Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Our Lady of Walsingham
Oh, blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Walsingham, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon us, our parish, our country, our homes, and our families, and upon all who greatly hope and trust in your prayers, (especially...) By you it was that Jesus, our Savior and Hope, was given to the world; and He has given you to us that we may hope still more. Plead for us your children, whom you did receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, Oh sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of your Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we all may be made worthy to see and praise God, together with you in our heavenly home.
Our Lady of Help
Say not, merciful virgin, that you cannot help me, for your beloved Son has given you all power in heaven and on earth.
Say not, that you ought not assist me, for you are the Mother of all the poor children of Adam, and mine in particular.
Since, then, merciful virgin, you are my Mother, and you are all powerful, what excuse can you offer if you do not lend assistance?
See, my Mother, see, you are obliged to grant me what I ask, and to yield to my entreaties.
Prayer by Saint Frances de Sales
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.
This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, not shall poison take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire, or shall be overpowered in battle.
Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
In The Presence of God
Oh, my God, I firmly believe that Thou art here, and seest me perfectly, and that Thou observest all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret movements of my heart.
Thou watchest over me with incomparable love, every moment bestowing flowers of favors upon me, but until I behold Thee and Thou hast shown me my life in review, will have been mostly known only to Thee.
Blessed be Thy Holy Name, and may all creature great and small bless the goodness and withstand the evil begotten of the effects of free will.
May the prophets, saints, and angels known and unknown by name, conduct for me when I forget, the rendering of thanks to Thee.
Help me to never be so base and callous as to pay unkindness or evil in return to those who have done so to me. Let me in return forgive them, and move forward knowing that Thou will one day do the same for me.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
For the Grace to Live For Christ Alone
Saint Thomas More (Composed while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, 1534)
Give me the grace, good Lord -
To set the world at naught, to set my mind firmly upon Thee, and not to hang upon the words of men's mouths;
To be content to be solitary; not to long for worldly pleasure; litle by little, utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all the business thereof;
Not to long to hear of any earthly things, but that the hearing of world and rid my mind of all the business thereof;
Not to long to hear of any earthly things, but that the hearing of worldy fancies may be to me displeasing;
Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help; to lean unto the comfort of God; busily to labor to love Him;
To know my own vileness and wretchedness; to humble myself under the mighty hand of God; to bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here; to be joyful in tribulations; to walk the narrow way that leadeth to life.
To have the last thing in remembrance; to have ever before my eye my death that is ever at hand; to make death no stranger to me; to foresee and consider the everlasting fire of hell; to pray for the pardon before the judge come.
To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me; for His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.
To buy the time again that I have lost.
To abstain from vain Conversations; to shun foolish mirth and gladness; to cut off unnecessary recreations.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life, and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.
To think of my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.
These minds are more to be desired of every man, than all the treasure of all the princes and kings, Christian and not, were it gathered and laid together upon all one heap.
Friday, May 27, 2011
|Prayer for a Pure Heart|
May our hearts be cleansed, O Lord, by the inpouring of the Holy Spirit, and may He render them fruitful by watering them with His heavenly dew.
Indulgence of 500 days; plenary indulgence on the usual conditions for the daily recital of this invocation for a month.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
May Visual Prayer bring you closer to Him!
An Act of Adoration
Oh, my God, I present before Thee at the end of another day, to offer Thee anew the homage of my heart. I humbly adore Thee, my Creator, my Redeemer, and my Judge!
I believe in Thee, because Thou art Truth itself; I hope in Thee, because Thou art faithful to Thy promises; I love Thee with my whole heart, because Thou art infinitely worthy of being loved; and for Thy sake I love my neighbor as myself.