Party invitation

Dear friends! 
You are invited to Join me in Prayer. 

Prayer is the raising up of our minds and heart to God and more things are wrought by Prayer than man dreams of!

How would I know?

If God was asking something of me, would I notice if there was some change in my life that God was asking me to make, how would I know?

Wanting to hear is the first condition There may be some areas of my life that I want  to keep as no-go areas for God, issues where I just don't want to hear that there is need for change. I may feel discomfort when an area or issue like this comes up in conversation, and especially during my prayer, I may be itching to move on.

If I notice that feeling, it could be that I need to pray for the grace of freedom and openness to God's will for me.


Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of your presence.



Lord, too often I think I am the one in control of my life.
Help me to see that I am powerless over so much.
I ask for the grace to be able to hand over my life to you
And experience the joy of that freedom.


I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord,
But I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In your merciful embrace.


“Stay and watch with me.”
Your words, Lord, to the disciples
before your suffering and death.
I know, Lord, You will stay and watch over me
all the days of my life.


I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning today's reading.

We are all task-oriented people and very few of us can spare the time needed in becoming aware of God’s presence, stilling our busy minds and opening ourselves to a will other than our own. We might not be able to spare half an hour to sit and pray but a few minutes on the preparatory stages (the presence of God and praying for Freedom) , can make a big difference.   It is this preparation, this “disposing ourselves” to God,   that makes the rest of the prayer real and effective.   To do this we need to concentrate on the presence of God.

The Presence of God

I dwell for a moment in the presence of God around me, in every part of my body, and deep within my being.  I remind myself that there are things God has to teach me yet, and ask for the grace to hear them and let them change me.

I think seriously on where I am with God, and with others, and if there is something I need to be grateful for, I give thanks.  I need to take people as I find them, giving them the benefit of the doubt, even when the facts are not apparent.  Being aware of the devious ways that are used by some and not being tempted to use them myself. 

Praying before work and praying at our work.

The day should open with the morning offering of all our thoughts, words and actions to Jesus through Mary. This offering must be the guiding idea of the whole day. We do not need to repeat the words many times, but the thought of it must lie in the heart, and govern our daily life in such a way the we feel ourselves to be working for God and not for the world.

Praying At Work
We see that work and duty are holy things when the idea of God is in them. We must bring God closer to our work than by the mere offering of it in the morning. We must keep Him at our side by frequent thought of Him. 

In order never to be distracted we can imagine those we serve to be Our Blessed Lord and His mother and the Apostles. While the distraction of our poor minds never cease with our occupations, we can confidently seek to return to  Him by prayer in our free moments.

In our endeavour to pray frequently we should not rely on vague resolutions but ensure we use regular calls to a word or thought of prayer, by using the Angelus, grace at meals, or any other time, which can be determined by our occupation. These frequent calls to prayer will then lead us to a natural lifting of the mind to God. 

While we try to progress in acquiring the spirit of Prayer those things which are a hindrance must go. Not until there is quiet within us, can we attempt to build up a real spiritual life. 

Immaculate Conception Of The Virgin Mary

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for thy Son,

we beseech thee that, as by the foreseen death of this,

thy Son, thou didst preserve her from all stain,

so too thou wouldst permit us,

purified through her intercession, to come unto thee.

Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son,

who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost,

God, world without end.


Novena to 
St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His Catholic people, I turn to thee with confidence and seek thy powerful intercession.

For the love of God, Who hast made thee so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer.

Thou knowest the value of my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me.

I desire to imitate thy loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and thy great love for God and men. And since thou art God’s messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to thee this special request:

(Here mention your request)

Saint Michael, since thou art, by the will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in thy prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will, my petition will be granted.

Pray for me, Saint Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs.

Through thy powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death and reach Heaven where we may praise and love God with thee forever.  Amen

We consecrate to You, O Jesus of Love

All the trials, joys and sufferings of our family life

And we beseech You to pour out Your blessings

On all the members, Absent and present,

living and dead

And when one after another

We shall have gone into eternity, O Jesus

May we find again our family

United in Your Sacred Heart. Amen

Prayer Of Mother Teresa

Dear Jesus

Help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go

Flood my soul with thy spirit and love.

Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly

That all my life may only be a radiance of Thine.

Shine through me and be so in me that every soul

I come in contact with may feel Thy presence

In my soul.

Let them look up and see no longer me

but only Jesus.

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, 

so to shine as to be a light to others.

Written by Mother Teresa

  Workers Prayer of St. Arnold

O Lord, I have a busy world around me!

Eye Ear and Thought will be needed for my work

Done amidst that busy world.

Now, ere I enter upon it, I would commit

Eye, ear, thought and wish to Thee.

Do Thou bless them and keep their work Thine,

That as through thy natural laws,

My heart beats, and my blood flows

Without any thought for them; so my

Spiritual life may hold on its course, at

Those times when my mind cannot consciously

Turn to thee, to commit each particular

Thought to thy service. Hear my prayer

For my dear redeemer’s sake. Amen

Prayer for the Spirit of Mary

Recite the Prayer for the Spirit of Mary.

My powerful Queen, you are all mine through your mercy, and I am all yours. Take away from me all that may displease God and cultivate in me all that is pleasing to him.

May the light of your faith dispel the darkness of my mind, your deep humility take the place of my pride, your continual sight of God fill my memory with his presence. May the fire of the charity of your heart inflame the luke warmness of my own heart. May your virtues take the place of my sins. May your merits be my enrichment and make up for all that is wanting in me before God.

St. Louis de Montfort

Prayer for Guidance

Recite the Prayer for Guidance.

My 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 the fact that I think I am following Your Will does not mean I am actually doing so.

But I believe the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope that I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road.

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 face my perils alone. Amen.

Lord May everything we do this day

Begin with your blessing

And continue with your help

May everything we say this day

Begin with your love

And continue with your grace

May everything we plan this day

Begin with your inspiration

And continue with your peace

So that throughout our lives

All that we begin in you

May by you be happily ended

All that we fail to do

May by you be mercifully mended

And all that we seek through you

May by you be lovingly attended

Something to think and pray about this week

Why do the wicked prosper?  The psalmist complained to God about it, and the question still haunts us.  It haunted Jesus, “My God, why have you forsaken me?”

Before his Passion when he looked down on Jerusalem, his religious capital, he had the same sickness of heart, “why did you not use your opportunities while you had them?” He foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and knew he could do nothing to stop it.  If Jesus felt impotent in face of evil, so do we.  Such impotence is part of the human condition.  It means being passive, unable to act. It is the central suffering of the Passion, whether the passion of Jesus or of any of us. It can lead to a particular sort of prayer.  King David in the psalms is constantly crying to God, in a mood that blends anger and frustration with childlike trust.

 Why, O God, have you cast us off for ever? How long O God, is the enemy to scoff? Is the foe to insult your name forever?  Why, O Lord, do you hold back your hand? Why do you keep your right hand hidden?

Prayer is the raising up of our mind and heart to God, and if it is a heart heavy with anger, impotence or anguish, that too can find expression. 

Prayer to the Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart of Jesus

I’ve asked you for many favours

But I plead this one. Take it and place

It in your open broken heart,

When your heavenly Father looks upon it

He will not refuse it (make your request)

Sacred heart of Jesus I place my trust in You.


Prayer in Preparation

Lord, I so wish to prepare well for this time

I so want to make all of me ready and

Attentive and available to you.

Please help me to clarify and purify my intentions.

I have so many contradictory desires.  I get

preoccupied with things that don’t really matter or last.

I know that if I give you my heart,

whatever I do will follow my new heart.

In all that I am today, all that I try to do,

All my encounters, reflections –

even the frustrations and failings

and especially in this time of prayer, in all of this

may I place my life in your hands.

Lord, I am yours. Make of me what you will. Amen.



Dear Lord, help me to live this day Quietly, Easily

To Lean upon Thy great strength, Trustfully, Restfully;

To wait for the unfolding of Thy will

Patiently, Serenely,

To meet others Peacefully, Joyously

To face tomorrow Confidently, Courageously



Stay with me Lord, for without Thy Presence

I forget Thee; Thou knowest how easily I abandon Thee.

Stay with me Lord, for without Thy Strength I fall;

Thou knowest how weak I am.

Stay with me Lord for without Thee my fervour fails;

Thou art my life.

Stay with me Lord, for without Thee I am in darkness;

Thou art my light.

Stay with me Lord and show me Thy Will,

Stay with me Lord and let me hear Thy voice,

Stay with me Lord that  I may follow Thee,

Stay with me Lord that I may love Thee more,

Stay with me Lord that I may stay with Thee.

If Thou would have me to be faithful,

stay with me Lord.

Stay with me Jesus, for, though my soul is poor, 

it desires to be an abode of love for Thee, 

a place of consolation.

Stay with me Lord, for it is getting late; 

the day is ending, life is passing, death, 

judgement,  eternity are coming soon.

Now I must muster all my forces

So that I do not faint on the road.

I have great need for Thee on this Journey.

It is getting late and death is

Approaching—Darkness, temptations,

Dryness, crosses and troubles beset me –

and, Oh, how much I need thee,

My good Jesus, in this night of exile.

Stay with me Jesus because this night of life is so full

of dangers and I have such need of Thee.

Grant that, like Thy disciples, I may recognise

Thee in the breaking of bread.

Grant that the Eucharistic union may be the

light which casts out the darkness,

the force to sustain me

and the one means to sanctify my soul.

Stay with me Lord because, when death arrives,

if I cannot be really with Thee in Holy Communion,

Then I shall wish to remain united  with thee

at least through grace and love.

Stay with me Jesus, I do not ask Thee

for divine consolation because I deserve it

but I beg of thee with all my strength for

the gift of Thy most Holy Presence.

  Stay with me Lord —Thee alone I seek:

Thy Love, Thy Grace, Thy Will, Thy heart,

Thy Spirit—for I love Thee.  Thee alone I love;

Let me seek no other reward but

the increase of that love,

that my love May be real and firm and practical.

  I ask no more than to love Thee with all my heart

on earth and to follow Thee

with all-perfected love for all eternity.

Prayer To St Michael Of All Saints

O Glorious St Michael of all Saints,

you now enjoy your reward with God in Heaven.

Be pleased to assist all those who suffer

From Cancer, since they have been entrusted to

Your powerful intercession.

Obtain for them the strength to endure their

Sufferings with patience and courage.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen


Prayer for Those With An Incurable Disease

Father, we pray for those who suffer from an

Illness for which there is no known cure.

Give them courage when they are afraid.

Give them hope when they are dejected.

 Give them confidence in your love.

Help those working to discover the

Causes of incurable diseases.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

Prayer For All The Sick

Father, your Son accepted our sufferings

To teach us the virtue of patience in

Human illness.

Hear the prayers we offer for our sick

Brothers and sisters.

May all who suffer pain, illness or disease

Realise they are chosen to be saints.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

  Prayer For The Bereaved

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:

‘Blessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.’

Father, we trust in your love, and

Call on you to be with those who are

Experiencing pain, depression or loneliness

Because the one they love has died.

Let their minds and hearts be opened

To the touch of your healing strength.

We make this prayer through Christ

Our lord. Amen.

The True Friend

I need Thee, Heart of Jesus

I need a friend like Thee

A friend to soothe and pity

A friend to care for me.


Sweet Jesus keep me near Thee

Close by Thee all the day;

Permit me not, even though I would,

From thy loved sight to stray.


Uphold me with thy gentle hand

My tottering footsteps guide

And though I fall ten thousand times,

I fear not, but confide.


And Thou wilt teach me, wilt Thou not,

Each duty to fulfill

And it shall be my sole delight

To do Thy gracious will.


 And one request alone I ask

This recompense implore

By every thought, word, act, desire,

To love Thee more and more. 

Will you attend?

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