God of Mercy and Compassion

This gorgeous Lenten Hymn is more of a prayer than a song:

P.s., please say a prayer for my cousin’s wife who is battling cancer. It went from her lungs to hip to neck and to now her brain. Thank you.

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Prayer for Educators and Students

Monday is the memorial of Saint John Bosco, who was a great friend and defender of the youth and an outstanding educator. You can watch a short Youtube video that I found about his life here. (WP won’t let me embed the video for some reason. 🙁 )

In his honor, I want to dedicate this weekend to praying for all our educators and students.

Educators have a big responsibility and will have to account for their service before God and I thank God for the many wonderful educators and teachers who work hard at teaching our children. But, then when I read of all the things that go on in schools today, such as pushing the homosexual and birth control and other liberal agendas, guns and shootings, and everything else, it can be disheartening.

Students have a responsibility, too, of course. They also need to be encouraged to learn, to overcome whatever circumstances or difficulties they are in, and need to be in an environment that is conducive to learning. They have to deal with all sorts of bullying, peer pressure, and other issues that were not so prominent when many of us were growing up.

So, let’s pray together for our primary, secondary and university teachers and students. Also, let’s not leave out those who are homeschooling. As I’m learning very quickly, that’s not an easy job either – for the mom or dad doing the teaching or the children!

“Eternal God,
Bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning,
new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn
may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

(This prayer was found, and more prayers can be located, at churchyear.net.)

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See What Love the Father has…

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet, so we are.” 1 John 3:1

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only son, so that everyone that believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16

These scripture verses never cease to fill my heart with wonder and joy. This is what true love is, not that sappy Hallmark version we’ll be celebrating on Valentine’s Day (not that that’s not fun. 🙂 ). However, true love is a choice, a sacrifice. It’s not an emotional high, but down and dirty in the reality of life, of struggles. The kind of love God has for us.

Doesn’t his kind of love make us want to respond in kind? Let us pray that God will will overflow our hearts with His love, so that our love for Him and our love for others will grow.

Act of Love

Oh my God, I love You above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because You are all good and deserving of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

–Traditional prayer, author unknown

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Prayer for Theologians

Today (Friday) is the memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, theologian and doctor of the church.  Known as the “Dumb Ox” as a youth (because he was a large boy, who rarely spoke), he was in fact, brilliant. As a Dominican, he taught, wrote and preached much about our faith and is considered the greatest theologian and philosopher. You can learn more about him here, here and here.

Through the intercession of Saint Thomas, we should pray much for our modern day theologians. What they write can, and many times does, influence many others to draw toward or away from Our Lord. Strangely, many theologians get so caught up with the intellectual aspect of the the bible and other tenants of Church teaching, they lose sight of what is most important: strengthening their (and our) relationship with God and growing more in love with Him.

As our theologians seek to “open the secret” meaning behind the scriptures and Church teaching, let us pray that their intellectual pursuits will bring them in closer union with Our Lord, and not away. Let us pray that through reading their writings and listening to their teachings, we may grow ever closer to Our Lord!

Here’s a prayer to Our Blessed Mother, patroness of theologians, written by St. Thomas Aquinas, who had a great devotion to Our Lady:

“O Mary, Mother of fair love, of fear, of knowledge, and of holy hope, by whose loving care and intercession many otherwise poor in intellect have wonderfully advanced in knowledge and holiness, I choose you as the guide and patroness of my studies; and I humbly implore, through the deep tenderness of your maternal love, and especially through the eternal Wisdom who deigned to take our flesh from you and who gifted you beyond all the saints with heavenly light, that you would obtain for me, by your intercession, the grace of the Holy Spirit that I may be able to grasp with strong intellect, retain in memory, proclaim by word and deed, and teach others all things which bring honor to you and to your Son, and which for me and for others are salutary for eternal life. Amen.”

(Prayer located at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/)

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Fearless Friday: For the Faithful Departed

Our family has a heavy heart this week. My dear Aunt Miriam passed away this past Sunday. The wake and funeral was on Wednesday and Thursday and it breaks my heart that I wasn’t able to make the trip back to NY to be there.

Aunt Miriam was 76 when she died. She was sick for years with heart trouble but ironically, it wasn’t what killed her – it was toxins that took over her body. She was a wonderful woman, with a true heart for God.

I was close to Aunt Miriam and spent several weeks with her during the summer many times while growing up. It was she who encouraged me in my faith and reading the bible when I was a teenager. She was full of love and generosity to others. I am going to miss her terribly.

In the last weeks of her life she was anxious, but she died peacefully, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. My mom said that her parish priest prayed with Aunt Miriam and gave her the Anointing of the Sick the morning she passed.

So today, would you join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Aunt Miriam and not just her, but for all the recently deceased?

“Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.”

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Fearless Friday: For Those Affected by the Weather

As you all know, we’ve been hit all over the place with bad weather. Even down here in Atlanta, GA we’ve been hit with snow, ice and sleet. It’s been quite remarkable.

Traveling has been difficult, if not impossible. Power has gone out in some places. Even lives have been lost due to the weather. Many, many people have been affected by the weather in many different ways and it seems like the bad weather just keeps on coming.

Please know that if you have been affected by the snow, I am praying for you. God bless.

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Fearless Friday: Travel Mercies

It’s hard to believe that next Friday is Christmas Eve! Well, it is and as we know, lots of people will be traveling to visit family, friends, etc.

I’d like to pray for all those who will be traveling: For those who will be dealing with traffic, plane delays and/or cancellations, weather, etc. May all those who travel be safe and get to their destinations safely. May there be no accidents and may their Guardian Angels be with them and protect them.

Traveling Prayer

“O Almighty and merciful God, who hast commissioned Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return; to clothe us with their invisible protection; to keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of fall and bruises, and finally, having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

(Prayer found at Our Catholic Faith)

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Prayer for Discernment

“A wise man by hearing them will advance in learning, an intelligent man will gain sound guidance.” Proverbs 1:5

Could you please join me in praying for discernment? (Sorry, can’t go into details.) Our family is in need of the Lord’s guidance in regards to a specific situation. I (we) truly want to do God’s will in this matter and not make the wrong decision. Thank you so much in advance. 🙂

Discernment Prayer of Thomas Merton

“O Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me, I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, And that fact that I think I am following Your will Does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe That the desire to please You Does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire In all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything Apart from that desire to please You. And I know that if I do this You will lead me by the right road, Though I may know nothing about it.  Therefore I will trust You always Though I may seem to be lost And in the shadow of death. I will not fear, For You are ever with me, And You will never leave me To make my journey alone.”

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Fearless Friday: Loving Mother of the Redeemer

As we near the end of the first week of Advent, I feel called to share this beautiful prayer to Our Lady. It is one of the antiphons available at the end of night prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours for the Advent Season.

May Our Lady pray for us and guide us during our Advent journey.

Loving Mother of the Redeemer

“Loving Mother of the Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea, assist your people who have fallen, as we strive to rise again. To the wonderment of nature, you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before. You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting, have pity on us poor sinners.”

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Fearless Friday: Thanksgiving Prayer

With Thanksgiving next week (for those of us in America), it is fitting that we remember all the graces and blessings we receive from our loving God.  Even in the midst of our trials, we are truly blessed and have much to be grateful for. 🙂

In that vein, lets let us join in prayer:

A Little 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.

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