Rule of St. Benedict and Prayer for Priests

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Today’s reading in the Rule of St. Benedict states for the monastery Abbott:   Let him who know, then, that he who has undertaken the government of souls must prepare himself to render an account of them…he may be sure beyond a doubt that on Judgment Day he will have to give to the Lord an [Read More...]

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Illuminate, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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God that lights our way, we ask that you hear us as we offer prayers for our Sisters and Nuns. That in their work at the motherhouse or away from their convent, you illumine their choices by the light of the Gospel. In all their dealings with loved ones or strangers, you enlighten their hearts [Read More...]

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Perseverance in Seminarians, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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  Lord Jesus, once you called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men.  Continue to let resound today your sweet invitation:  “Come and follow Me.” Grant to young men the grace of responding promptly to your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work.  Give perseverance to [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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  Come Holy Spirit and guide our Sisters and Nuns in the formation of new communities. In their venture let them be free of the anxieties that distance them from trusting God to provide.  Help deepen their confidence in one another during uncertain times. In humility let them feel Christ’s presence in all that they [Read More...]

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St. Joseph and a Prayer for our Priests

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Today we heard the story of St. Joseph’s faithfulness to follow the will of God. Let us offer a prayer to Saint Joseph for a Particular Priest: Saint Joseph, I present to you this day Father (N.), priest of Jesus Christ, and beg you to be to him advocate and defender, counselor and friend. Open [Read More...]

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Vocation of Women, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Blessed Mother Mary, You discerned in your heart and gave to God the fullness of yourself in love and faith. You did not know the demands your “yes” would place on you in the future as the mother of Jesus. You chose to walk trusting the will of our Holy Father. Look now on our [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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  Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of vocations, multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious. Guard and protect each of your precious priests according to your Divine Son’s will.  This [Read More...]

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How to Shorten Your Stay in Purgatory

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On gloomy winter days I often drive country lanes. This time of year several farms have Christmas decorations up and some even decorate the out-buildings. One such barnyard was filled with a gaggle of kids squealing and running towards an old oak tree. By the looks of it, hide-and-seek had not gone out of fashion [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

On the feast day of St. Juan Diego this prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, found on EWTN, has been slightly tweaked as an intercession for our women religious. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for holy Church, protect the sovereign Pontiff, help all our Sisters and Nuns who invoke you in their necessities, [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Eternal Pontiff, Good Shepherd and Fountain of life, who by the special goodness of your Most Sweet Heart, have given us priests to fulfill in us the designs of sanctification which your grace inspires in our hearts, we ask you: come to their aid with the assistance of your mercy. O Jesus, may [Read More...]

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