Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers

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Thoughts in Solitude - Thomas Merton

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 that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But, I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that 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 know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always 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

Hour of Defeat

In the Hour of Defeat, many men have discovered their true greatness by accepting defeat only as a challenge to try again! Our Lord Jesus tells us that "He is with Us" when we call His Holy name. By accepting Jesus into our Hearts, making a welcome home for Him to reside, Authentic Power comes from within us to all whose lives we touch. Indeed, we Men of Christ turn each defeat into heroic possibilities for a Triumphant Christ.

We Men of Christ Must learn to, Ask for forgiveness and Atone for transgressions. Amen. James 4:4-10

Thoughts of the Saints - Guides and Teachers for Us

Dedicate yourself to God in all things.Saint Genevieve

Our Lord does not come from Heaven every day to stay in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another Heaven, the Heaven of our soul in which He loves to dwell. Saint Therese Lisieux

Whoever turns to the Eucharist frequently and devoutly so effectively builds up his soul's health that it is almost impossible for him to be poisoned by evil affection of any kind. Saint Francis de Sales - converted over 40,000 people to Catholicism. Francis was a powerful Saint who knew that he was destined for service to God by age 13. His dying words of advice to a nun at his bedside was "Humility".

Go to Holy Communion even when you feel lukewarm, leaving everything in God's hands. The more my sickness debilitates me, the more urgently do I need a doctor. Saint Bonaventure

Be courteous when addressed, amiable in social exchanges....Harshness is ever to be put aside, even in censuring. Saint Basil the Great

There can be no joy of life without the joy of work. Saint Thomas Aquinas - Feast Day is January 28

Let us love God, but with the strength of our arms, in the sweat of our brow. Saint Vincent de Paul

Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon Heaven, the one and only goal of our labors....We must see life in its true light. It is an instant between two eternities. Saint Therese Lisieux, The Little Flower

God calls us ceaselessly....He speaks to us and calls us in through the conversations of good people, or from sermons, or through the reading of good books; and there are many other ways. God calls us through sickness and trials, or by the means of truths which God teaches us at times when we are engaged in prayer; however feeble such prayers may be, God values them highly. Saint Teresa of Avila

We must confess, we must ask God for forgiveness each day, in all that we do. As we prepare a pure place for him, he can work miracles through us. Saint Joan of Arc, The Maid of Lorraine

God passes through the thicket of the world and wherever the divine glance falls, all things are turned to beauty. Saint John of the Cross

A leader of God's Church is to quicken the hearts of believers, converting thoughts moved by emotions, to actions of love. Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop of Antioch and Patron Saint of Preachers

When night comes, and retrospect shows that much which one planned is left undone, when so many things rouse shame and regret, then lay it all in God's hands and offer it up to God. Saint Edith Stein

Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Jesus. Saint Jerome, Doctor of the Church. He made fierce attacks on the pagan lifestyle of the 4th century and completed monumental translations of the Bible into the common language of literacy - Latin. He died in Bethlehem in 420, with his head resting in the manger where Our Lord was born.

Daily Devotions

May these help you to clarify your thoughts and hearts.

Sunday - Achieving Peace 
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.
Amen.

Monday - Keeping the Faith 
I bind myself
God's power to guide me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to teach me,
God's eye to watch over me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to give me speech,
God's hand to guide me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to shelter me,
God's host to secure me.
Amen.

Tuesday - Feeling Compassion 
Jesus, may the contemplation of Your sufferings move me with the greatest compassion,
make me hate my sins, and 
kindle in my heart more fervent love for You...My beloved Jesus, grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Amen.

Wednesday - Finding the Strength 
O, mighty Lord, I pray that You will be my shield as I do battle against ignorance, cruelty and injustice.
Through Your unending love, I pray that you will grant me goodness and steadfastness, so that I might lead others to do Your will and glorify Your name.
Amen.

Thursday - Leading The Way 
Lord, inspire us today with the qualities of good leadership.
Give us insight to make wise decisions, integrity to face the truth, courage to make difficult choices and compassion for the needs of others.
Make us a model of justice and honor to the world, and let us never forget that our job is to serve, both You and others.
Amen.

Friday - Doing Your Will 
Teach us to be generous, good Lord;
Teach us to serve You as You deserve;
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not seek for rest,
To labor and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing we do Your will.
Amen.

Saturday - Finding Comfort 
Help me to remember what is really important:
that I am your child and You are my father.
You love me for who I am and how I live, not for what I look like or what I own.
Let me praise You who sees into my heart, who is always with me and who eases my suffering.
Amen.

Prayer for Priests

O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home, or abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in purgatory.

Above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priest who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose masses I assisted and who gave me your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priest who taught and instructed me; all the priest to whom I am indebted in any other way.
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart and bless them abundantly in time and eternity.
Amen

Prayer for Priests Poem

Keep them, I pray Thee, Dearest Lord, 
Keep them, for they are Thine.
Thy priests whose lives burn out
Before Thy consecrated shrine.

Keep them for they are in a world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure,
Shelter them in Thy Heart.

Keep them and comfort them
In hours of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice for souls
Seems but in vain.

Keep them, and remember Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts
With human frailty.

Keep them as spotless as the Host
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed
Deign, Dearest Lord, to bless.

Amen