October 29, 2012

Prayer for today

To have hope is to believe that history continues open to the dream of God and to human creativity. To have hope is to continue affirming that it is possible to dream a different world, without hunger, without injustice, without discrimination. To have hope is to be a courier of God and courier of men and women of good will, tearing down walls, destroying borders, building bridges. To have hope is to believe in the revolutionary potential of faith, is to leave the door open so that the Spirit can enter and make all things anew. To have hope is to believe that life wins over death. To have hope is to begin again as many times as necessary. To have hope is to believe that hope is not the last thing that dies. To have hope is to believe that hope cannot die, that hope no longer dies. To have hope is to live. - Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo
October 22, 2012

Prayer for today

Lord, you have called us each by name and drawn us together in your love. Be with us now as we give our lives to you and your people. Lord, hear your servant’s simple prayer: When we are weak, be our strength; When we doubt, be our faith; When we are discouraged, be our hope; When we are lost, come and find us: When we are hungry, be our food; When we are thirsty, be our drink; When we are in darkness, be our light; When we are sad, be our comfort and joy. Let us feel your touch in all we say and do. Let us grow and blossom in your love. Grant us this lord, and there is nothing more to want until we see you face to face.
October 15, 2012

Prayer for today—Celtic Fire

Lord of our heart, give us vision to inspire us. Lord of our heart, give us wisdom to direct us. Lord of our heart, give us courage to strengthen us.Lord of our heart, give us trust to console us. Lord of our heart, give us love to mission us. Lord of our heart, give us grace to root our lives in You.   - Robert Van de Weyer
October 8, 2012

Prayer for today

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received,how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me food to eat,I was naked and you clothed me,I was homeless and you took me in.’Hungry not only for bread—but hungry for love,naked not only for clothing—but naked for human dignity and respect,homless not only for want of a room of bricks—but homeless because of rejection.This is Christ in distressing disguise.”- Mother Teresa
October 1, 2012

Prayer for today—Jesus identifies himself with the poor

“In the faces of the poor I see the face of Christ.In the life of the poor I see reflected the life of Christ.In turn, the poor and those discriminated against identify more easily with Christ,for in him they discover one of their own.  Jesus said that in the final analysis he will identify himself with the disinherited –the sick, the imprisoned, the hungry, the lonely –who have been given a helping hand. Keep Jesus Christ in your hearts and you will recognize his face in every human being.You will want to help him out in all his needs:the needs of your brothers and sisters.This is the way we prepare ourselves to meet Jesus,when he will come again, on the last day,as the Judge of the living and the dead.” Pope John Paul II  
September 25, 2012

Prayer for today—prayer of generosity

Gracious God, give us generous hearts: to share whatever gift it is that you have given to us; to acknowledge you as the giver of all good gifts; to give without counting the cost; to share without expecting something in return; to be wise in the way of caring for ourselves and others... [More]
September 17, 2012

Prayer for today—a prayer to live life more fully

We move so fast, God, and sometimes we see so little in our daily travels. Slow us down. Create in us a desire to pause. Help us to pursue moments of contemplation. Help us to see in a deeper way, to become more aware of what speaks to us of beauty and truth.   Our inner eye gets misty, clouded over, dulled. We need to see in a new way, to dust off our heart, to perceive what is truly of value and to find deeper meaning in our lives. All of our ordinary moments are means of entering into a more significant relationship with you, God. In the midst of those very common happenings, you are ready to speak your word of love to us, if only we will recognize your presence.Teach us how to enjoy being. Encourage us to be present to the gifts that are ours. May we be more fully aware of what we see, taste, touch, hear and smell. May this awareness of our senses sharpen our perception of our everyday treasures and lead us to greater joy and gratitude. 
May 4, 2012

Prayer for Today

Wherever I am, wherever I go I can sense something of the power of God.Even amid the clutter of our cities, built and abused by the hands of men,there are reflections of divine splendor. God has made a path for us to walk in.In His will there is order and purpose. She has given meaning to life,goal and objective to this existence. This is the course which I must travel. O God, These are the thoughts that crowd my heart today.Accept them and respond to them, and enable me to realize anewthe security and serenity of Your loving presence in my life. - Adapted from Psalms/Now. Leslie F. Brandt  
April 3, 2012

Prayer for Today

God, give us eyes to see the beauty of the Spring, And to behold Your majesty in every living thing - And may we see in lacy leaves and every budding flower The Hand that rules the universe with gentleness and power - And may this Easter grandeur that Spring lavishly impartsAwaken faded flowers of faith lying dormant in our hearts,And give us ears to hear, dear God the Springtime song of birdsWith messages more meaningful than man's often empty wordsTelling harried human beings who are lost in dark despair - Be like us and do not worry for God has you in his care.   Helen Steiner Rice      
March 23, 2012

Prayer for Today

Lord, take me where you want me to go,Let me meet who you want me to meet,Tell me what you want me to say,And… keep me out of your way.       - Mychal Judge, O.F.M.        Franciscan Friar who ministered to the first responders on 9/11 and lost his own life Lent provides a special opportunity to refresh the Spirit of God living within each of us. Traditionally, Lent is a preparation for Holy Week, during which we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through this special opportunity for atonement and renewal, we are reminded to look to the Great Physician for divine healing. We continue our Lenten journey as God leads us all to glorious resurrection!  

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