Thank you for joining our sisterhood of women, journeying through ordinary time together, by the grace of our extra-ordinary God!
Come Holy Spirit!
The Prayers for Life in Ordinary Time
The Prayers for Life in Ordinary Time
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When the details of life begin to overwhelm, no matter how desperately I try to maintain order.
When the chaos begins to swirl. Around… and over… and into…
When my heart feels unable to recognize the joy I clearly see in front of me.
Help me, Lord, to be still.
As the stars twinkle overhead.
While I lie alone with my thoughts.
As unwarranted, yet piercing, pains of inadequacy steal sleep and rest and well-deserved happiness.
Help me, Lord, to trust in you.
Whisper in my ear that you are in control.
Wrap your arms around me. Shelter me in your quiet. Instill in me your paternal peace.
Remind me that this is but a moment in time and one I need to embrace. The chaos. The storm. And all the great gifts you have given as part of this blessed life.
Help me, Lord, to let go. And to let you gently usher me down the path you long ago paved for me. Lead me to my destination, as I experience the ups and downs and uncertainties. Help me, Lord, to have faith in your divine Plan.
“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalms 48:11
Here we are, You and I, another week.
I offer you last week with all of it’s joys and sufferings and unfinished to-dos; please give me the grace to let go.
[Pause to call these things to mind. Lay them down one by one at Christ’s feet and leave them there.]
Give me the grace to know that in You I have the strength to do whatever You will for me do this week.
Help me trust that You will provide the grace needed in each and every moment and for each and every task; I thank You ahead of time for these perfect measures of grace.
Still my racing thoughts, Lord, and direct my attention toward those in most needed of Your love today. May I surrender my desire to cross things off so that I may have the mental and emotional space to slow down, do less, and love more.
[Take a moment to listen. Does anyone in particular come to mind as someone you are being called to love today?]
Send Your Holy Spirit now to fill me up with the peace I need to live in Your love today and to remain firmly rooted in the hope of Your promises.
[Close by taking a moment to be quiet and still and breathe in the peace, love, and hope the Holy Spirit brings.]
I love you Lord, I’m so thankful we are starting this week together.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10
Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing Your immense love for me through the gift of Jesus. Jesus, thank you for helping me open more fully to You, that I may more fully receive and live in your love.
Thank you also for the powerful gift of your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, dwelling within me, fill me with a deep desire to live a fruitful life for the glory of God. Today, I especially ask for the grace to love well; that the first fruit of Love will be abundant in all my relationships and interactions of this day. I surrender to You now all that keeps me from loving well. I desire to live fully for You, Lord!
“In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.” 1 John 4:9
In this week’s prayer post, we are sharing a special novena being prayed for accountability, transparency, and healing within our Church. The novena originates from John Paul and Annie of praymorenovenas.com. Below, we share today’s prayers, Day 1 of the Novena. You can read each day’s prayers at the Pray More Novenas website here.
“Today we will be fed from the broken body of Christ and repent for the broken, sinful humanity of the Church.
Tomorrow, we lean in and begin to restore our Mother Church and our family. Tomorrow we invite and give full access to the Holy Spirit to bring forth light into the darkness and to move us ALL boldly into reform.” – from Abiding Together
NOVENA, DAY 1:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Holy Spirit, comfort us, give us clarity, and bring light to this darkness and evil.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. – Amen.
Saint Peter, pray for the Church, that it may be re-built, healed, and made holy.
St. Charles Lwanga and St. Monica, pray for the abused, the survivors and for justice.
St. Catherine of Siena, pray for reform and restoration of the clergy.
St. John Vianney, pray for the holiness of priests and bishops.
St. Benedict, pray that this evil be cast out of the Church.
St. Anthony, pray for us to find the way forward.
St. Paul, pray for the bishops that they may be fearless in confronting other bishops.
St. Augustine, pray for true repentance and transparency.
St. Dymphna, pray for consolation for the heartache, depression and anxiety this evil has caused.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
That my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me, and be so in me
That every soul I come in contact with
May feel Your 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;
The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
By the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
The evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.
“So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.” -Ephesians 5:2
I am Your Beloved daughter.
You called me, You chose me.
I know I have been given an abundant inheritance as one of Your own.
You desire for me to claim my inheritance, to ask and receive. Although I often squander or neglect the gifts You have given, through the blood of Christ crucified, the waters of Baptism, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation, Your grace is always available to me.
Today I ask You to remind me, and all of my sisters, that You give us what is needed to live courageously holy lives in service of You. Give us the presence of mind to intentionally invite the Holy Spirit into every thought, deed, and interaction. Give us the strength to conform ourselves to the image of Christ, the firstborn of all creation. Bless us with unshakable faith in Your Fatherly Love.
“For this reason…we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” -Colossians 1:9-12
Heavenly Father, thank you for the life and model of Saint John the Baptist. We look at his commitment to Your singular purpose, and we desire to be filled with the same. Lord, through the message of Saint John the Baptist, You call us each to uncompromising holiness and to awareness and repentance of all that keeps us from You. Grant that heeding this call becomes my singular desire!
I give You permission to shine Your Light into every corner of my interior being. Please clear away the cobwebs from my mind and my heart, that I may see myself more clearly. That I may see You more clearly. I give You now all that keeps me from living this day in accord with the singular purpose of holiness. Draw me closer to You. By Your grace, I surrender all the distractions and worries that creep into my heart, dimming Your light, dampening my desire for You.
Lord, send Your Holy Spirit now upon me. Set a fire in my heart! Fill me with an ever-growing desire for what is holy and pleasing to You, my God.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” – Matthew 3:11
Today we lift up all the men to whom You have entrusted the gift of life.
We thank You for the men called to physical fatherhood and for spiritual fathers.
We thank You for giving us a glimpse of Your fatherly attributes in those fathers who have loved and protected us well.
We thank You for redeeming those father relationships which have been marked with pain and brokenness.
We thank You that, no matter what our personal experience of fatherhood might be, You are the perfect Father.
You love us, and accept us, and want us to know, deep in our bones, our true worth as Your beloved daughters. You protect us and bind our wounds when we fall or our hearts get broken.
You gather us tenderly in Your arms and give us rest.
Father, we love You, help us learn to rely entirely on You with childlike trust and surrender.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…” -2 Corinthians 1:3
I want my heart to be completely free to love You, Who are Love itself.
Give me a heart free of self absorption, that I might know and love Christ in every person I meet.
Give me a heart brimming with joy and peace, that remains firmly rooted in You, no matter my circumstances.
Give me a heart free of doubt: doubt in You, Your faithfulness and perfect plan for my life; doubt in myself and the gifts You have given me; doubt in others’ intentions towards me.
Give me a heart that is malleable, that can be molded and lovingly shaped, like clay in the Potter’s hands, to be evermore in the likeness of Christ’s Sacred Heart, Mary’s Immaculate Heart, and St. Joseph’s pure heart.
Give me a heart that breaks with Yours at the sufferings of others and the hurt that seems to permeate the world.
Give me a heart that can stretch and expand to welcome and nurture the lonely, the hurting, the weak.
Hide me in Your Most Sacred Heart, Jesus.
Enkindle my heart with Your gifts and fruits, my advocate, oh Holy Spirit.
Thank You for teaching me how to love.
“Beloved…Since you have purified yourselves
by obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love,
love one another intensely from a pure heart.
You have been born anew,
not from perishable but from imperishable seed,
through the living and abiding word of God…” – 1 Peter 1:22 & 23
Cultivate joy, Holy Spirit, make my heart into your garden. Dig deeply, dig boldly, and dig freely. I resolve to put nothing in the way of Your cultivation. Weed and prune my heart as You desire. Water and cultivate my soul as You desire. Tend my heart as You please.
Cultivate poverty of life,
Cultivate chastity of heart,
Cultivate obedience of mind.
Root out what does not belong in the garden of my heart, and use whatever tools You desire.
Root out the weeds of selfishness, that tempt me to keep my fruit for myself.
Root out the weeds that hide deep below the surface, the weeds I am afraid to expose to Your Sunlight.
Root out the weeds of vanity, that desperately seek the light of the world, only to wither.
Root out the weeds of fear, that keep me from even planting myself in Your soil.
Root out the weeds of worldly cares, which choke Your fruitfulness in me.
Prune the branches of my heart, of the genuine loves that must be separated from worldly and selfish clingings.
Prune my commitments and give clarity of where You desire for me to serve.
Prune my words, that my mouth may be used only to build up Your Kingdom.
Prune my desires, that I may seek to be cultivated by You always.
Prune my whole life, that by abiding in You and bearing fruit, I may prove to be Your disciple.
Most Blessed Mary, Mother of God, you are the Immaculate One, through whom shines the fullness of grace. Here, then, I stand, your daughter, seeking refuge in your motherly protection.
Today I entrust to you the future that awaits me, and I ask you to be with me as I go on my way. I wish to take you into my home, that I may learn from you and give my steady and perpetual YES to God.
Mary, I humbly seek your intercession with your beloved Son, that He may give me, in abundance, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. May the Holy Spirit open my heart and help me grow in awareness of and sensitivity to His promptings, moving always toward freedom and peace.
My mother, I entrust to you my daily cares, the daily trials which life brings. Come to my aid and stand between me and my weakness. Be my strength. Lend me your purity and courage to resist the devil always.
I commit my journey to you, that you will guide me ever closer to Christ. I pray that I will be strengthened in spirit, mind, and body to follow your example of total surrender to the Father’s perfect Will.
Thank you for the innumerable blessings You have given us in our sisters. To have other women we can connect with, share our faith with, and share our hearts with, is a unique and precious gift.
I ask that You guide any one of our sisters who feels isolated or lonely to a loving community where she can grow a supportive, comforting sisterhood. Send your Spirit to intently nudge at our hearts to reach out beyond our established circle of sisters to see Your daughters who are searching for community. Give us holy boldness and selfless love.
We ask You to bless the gatherings of your daughters taking place in various events across the world, in particular for those attending the Made New Freedom Retreat and the Brave Ministry Conference. Fill each participant with peace and an unshakable understanding of Your Fatherly love.
We love you and we long to serve You with our whole beings and our sisterhood.
“…Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” -Ruth 1:16
When the details of life begin to overwhelm, no matter how desperately I try to maintain order. When the chaos begins to swirl. Around… and over… and into… When my heart feels unable to recognize the joy I clearly see in front of me. Help me, Lord, to be…
Oh Jesus, Here we are, You and I, another week. I offer you last week with all of it's joys and sufferings and unfinished to-dos; please give me the grace to let go. [Pause to call these things to mind. Lay them down one by one at Christ's feet and…
Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing Your immense love for me through the gift of Jesus. Jesus, thank you for helping me open more fully to You, that I may more fully receive and live in your love. Thank you also for the powerful gift of your Holy Spirit. Holy…
In this week's prayer post, we are sharing a special novena being prayed for accountability, transparency, and healing within our Church. The novena originates from John Paul and Annie of praymorenovenas.com. Below, we share today's prayers, Day 1 of the Novena. You can read each day's prayers at the Pray…
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly, That my life may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through me, and be so in me That every soul I come…