31 Days of Prayer – Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Claret. He was a bishop and great preacher. He was also the confessor for Queen Isabella II.

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Saint Anthony was a fearless preacher and is a great example to us. We probably aren’t called to be preachers or missionaries but we are called to “preach” through our lives. May we follow his example and speak to others about Christ when we can and to let Christ shine in our lives.

Here is the prayer to Saint Anthony from the liturgy:

O God, who for the evangelization of peoples strengthened the Bishop Saint Anthony Mary Claret with admirable charity and long-suffering, grant, through his intercession, that, seeking the things that are yours, we may earnestly devote ourselves to winning our brothers and sisters for Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

Saint Anthony Mary Claret, pray for us!

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31 Days of Prayer – Prayer for Patience

As much as I hate it, I struggle with patience. I want it done and I want it done now! LOL! And sometimes, I’m just not so sweet about it. Therefore, I pray often for patience. Can you relate?

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I thought for today that we could pray for patience together. Pray to be patient and gentle with those around us. I found the following prayer a while ago but forgot about it but I think it would be perfect for today’s prayer:

Bestow on me, O Lord, a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance; a mild, loving, patient, heart; kindly looks, pleasant cordial speech, and manners in the exchange of daily life; that I may give offense to none, but as much as in lies live in charity with all men.

—-By Johann Arndt (1555-1621)

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31 Days of Prayer – Armor of God

My friend gave me this prayer. It is based on the scripture verse Ephesians 6:13-17. It is a wonderful prayer to add to your morning routine.

31 Days of Prayer - armor of God

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Today I claim VICTORY over Satan by putting on the WHOLE Armor of God!

I put on the Girdle of TRUTH! May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word so I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies.

I put on the Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS! May it guard my heart from the evil so I will remain (tap your heart 3 times) pure, holy, and protected under the Blood of Jesus Christ.

I put on the Shoes of PEACE! May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel so Your peace will SHINE through me and be a LIGHT to all I encounter.

I take the SHIELD of FAITH! May I be ready for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial, and deceit; so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.

I put on the Helmet of SALVATION! May I keep my find FOCUSED on YOU so Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.

I take the Sword of the SPIRIT! May the two-edge sword of Your Word be ready in my hands so I can expose the tempting words of Satan.

By FAITH, Your Warrior has put on the WHOLE ARMOR of God! I am prepared to live this day in SPIRITUAL VICTORY!

—-Anonymous

You can print out the prayer here (no opt-in required). It is a strong and powerful prayer so I hope you will pray it regularly. 🙂

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