Today’s brief prayer follows this excerpt from the letters of Passionist founder, St. Paul of the Cross:
"When you see someone living in what seems to be a swamp of vices, and living in a state which might be called the depths of the nether world, trust in the mercy of God. Trust that some day that person will be able to sing, ‘You have rescued me from the depths of the nether world" (Ps 86:13). God is all powerful and in one instant can make a sinner a great saint."
Dear God, when I look at others and see immorality and sin, let me turn that eye towards myself. I find it easy to look at the troubled world around me and see all that is wrong and all the people that deserve punishment. Yet, I am far from perfect. Forgive me for judging others. Let me always remember that you are the only judge. May I trust that you, in your infinite wisdom, are working through even the most flawed person to bring about change. And may I work each day to correct the sinfulness in my own life and offer prayers for my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Prayers for Every Day
Jesus, Good Shepherd, I place in Your hands this day all my work and play, suffering and joy. Guide me and all I love, keep us safe from harm and bring us safely home to You. Amen.
Lord God, thank you for all that has happened this day. I accept everything from Your loving hands. Keep me and all I love safe through the night, for I place my trust in You.
Prayer in Time of Need:
O Lord, in my present need, help me to believe that You are aware of my trouble and will do what is best for me. Give me the strength to trust You and put the present and future in Your merciful hands.
Grant this through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Healing Prayer for Those Who Suffer:
Lord Jesus Crucified, I bring before You in prayer all those I know and love and all people throughout the world who are suffering in body, mind or spirit. The sufferings of Your own Agony and Passion were offered to Your Heavenly Father out of love for us. Help those who suffer today to unite themselves with You in living memory of Your Passion. Console them, Lord, ease their pain, and strengthen their hope in everlasting life with You. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Jesus, I thank You for the great mystery of Your Passion, Death and Resurrection. Thank you for listening to my prayers and for fulfilling the Will of Your Father each day in my life and in the lives of those I love.
Thank you for Your great gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Church and the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist. Thank you for entrusting us to the care of Your Mother Mary. Amen.
Prayer to Mary:
Mother to the human family and of all nations, we confidently entrust the whole of humanity, with its hopes and fears. Do not let it lack the light of true wisdom. Guide it to seek freedom and justice for all. Direct its steps in the ways of peace. Enable all to meet Christ, the way and the truth and the life. Sustain us, O Virgin Mary, on our journey of faith and obtain for us the grace of eternal salvation.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Mother of God and our Mother, Mary!
Prayer for Peace:
Father in Heaven,
We look to you for peace in a world filled with anger.
We look to you for hope in a world filled with despair.
We look to you for love in a world filled with hatred.
O Merciful Lord,
Bless those who have been taken from us.
Grant wisdom in our future.
Bestow tranquility on our world.
Bring compassion to our hearts. Amen.
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