Prayer for Patience and Gentleness

Ever hear of the expression: “Be careful what you pray for, you just may get it:? I think it is like that with patience. You know, you pray for patience and the Lord gives you opportunities to practice it! LOL!

As I write this (Tuesday evening), I am just exhausted and spent. Andrew and I have been butting heads the last few days and he seems to have a real knack for pushing all the right buttons to get me going. :/ I know in my head that the best way to handle those situations is to stay calm and disengage temporarily. Alas, I instead feed into his behavior and lose my patience more often than I should. Please tell me I am not the only one!

Prayer for Patience & Gentleness

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Since I probably am not alone in this struggle, I am reposting this prayer that I had linked to Fearless Friday a few years ago. Clearly, patience is something that I need to work on for the long haul.

Prayer for Patience and Gentleness

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)

Let us pray for each other that we will grow in patience, gentleness, and humility. Are you with me?


Tweetable: Prayer for Patience & Gentleness

Linked to Free Spirit Haven.

Advent Meditation

(Reposting this lovely meditation. It is a lovely way to start of the Advent season.

O Come, O come, Emmanuel…

As we travel along our Advent journey, please know that I will be praying for each and every one of you. I pray that this Advent season is a fruitful one and that you are filled with many graces and blessings and grow ever closer to our Lord.

An Advent Meditation (a little over 8 minutes, but very beautiful):

(Posted to Free Spirit Haven and The Kennedy Adventures!)

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.”

(Linked to Fearless Friday.)

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.

(Linked to Fearless Friday at Free Spirit Haven.)

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.”

(Join us at Free Spirit Haven for other Fearless Friday prayers and prayer requests.)

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.

For other Fearless Friday entries and to add you own, go to Free Spirit Haven.

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (October 31, 2010)

Another Sunday, another Sunday Snippet. 🙂 Head over to This That and the Other Thing for more entries and to add your own!

Here’s what I’ve posted this week:

Sunday: What do you know about Saint Paul of the Cross?

Monday: The tastiest (and easy!) homemade bread recipe ever.

Tuesday: Do you have an emergency kit prepared? Here’s a list of some must-haves for your emergency kit.

Wordless Wednesday: My sleeping prince.

Fearless Friday: Prayed for all the children who celebrated Halloween this weekend.

Fearless Friday: Praying for the Children

I’m not a big fan of Halloween. My husband (and tons others, of course) see it as harmless fun; but not me. So much of Halloween glorifies evil and anything that glorifies evil or darkness bothers me. The costumes are often immodest and honestly, the logic in me thinks the idea of begging for candy when I can just go out and buy it myself is dumb. 😯

Of course, I have a 5 year old, who doesn’t understand my reasoning, so yes, he has a new transformers costume and I’ll probably take him out trick-or-treating for a little bit. Our apartment complex is hosting a Halloween egg hunt (I’ve never heard of that before!) and I’ll take him to that.

Anyway, this is a long-winded way of saying that I will be praying today for all those who will be celebrating Halloween – young and old. I pray that everyone will be safe and maybe even maybe take a moment to remember what Halloween really is: All Hallow’s Eve. The eve of All Saints Day. 🙂

(Come join us in prayer each Friday over at Free Spirit Haven.

Fearless Friday: Consecration to the Divine Will

I have so many prayer cards, holy cards, rosaries, and other religious articles that I could probably open up my own religious goods store! lol! While I was going through some of the prayer cards, I came across this beautiful prayer card by Reverend Venard Poslusney, O. Carm., that I feel called to share with you all today:

Consecration to the Divine Will

Oh most holy, blessed and adorable Trinity. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, prostrate before you, I consecrate myself to Your Infinitely wise and lovable Divine Will. With this consecration may You be pleased to grant me the gift of Your Divine Will. From this day forth, may I receive each day all the graces I will need to live in the same loving Divine Will. Finally, grant that I may grow from moment to moment in actually doing Your Divine Will.

Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, my King and Redeemer, help me to follow the example of Your words: “I came to do the Will of Him Who sent Me.”“Not My Will, but Thine be done.”

Immaculate Heart of Mary, my dearest Mother, you who always said: “Be it done unto me according to Your word” be also my model and teacher. Teach me how to do the Divine Will always.

At the same time, I humbly ask the loving assistance of my Guardian Angel and of my heavenly brothers and sisters. Please help me to reach that state of which it can be said: “Father, may Your Will be done in me as it is in heaven.” This I ask through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

And this is Reverend Poslusney’s daily renewal of the consecration:

Oh Divine Will of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that reigned in the hearts of Jesus and Mary, come and reign in my heart. Amen

For more Fearless Friday posts and prayer requests, go to Free Spirit Haven.

The Crowd or the Cross: Which will You Follow?

On Friday, Off the Beaten Trek wrote a touching post on Voices for Fearless Friday. In the post she shared a beautiful YouTube video that I want to share with you.