our frailty and mortality, that we may always live in the ways of your commandments. Teach us to "watch and pray"

Lord Jesus, pour into us the spirit of Thy love, that in the hour of our death we may be worthy to vanquish the enemy and attain unto the heavenly crown: Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.

Jesus’ mission in the world consists of “liberation from personal and social sin and the slavery that it produces”.

He came to earth to give back to men the dignity and freedom of the children of God, which only He can give.

 

 

Do not receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament so that you may use him as you judge best, but give yourself to him and let him receive you in this Sacrament, so that he himself, God your saviour, may do to you and through you whatever he wills.

​St Cajetan

Satan is alive and well. How fortunate we are in having a loving God who gave his only Son to redeem save and strengthen us. I pray Lord Jesus that when my time comes to meet You, that I will know You, and know You as a friend.

Lord, help me to hear You calling me to stop what I’m doing and to simply rest in Your divine presence.  May I find those moments every day in which I can be refreshed in Your presence.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Morning Prayer

 

Jesus, shine through me and be so in me that every person I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. My God, send me thy Holy Spirit to teach me what I am and what thou art! May the Passion of Christ be ever in our heart.

Good Morning God! You are ushering in another day, untouched and freshly new. So here I am to ask you, God, if You'll renew me too.

Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You.

Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You, and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

All for Thee, oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, all for Thee

Lord God, thank You for today. Thank You for my life. There are so many people around me, people I interact with on a daily basis. Please show me how I can help them. Help me to be less selfish and more thoughtful, willing to help where needed.

Lord, my life is Yours. I give myself to You for the purpose of spreading Your Mercy now and for eternity. Use me as You will, dear Lord. I offer myself as a willing instrument of Your Mercy in our world. Jesus, I trust in You.

Dear Lord, I pray that you would give me strength to be strong for You in the world today. Lord, you know the struggles that I will face today. Be with me as I go through them. Carry me if I am too weak to move. If I stumble in them, forgive me Father. When I succeed in them, I will praise You! You are worthy of all praise and honor. Amen.

Today, let us give all that we have to the Lord and let him do the rest. Relay and depend on God. He will work wonderous miracles. Amen

O my God! Relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

 I thank you, Lord, for having preserved me during the night. I will do my best to make all I do today pleasing to You and in accordance with Your will. My dear mother Mary, watch over me this day. My Guardian Angel, take care of me. St. Joseph and all you saints of God, pray for me..

Lord, one more day to love you!

O Jesus, watch over me always, especially today,Lord, today is the day I begin!

Jesus, shine through me and be so in me that every person I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. Amen

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit
That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit
That my work too may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit
That I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit
To defend all that is holy,
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit
That I always may be Holy.
-- St. Augustine


 

Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily;
to lean on your great strength, trustfully, restfully;
to wait for the unfolding of your will, patiently, serenely;
to meet others, peacefully, joyfully;
to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.
Amen.

I pray this morning that I will surrender my spirit completely to You. Use me as You please in anything that you want.

This morning Dear Lord I reflect on St Therese and her 'little way' I take You at your word letting Your love for us wash away my sins and imperfections. Give me the grace never to sin against You again. Amen

Lord, this morning, I give You my life, my cares, my concerns and my future. I trust You in all things. I surrender all. Help me to trust You more each day and to turn to You in complete abandonment. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen

 

 

 

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not count the cost;
to fight and not heed the wounds;
to toil and not seek for rest;
to labor and not ask for reward, except to know
that I am doing your will.
Amen.
-- St. Ignatius of Loyola

Thank you, Lord God, for the wonderful sounds of nature and the cool breeze brushing through the trees making the birds sing beautiful melodies. You are a great Father, Lord, always full of grace and mercy. I praise you, Father, for allowing me to live another beautiful day in Your Kingdom

(for the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels) Angel of God my Guardian Dear To whom God's love commits thee here Ever this day be at my side. To light and Guard To rule and guide. Amen.

Dear Lord in this troubled world You are an oasis of Peace and Love. Let me be at peace within myself and in my small way a light of love for thee. Amen

My Lord another day dawns but without you I am nothing Show me this day Your way so I may know and love you a little more before the sun goes down this evening. Amen

Lord as I wake this morning How blessed I am that I can call on You. For those times I have rejected You forgive me But I have been blessed again with your love and forgiveness. For when I am week I am strong. Amen

Jesus, shine through me and be so in me that every person I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. My God, send me thy Holy Spirit to teach me what I am and what thou art! May the Passion of Christ be ever in our heart.

My Jesus As I kneel before you this morning unworthy though I am Heal my body and my soul and fill me with your love. Amen

This morning dear Lord I pray for all those who have suffered in any way by the actions of Church people. I pray that those hurt recognise this is not Your wish and that they will not turn from You. Amen

Lord this morning enlighten my mind with truth inflame my heart with love inspire my will with courage pardon what I have been sanctify what I am and order what I shall be. Amen

Let us pray. Grant, we beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants,
may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession
of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter
into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

This morning Lord I pray for all those who may not like me. I pray that I may reach out to them as a friend. I pray for them that they may forgive anything I have done. In You I am rich enough and I ask for nothing more.

O My Jesus How wonderful You are. Give us this day Our daily bread and keep us safe from all temptation, So when evening comes, I am even closer to you, Than I am now. Amen

Lord help me this morning to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together can’t handle. Amen.

Dear Lord This morning I abandon myself to You All my fears, my troubles, my problems. With confidence I say, O Jesus I abandon myself to you, Jesus You take over. Amen.

Lord, You know that there are struggles I will go through today. I pray that you be with me as I go through them. Carry me when I am too weak. If I stumble into temptation, forgive me Father. Lead me away from them, Father. I need Your strength to overcome these evils.

Lord, one more day to love you! O Jesus, watch over me always, especially today, Lord, today is the day I begin! Jesus, shine through me and be so in me that every person I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. Amen

Today when I see the sun may I think of the Son who died for us. May He shine His light directly on me and may I be a reflection of that light in the world today. Amen

Another morning Lord And I thank You for it. But Lord, I am well aware, I can't make it on my own. So take my hand and hold it tight, for I cannot walk alone. Amen

The most powerful 11 Word novena -

 

O Jesus, I abandon myself to You, Jesus, You take over.

 

For Life and For Families

The family that prays together stays together

God, author of all life, bless, we pray, this unborn child; give constant protection and grant a healthy birth that is the sign of our rebirth one day into the eternal rejoicing of heaven...

Give us courage to speak with truth and love and with conviction in defence of life. To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Everyone has the fundamental right to life from the unborn child to the elderly. To the detriment of society abortion and euthanasia are becoming accepted. We pray to God that all life is seen as precious.

Heavenly Father the beauty and dignity of human life was the crowning of your creation. You further ennobled that life when your Son became one with us in his incarnation. Help us to realise the sacredness of human life from the moment of conception until the last moment at death

God made the earth and all within. Let us not only use His creation wisely and carefully but remember our responsibilities to our fellow human beings God’s creation as well including the many unborn children doomed to die because of our lack of responsibility.

Almighty Father, give us courage to proclaim the supreme dignity 

of all human life and to demand 

that society itself give its protection. 

We ask this in your name, 

through the redemptive act 

Please God we pray that the Holy Spirit will lead all young people in the way of the truth but more importantly that those who guide them too are lead by the Spirit. Come Holy Spirit guard us all that we always may be holy and follow the path of truth. Amen.

Jesus said ‘unless you become like little children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.’ Holy Spirit help those who are responsible for children but not let us forget the need for a childlike love of God.

Mary, Mother of all the living, keep grandparents constantly in your care, accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage, and by your prayers, grant that all families may one day be reunited in our heaven where you await all humanity for the great embrace of life without end. Amen!

Lord Jesus, help families and society to value the presence and roles of grandparents. May they never be ignored or excluded, but always encounter respect and love. Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed in all the years of life which you give them.

Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne. Look with love on grandparents the world over. Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society. Support them! As they grow older.

The Holy Family can serve today as advocates of every family who sees life taking unexpected and sometimes alarming turns. They stand before us as models of faith, hope and trust—people who embraced all that in spite of everything they encountered

“Love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). On this simple phrase hangs the success of every marriage and family. In the light of Christ’s love we see our family’s divine potential. And as we do, our ordinary family is transformed into an extraordinary one.

I pray that Jesus Who loves us so much will give us the strength and grace to do God’s will and to bring His message of peace into our families and into our world. A world at prayer is a world at peace.

Whether it is in the home at work in the Church, or in our nation, as a matter of justice and gratitude for what we have been given we are called to be welcoming and hospitable to others. By these acts of gratuitousness we help build up the kingdom of God

Gracious God,

give to young people the courage and strength

to make the right decisions

as they journey through life.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit,

may they come to know and experience your loving care.

We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen

We pray that children may once again enjoy their childhood. May the Holy Spirit guide their parents to enable their children to develop in a loving environment and in so doing instill in them the love that God has for them.

Love

 

The greatest gift given by God is love. God is love and with His love we can love Him and our neighbor. God loved us so much that He gave His only Son for our lives. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love never fails.

The Greatest Commandment - Love your Lord your God above all thing and your neighbour as yourself. Help us love each other as we love ourselves. ... May we submit ourselves to one another— considering others more important than ourselves, putting the others' interests ahead of our own.

God loved us so much that he gave His only Son to redeem us from our sins. Lord give me the grace despite my unworthiness to be your servant and spread the gospel of Love.

By his the cross Jesus, our Redeemer, showed us how to love. Oh my God if we followed the way of Jesus in our love for our neighbour how great this world would be. Give us the grace to achieve this and become not a lukewarm Christian but a true follower of Christ.

Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.  In this the love of God, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

Jesus suffered for us - he offered himself for all. We must follow his example otherwise we are not true to ourselves or more importantly to Him

What?    Giving again???   

I asked in dismay.

And must I keep giving and giving away?

Oh no said the Lord piercing me through,

just give until God stops giving to you!!

Almighty, ever-living God, Your incarnate Son taught us that those who suffer for your name are blessed. Give love for their neighbor to all people of goodwill.Inspire rulers and governments to work tirelessly for peace, justice and freedom for all.

If we live in Jesus and Jesus in us we can only live in His love. Then we can portray that love to others so others can come to the comfort of his great love and peace.

God sent the Holy Spirit to provide us with the strength to continue in His way.  Come Holy Spirit fill our hearts with your love so we can love God above all things and our neighbour as ourselves.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me, and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

Only by the love of Christ resting in our hearts can we bring these imperfect bodies to perfection in Heaven. Lord on that journey to you please open our hearts and our minds to Your great love for us and allowing us to be your witnesses here in this life.

Jesus said to the Father ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do.’ He said ‘love one another as I have loved you. Jesus give me the grace to follow your example.

Jesus I offer my sufferings with yours on the cross. I offer my joy with your resurrection. I offer my love as you have shown your love for me and I offer my life to you to do your will. Amen

We do not know the hour. God did not spare time redeeming us. Let us love our neighbours accordingly. Remember He has no hands but ours

When we realise how much our God loves us and accept His Son Jesus Christ  as our Saviour and redeemer our lives will be transformed.

Thankfully we have his Word He is always with us even to the ends of time. Please God when He comes to us we will recognise Him and his infinite love for us. So when our life comes to an end and we meet Him, He will not be a stranger but a friend.

No human nature and corrupting power devoid of God is the cause of war, strife, division, repression, suffering and death. God is love. He calls on us no matter what the personal cost to love our neighbour as ourselves.

Jesus said ‘You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church, and the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against you.’ He also said ‘I am with you even till the ends of the earth. God Bless You.

To love another person is to see the face of God

Come O Holy Spirit, enlighten the minds of your faithful. Keep us from all evil and lead us to love our neighbour and by good deeds and actions help us achieve our final reward in heaven.

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I love what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.

 

For Our Troubled World

We pray for for all suffering people particularly those in the Middle East. The situation is unforgivable. Whilst on our own we can do little we join all our prayers with yours to the Holy Spirit to guide everyone on the path of righteousness.

Mistreatment of any human being is wrong never mind torture. Jesus said ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ and in another ‘ whatever you do to the least of My children you do unto Me’.

Lord God, no one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care. In your kindness, watch over refugees and bring them back safely to the place where they long to be and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and to all in need through Christ our Lord

Jesus said - unless you become like little children you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We pray that all children born and unborn will experience the richness of God and that we in turn pray for the eradication  of poverty, oppression, wars and famine.

May the Christ Candle we light symbolise our desire to bring light into a world of darkness and hope into a world of despair. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

We are all citizens of this Earth. All God’s children. Jesus is God of all no matter where they were born. We are bound in a proper society to respect the rights of all. I trust when we arrive at heavens door God will welcome us all equally.

Lord, protect all refugees in their travels. May they find a friend in me. And so make me worthy Of the refuge I have found in you.

Power corrupts and it is at the root of European politics including Brexit. Governments should care for the common good of all their citizens and come together as one. The more unchristian we become the less we seem to care for each other especially the poor and those in need.

We are pilgrims on a journey,

and companions on the road.

We are here to help each other,

walk the mile and bear the load

 

To Mary

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

Mary who lead Jesus through his life help us on our journey to your divine Son. Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

We all are poor with our human imperfections but in Christ we are rich beyond belief. Mary provides us with the lead. She gave herself for her divine Son and for all of us. Let us follow then her example knowing in love it will bring us closer to God.

The two greatest miracles of the Annunciation are these: that God gave Mary the wisdom to know the consequences of her decision, and that he gave her the grace not to be overwhelmed by that knowledge.

God of mercy, 
give us strength. 
May we who honour the memory of the Mother of God rise above our sins and failings with the help of her prayers. Amen

Lord,
as we honor the glorious memory of the Virgin Mary, 
we ask that by the help of her prayers 
we too may come to share the fullness of your grace. 

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee.

He has taken her to live with him,
 - his loved one from the beginning.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
 - The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning. 

Lord God,
give to your people the joy
of continual health in mind and body.
With the prayers of the Virgin Mary to help us,
guide us through the sorrows of this life
to eternal happiness in the life to come.

Lord,
may the prayers of the Virgin Mary
bring us protection from danger
and freedom from sin
that we may come to the joy of your peace.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you chose the Virgin Mary to be your mother,
a worthy home in which to dwell.
By her prayers keep us from danger
and bring us to the joy of heaven,

 

To Withstand Life's Difficulties

Lord, I know that you love me, help me to remember that there is nothing going to happen to me this day that you and I together cannot handle

Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way. Help me live today in a way that brings honor to Your holy name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Always remember - God Loves you. Never feel alone and unwanted. You are a precious child of God no matter what your circumstance. He waits for you. Place your trust in Him. He will never abandon you even if you abandon yourself.       May God bless you.

Jesus said - I offer you a peace that the World cannot give,

Therefore do not let your hearts be troubled

Trust in God now and trust in Me

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defence of my life; Whom shall I dread? - Psalm 27:1

This is God’s love. Look at the Crucifix and say to yourself: “God loves me.” It’s true, there are these limitations, these weaknesses, these sins, but He is greater than the limitations and the weaknesses and the sins.

In our despair, we to turn to God when we need help. 
Are we asking with faith or are we perhaps using God as a last resort? Are we instructing God to help us? 
We usually don't call Him in our good times to thank Him or praise Him, but we are very quick to call him when we are in trouble. Is it just? 
We wouldn't ask help from someone we don't know because we don't trust we will receive a good answer. This is why we must love God and know Him well. God is our Father and he showers his favors on good and bad alike, He is most gracious to those who love Him. 
The good thing is that no prayer goes unanswered. Now you may say but I have prayed and didn't receive what I asked for. You may think you are right, but God always answers in some way even if it is unknown to us. In fact, when we come to Him, we are already praising Him by accepting that He is God. When we don't receive what we ask we will receive other graces that we need more urgently. At least by praying, we are before our God and He will shine His light upon our souls being pleased that at least we call Him Father. In our encounter with God in prayer, we never leave empty-handed. 

I am very sensitive to every word that you say to me, even every sigh. I listen to your heart and I feel your brokenness, I never despise your prayer. I cause my grace to flow into your life when you come to me with a humble and contrite heart. 
If you live in mortal sin you have me crucified, then how can you expect to gain my favour? I nevertheless cause my goodness to come upon you in some way, even if it is leading you to repentance. Then when you pray with sincerity and contrition I give you what your need. Many times it has been declared by the Divine Will that you must suffer in order to purify your soul, in that case, your prayer may not be answered as you expect, but my grace will flow into your life or the lives of others as a holy fountain that never dries. Prayer is the way you talk to me, so your prayers are never a waste of time. I am always listening. 

I have come here because I have problems I have decided to come to you Lord for help. I feel sometimes that my prayers are not answered and my soul is suffering. You said, come to me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The Lord is the answer to all our needs. Let us recollect ourselves. It is time to get some relief.Let us surrender ourselves to the Divine Will and expect with confidence.

The Lord says: If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask in prayer." Mat 21:22 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mat 7:7 

The Lord says: 
He who comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37 
In fact, I have been waiting for all eternity for you to come to me and to stay with me. For now, live the plan I have conceived for you. It is my joy to have my creature come back to me. 

Come to me! My love is patiently waiting.

We were created by God to know Him, love Him and serve Him. Our destiny is finally to come back to Him. 
Our pilgrimage on this earth is a lifetime journey, we start coming closer to God when we have a conversion and try to do God's will, we come back finally to stay at the Father's house when we pass from this life to eternity. 

Problems are unwelcome and complicated situations for most people. Many times a personal problem can be just a matter of our own personal attitude. 
The Lord says: 

'I can take care of your problems if you offer them to me. Your prayer must truly come from your heart and you must believe completely that I, the Lord, can solve any situation whatsoever. 

With me, there is no mountain too high, no distance too far, no situation too difficult. I am in full control. 
Trust me!

 

For Peace and Goodness

To build peace we first must have peace in our hearts - the peace of Christ. From this everything else follows. May the peace of Christ settle within us and may that peace permeate within our homes and our community spreading its love.

God gave his son Jesus to die for us on the cross. His final words included ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do’ May we take this as our inspiration and help that we too can be as generous and show the way to the love of God.

Heavenly Father we ask for the compassion to follow the inspiring example of the good Samaritan. Help us to embrace and bring comfort to those suffering immensely. Let us remember that each day that we help someone we are helping you. Amen.

With the demise of the family society is breaking down. We pray that whatever struggles families experience they will turn to God for help. He is there and will help. We pray that families and all people return to God in prayer - the family that prays together stays together.

Contrary to the growing consumerist individualism that tends to isolate us in a quest for well-being apart from others, our path to holiness can only make us identify all the more with Jesus’ prayer “that all may be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you” (Jn 17:21).

Help us dear Jesus, open our hearts. So that we can embrace each other with tenderness, let us sow the seeds of tolerance, love and service. And with God's blessings, we will live a life full of joy and harmony.

Most of us want to help others. Life is like a ocean, we sometimes need to throw out a life preserver to someone overboard. Today, lets just take one small step. Let’s just pray that when we have a chance to assist, we can and will.

This is what Jesus asks and expects of us. Lord let me serve you and by so doing others. Give me the great strength of gentleness and the power to love others especially at times when I do not find it easy

Jesus we who love Thee are under constant attack from Satan. Give us the knowledge dear Lord, to understand these and with Your strength to overcome them and to love You even more. With You I am rich enough and I ask for nothing more.

Jesus said, love your Lord and God above all things and your neighbour as yourself. In my younger days this was a way of life. Now in this society as people have turned from Christ it is a selfish closed door society. The more I see of modern thinking - the more I believe in God.

We thank God for our health and our strength. My beloved Mother taught me ‘there by the grace of God go I’ We pray for all who need our prayer at this time and thank God for all the blessings we have.

The world will never be the dwelling place of peace till peace has found a home in the heart of each and every person, till every person preserves in himself the order ordained by God to be preserved.

A world at prayer is a world at peace

Most of us want to help others. Life is like a ocean, we sometimes need to throw out a life preserver to someone overboard. Today, lets just take one small step. Let’s just pray that when we have a chance to assist, we can and will.

When we grow strong in God’s grace we understand God’s love and forgiveness and learn to love and forgive others.

We are all made in God’s image. If we followed the way, the truth, and the Life we would have peace in our hearts and the grace to love our neighbour as ourselves.

Lord God, 

hear my prayer, show me the way to peace. 

Guide my life  so that my faults and sins 

may not keep me from the peace You promised. 

May the new life of grace You give me 

through the Eucharist and prayer 

make my love for You grow

and keep me in the joy of Your Kingdom

We are all made in God’s image. If we followed the way, the truth, and the Life we would have peace in our hearts and the grace to love our neighbour as ourselves.

God the Father, You will all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of Your truth. Send workers into your great harvest that the Gospel be preached to all and Your people gathered together by Your Word of Life and strengthened by the Sacraments, may advance salvation and love

Lord God, thank You for today. Thank You for my life. There are so many people around me, people I interact with on a daily basis. Please show me how I can help them. Help me to be less selfish and more thoughtful, willing to help where needed.

Let us give all that we have to the Lord and let him do the rest. Relay and depend on God. He will work wonderous miracles. Amen

If you wish peace to reign in your homes - recite the family rosary

Jesus said ‘unless you become like little children you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” Lord Jesus give me a childlike love of all mankind each and everyone made in your image and all of whom sinners or saints you love and open Your Sacred Heart to them.

Lord, 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.

Help us dear Jesus, open our hearts. So that we can embrace each other with tenderness, let us sow the seeds of tolerance, love and service. And with God's blessings, we will live a life full of joy and harmony.

When we grow strong in God’s grace we understand God’s love and forgiveness and learn to love and forgive others.

We pray for peace in this troubled world. We pray that all may return to peace, in hearts, in homes and countries but let it begin with me. 

Lord God, may we be grateful for our lot, and compassionate toward all those who are suffering every kind of distress or difficulty. May we hold back nothing, and hasten to be the ministers of prayer and mercy, like the disciples of Him who went about doing good in times of need

Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son. Amen

 

A Time For Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen

It is only through those quiet moments that the words of the Lord can leap into our hearts and give us peace that truly surpasses our understanding (Philippians 4:7)

I come before you today Lord,

ready for the challenges

facing me.

Help me to keep the spirit

of Your word alive in my heart.

I know that

You are always with me,

at home or at work,

among strangers or friends,

faced with struggles or joys.

Always be with me, Lord, and guide me

Jesus, my brother,

walk with me today as

I continue on my journey.

Give me patience

and understanding,

courage and grace.

Help me to be strong in

body, mind and spirit, and

lead me along the path of

compassion and forgiveness,

kindness and love.

Lord, help me to get comfortable in the quiet, still moments. Show me the importance of stopping and removing distractions to spend time in your presence. I don’t want to talk over you but help me to discipline myself long enough to hear what it is that you have to say.

We can never tire of encountering Jesus. If we GENUINELY talk to him, listen to His Word and receive Him in the Eucharist we WILL come to know Him. God grant us the grace of hearing Him and listening to Him when HE TALKS to us.

Jesus said “Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you". Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of (your request)

​Our Father Hail Mary Glory be to the Father

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You

Everything good comes from God. I prayed at times and was not answered. Many years later I discover that what I asked for in sincerity would have been disastrous for me. The Lord hear my prayer, knew what was right for me and did answer my prayer. Please forgive me Lord my doubts

The Lord says: 
He who comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37 
In fact, I have been waiting for all eternity for you to come to me and to stay with me. For now, live the plan I have conceived for you. It is my joy to have my creature come back to me. 

Come to me! My love is patiently waiting.

Prayer is talking to God. Sometimes I pray in the traditional manner but most times I just talk to God. The greatest prayer of all is the Mass when we can truly come into the presence of God. He is always there for us even when we fail Him.

Lord, I give You my life, my cares, my concerns and my future. I trust You in all things. I surrender all. Help me to trust You more each day and to turn to You in complete abandonment. Jesus, I trust in You.

Oh Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything. Open our hearts and our minds in love and close our eyes in trust and ask Jesus to take care of it. He will.

With Jesus everything is possible. There is not a problem Lord which You and I together cannot resolve. Oh my Jesus let me love you above all things and the grace to love my neighbour as myself even those who speak against me.

Abba, Father,

I look to You this day

with joy in my heart

and praise on my lips.

I want to savour every moment,

to celebrate this gift of life.

May I always see your hand

at work in the details of each day,

and may I never forget what

a blessing it is to experience

Your creation.

Lord when I pray You are near me, with me. Help me to pray so that I can feel Your Presence. When I pray Lord teach me to listen, to hear you. Teach me through my prayer to love you above all things and my neighbour as myself. With you I am rich enough and I ask for nothing more.

I talk to Him every day. Together we see the day through. I know there is nothing which we can’t face together. I know Jesus Loves me. I pray that I can justify His love and protection of me by my love of my fellow brothers and sisters and that by that love I can be His witness.

When we pray for God’s guidance and for discernment through the Holy Spirit, we can rest assured that God will provide wisdom! Do not worry about our next step or about tomorrow because we know who guides our way! Do not rush your day without going before God to seek guidance!

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my home and within my family. Amen.

Lord let me be an instrument of your love and peace. Grant that I may love and serve you not for my own gratification but that my example of your love and forgiveness help me bring your word to everyone I meet.

The Gospel ‘the Word of God’ is our strength. It can transform lives. Remember in each Catholic Church there are two altars. One the altar of the Word, the other the altar of the Eucharist. To understand the Eucharist you have to first understand the Word.

God grant there will be a plentiful supply of Priests. Guard and protect them. May the Spirit encourage them and lead them into professing the truth.

​​But everyone who believes and accepts Christ also has a role within the Church and of evangelical good works. We must all share and be allowed to share in this great work of the Lord.

Reading the Word of the Lord brings us closer to God and to Our Lord Jesus. Just open for instance the New Testament anywhere and read. You will be amazed the difference this will make in your life.

O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me, and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

The importance of reading and reflecting on the Word cannot be overestimated. To know any historic figure we read about them or study about them. Reading His Word will bring Him much closer to us - in fact very close.

Lord, no matter what the cross, let me never stop declaring you to be "truly the Son of God, the source of my hope, the reason why I will never quit on life.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

 

For Christian Unity and a Return to God

Help us dear Jesus, open our hearts. So that we can embrace each other with tenderness, let us sow the seeds of tolerance, love and service. And with God's blessings, we will live a life full of joy and harmony.

O God, we kneel before You to beg for the unification of all Your children in the fight to retain Your Christian Churches on earth. Let not our differences divide us at this time of great apostasy in the world. Give us the graces to love one another in the Name of Jesus Christ.

God of peace and love bring us all together in your name. Do not let the gates of hell consume us. We all believe in God and his Word and accept Jesus as our Saviour. Send your Spirit to lead us to accept each other and our differences and that one day we will be one in Christ.

Oh Most Holy Trinity Father Son and Holy Spirit guide our Holy Father, the Cardinals and all the Church. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

O Most Holy Trinity Father Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended

Jesus’s being “the light of the world” means the world has no other light than him. If there is going to be a light for the world, it will be Jesus. It is Jesus or darkness. There is no third alternative. No other light.

Jesus inflame within me your light of life. Cast out the darkness of this human life. Let me be in whatever way You see fit to shine this light from within me so others will know you by your light of life.

We pray for those who do not believe in Christ, that, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, they, too, may enter the way of salvation

Jesus is the light of the world. May we who are blessed with this light share it with others so that they too may have the light of life and life eternal.

Christ says, you will have me as your light - If you follow me, you have me. I am yours. I am your Shepherd and your Sacrifice and your Living Water and your Bread from Heaven and your God, and your Light.

Father, I come to you in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Please fill me with the power of Your Holy Spirit so I can be an effective witness for you (Acts 1:8).

Colossians 4:2-4 tells us, may we “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; and pray for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love You, save souls.

God the Father, You will all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of Your truth. Send workers into your great harvest that the Gospel be preached to all and Your people gathered together by Your Word of Life and strengthened by the Sacraments, may advance salvation and love

For Redemption and Forgiveness

 

We adore your cross O Lord, we praise and glorify your Holy Resurrection, for behold, because of the wood of a tree joy has come to the whole world.

The death of Jesus to any objective observer seems like utter failure, to believe in the Lord seems stupid, but those with the eyes of faith can see the power of love in that death.

Lord by your passion death and resurrection lead us all to eternal life because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world

Jesus by your cross you redeemed me. I have done nothing to deserve this. Each time I sin I drive the nails deeper the thorns tighter. Yet you said ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do’ What a wonderful God we have. By your cross give me the strength to sin no more

By ourselves we are broken. With the Lord we are made whole. We pray for those who search that they will find the peace of Christ. God loved us so much that he gave His only begotten Son so that we can have life. By our example may we lead others to Christ.

This is God’s love. Look at the Crucifix and say to yourself: “God loves me.” It’s true, there are these limitations, these weaknesses, these sins, but He is greater than the limitations and the weaknesses and the sins.

Jesus by your cross you redeemed me. I have done nothing to deserve this. Each time I sin I drive the nails deeper the thorns tighter. Yet you said ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do’ What a wonderful God we have. By your cross give me the strength to sin no more

Many Saints were in fact sinners until they found God who transformed their lives. We only have to think of Paul who persecuted the early believers. We take solace therefore that there is hope for all us sinners redeemed by such a glorious Saviour. Praise God!

O My Jesus, often have I signed the death warrant by my sins; save me by Thy death from that eternal death which I have so often deserved

Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for things I have done wrong in my life. I ask for forgiveness and turn from everything which I know is wrong. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. Please come into my life through your Word, fill me with your Holy Spirit and be with me forever.

 

Thoughts of St Francis

It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.


 

I have been all things unholy.
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

Above all the grace and the gifts
that Christ gives to his beloved
is that of overcoming self.

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

 

At Christmas

Lord, may the Christmas morning make us happy to be your children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven. In Jesus name we pray.

Please open your hearts to the Lord. May the light of the Christ child open our minds to his great love for us and may his love and joy find its way into our hearts. Thank you Jesus.

O Most Amiable Child Jesus, You Who said: "Ask and you shall receive," graciously hear my petition and grant me the favour I ask of You, if it be for Your Greater Honor and Glory and for the good of my soul.

Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us;

and he will be called Wondrous God,

Prince of peace, Father of future ages:

and his reign will be without end.

We remember at this joyful time those who are displaced, suffering from the effects of natural disasters, those in pain, those suffering from loneliness or depression. May the Lord help them, bless them and give them the strength to overcome. We pray to God for them.

O Miraculous Infant Jesus! We prostrate before your image and beseech you to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let your tender heart, so inclined to pity, be softened by our prayers, and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore.

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