Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
photo by Easter Okalani
Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of life, in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of those I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied.
Let me put myself aside, to think of the happiness of others, to hide my little pains and heartaches, so that I may be the only one to suffer from them.
Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. Let me so use it that it may make me patient, not irritable. That it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow, haughty and overbearing.
May no one be less good for having come within my influence. No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow traveler in our journey toward Eternal Life.
As I go my rounds from one distraction to another, let me whisper from time to time, a word of love to Thee.
May my life be lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
USCCB has more than forty prayers for vocations. They can be prayed as a community or individually. Check it out. Here's a portion of prayer #40.
"Raise up people in religious life who by their unusual witness to the Gospel will call us to the love of God and neighbor.
You have enfolded the smallness of our humanity in your divinity. Fill us all with your Holy Spirit. Amen."
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests,
accept this title which we bestow on you
to celebrate your motherhood
and to contemplate with you the priesthood
of your Son and of your sons,
O Holy Mother of God.
O Mother of Christ,
to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart and in the Church,
O Mother of the Savior.
O Mother of Faith,
you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers;
give to the Father for His glory
the priests of your Son,
O Ark of the Covenant.
O Mother of the Church,
in the midst of the Disciples in the upper room
you prayed to the Spirit for the new people and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters
a full measure of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.
O Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with him at the beginning
of his life and mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside him when he was lifted
up from the earth
consumed as the one Eternal Sacrifice,
and you had John, your son, near at hand;
accept from the beginning those
who have been called,
protect their growth,
in their life ministry accompany
O Mother of Priests.
Pastores Dabo Vobis
(Apostolic Exhortation, March 25, 1992)
Saint Pope John Paul II