31 Days of Prayer – Saint Paul of the Cross

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Paul of the Cross, the founder of the Passionists religious community.

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Saint Paul had a great appreciation and love for the suffering Jesus. He also had a deep understanding of the meaning of the Cross and its place in our lives. He embraced his sufferings (great and small) and united them to Christ.

I wish I could do that more faithfully! I don’t know about you but I balk at the slightest sufferings. There are certain things I’ve had to deal with because of my cerebral palsy and issues related to my condition; however, I can’t say that I’ve always accepted those issues. Oh no, I’ve fought them more often than not!

I am guessing that I’m not alone here so let’s ask Saint Paul to help us love and accept our Crosses like Jesus did. The following prayer comes from the Christian Prayer book of the Liturgy of the Hours:

Father, You gave your priest Saint Paul a special love for the cross of Christ.
May his example inspire us to embrace our own cross with courage. We ask 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.”

Saint Paul, pray for us!

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31 Days of Prayer – Saint Luke

Today is the feast of Saint Luke. Saint Luke was a physician and considered the author of the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

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Not surprisingly, Saint Luke is the patron saint of physicians and doctors. Therefore, let us pray for all doctors and physicians and all those in the medical field. It is not an easy field to be in and they need God’s wisdom and guidance as they diagnose and treat their patients. More importantly, they need to have compassion and love for their patients. It really makes a difference, as you probably know if you’ve ever encountered a rude or nasty doctor!

So let us pray:

Most charming and saintly Physician, you were animated by the heavenly Spirit of love. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, you also showed his divinity and his genuine compassion for all human beings. Inspire our physicians with your professionalism and with the divine compassion for their patients. Enable them to cure the ills of both body and spirit that afflict so many in our day. Amen.”  —anonymous

Saint Luke, pray for us!

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Hat-tip to Catholic-Saints-Info where I found this prayer.

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31 Days of Prayer – Pray for Peace

At the beginning of the month, we prayed the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. However, the need to pray for peace has been weighing heavily in my heart.

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We live in such a broken world. There seems to be violence and hatred everywhere. So many people are louder and ruder and generally disquieted. Peace seems impossible but nothing is impossible with God. Let us pray for peace within our hearts, peace with our neighbors and peace for the whole world.

Here is a little prayer I wrote:

Heavenly Father, we come to you humbly to ask You to bring peace into our world. Peace starts with ourselves, so please help us to turn our hearts to You, the giver of true, lasting inner peace. As St Francis asks, help us to be an instrument of peace to others. We ask for peace in the hearts of our neighbors, and yes, peace to our “enemies” Bring Your peace to the whole world. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Carol D’Annunzio

Watch this video from Reba McEntire. It is a simple,  yet powerful, message and reminder for us to pray for peace.

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31 Days of Prayer – St. Teresa of Avila

Today  is the memorial of St. Teresa of Avila. She is a great saint and was a reformer of the Carmelite Order. She was a prolific writer and spiritual guide in her day and sometime after her canonization she was declared a “doctor of the church.”

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Although not a prayer, per se, I want to share the following counsel of St. Teresa. We can make this our prayer today and remind ourselves that “God alone suffices.”

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid.
All things are passing. God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things. If you have God you will want for nothing.
God alone suffices.

St. Teresa

Saint Teresa is the patron saint of those who suffer from headaches and illness so let ask her intercession for our friends and loved ones who suffer from those ailments.

St Teresa, pray for us!

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31 Days of Prayer: Abandonment to God’s Providence

I found the following prayer in the book, Handbook of Prayer, and I love it! If you are short on time, this would be a great prayer to substitute for your regular morning prayers (or a great addition to it):

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My Lord and my God: Into your hands  abandon the past and the present and the future, what is small and what is great, what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot, things temporal and things eternal. Amen.”

St. Josemaria Escriva

It is certainly a short and powerful prayer. It is a little scary, too. I don’t know about you but I have a tendency to want to hold on to things and control things. This prayer is a prayer of letting go and that isn’t always easy! So, let’s pray that we have to courage to pray this prayer with conviction and truth. 🙂

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31 Days of Prayer – Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the anniversary of the last visit of Our Lady to the children at Fatima, Portugal. In honor of this day, I found this beautiful prayer:

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Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

Dearest Mother, Queen of the Holy Rosary, who came to Fatima to reveal to all mankind the Divine plan for true Christian peace, of prayer, penance, and consecration, grant an abundance of grace, strength, and guidance to the members of Thy Fatima Crusade, here present and throughout the world. Inspire us to great zeal, oh great Mediatrix of All Graces, that we may be effective instruments in spreading devotion to Thy Rosary; that we may be faithful in wearing Thy scapular; that we may inspire our brothers in Christ to a life of sacrifice, penance, and modesty, and finally, that we may help to bring about that wonderful day when all men, through consecration to Thy Immaculate Heart, shall be one in Christ. Amen.”

I do not know the author of this poem but I found it on the Salve Maria Regina website. You can go there to get other Fatima prayers, to learn the story of Fatima, and to learn about the lives of the three children who were privileged to get those heavenly visits from Our Lady.

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31 Days of Prayer – Prayer for Daily Neglects

Yesterday, I encouraged you to begin your day by putting on the Armor of God. Today, I want to encourage you to end your day by praying for daily neglects.

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This prayer is included in the Pieta Prayer book. As far as I know, the prayer is attributed to “a Poor Claire nun” and otherwise anonymous.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred heart of Jesus, with all its Love, all its Sufferings and all its Merits.

First: to expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Second: to purify the good I have done badly this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father, and to the son…

Third: To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father, and to the son…

Isn’t this a great prayer? You can print it out here and hopefully will start praying it every day.

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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.

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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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31 Days of Prayer – Thanksgiving Prayer

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Therefore, in honor of our Canadian neighbors, I am sharing a thanksgiving prayer that I posted a few years ago:

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Thanksgiving Prayer

Our Father in Heaven, source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this season of giving thanks.

We thank You for all the graces and blessings You have bestowed upon us: spiritual and temporal. We thank You for the gift of our faith; our food and shelter; our health; our family and friends; and for the gift of love we have for one another. In Your infinite mercy and generosity, Father,  please grant us Your continued graces and blessings.

We ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.”

With the blessings we receive so abundantly, may we all be filled with thanksgiving and gratitude!

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31 Days of Prayer – The Bible

Sundays are sometimes (hopefully!) quieter days with less going on. It is the perfect day to spend some time reading and praying over the scriptures.

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The Catholic Church encourages us to spend time in “Lectio Divina.” This is a Latin term for slowly, prayerfully, and reflectively reading over the Bible verses. It doesn’t have to be a long time; it just has to be a time of letting the verses speak to the heart.

I have a longer post with step-by-step instructions on how to pray the Scriptures (with a free pdf printable), but here is the gist of process:

  • Find a quiet spot and say a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance and inspiration.
  • Pick a short bible passage to pray over (a part of the Mass readings of the day is good) and read over the passage slowly and gently, imagining yourself present in the passage and listening to the words.
  • After reading the passage, sit in silence and meditation, letting the words wash over you and speak to your heart.
  • When your time is up, say a short prayer of thanksgiving.

Today, begin the wonderful habit of Lectio Divina. If you make it a regular habit, I guarantee it will change your life!

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