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Come Holy Spirit!
The Prayers for Life in Ordinary Time
The Prayers for Life in Ordinary Time
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Jesus, as Christ the Bridegroom, is a betrothed King; betrothed to His bride, the Church – the people of God. You and me. And He loves each one of us personally, intimately, and unconditionally. Christ the Bridegroom desires for each of us to open ourselves to receive the depth of His spousal love and to come to know Him as “Bridegroom.” It is in this context, that Laura shares the beautiful prayer below.
My Beloved Bridegroom,
Thank You for the gift of Your Love
and for inviting me to oneness with You
in a spousal relationship.
Today I make a free, total, and faithful
gift of myself to You as Your bride.
May God grant that by the help of His grace,
our love will continually bloom in fruitfulness.
May I grow in love of You, love of myself, love
of others, and in my understanding of spousal love.
I promise to honor and protect
God’s precious gift of my dignity
as His beloved daughter and Your pure bride.
I promise to be faithful to You, and to
open myself to graciously and gratefully
receive Your love.
Prayer by Laura Ercolino.
Heavenly Father, thank You for this year, now drawing to a close. Thank You for all the ways Your hand has held me, led, me and sustained me. Thank You for the moments of peace, joy, blessing and prosperity You provided me. Thank You for the restoration, healing and renewal You granted to me. Thank You for all that has been forgiven, released and renounced in Your Name, Jesus. As we begin the new year together, I ask for the grace to draw nearer to You still, to desire You more deeply and to follow Your will more closely. I commit myself and this coming year into Your hands. Amen.
Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. – Psalm 103:2
I will allure her into the desert and speak tenderly to her heart. – Hosea 2:14
I was blessed to have a heartfelt and thought-provoking conversation with my sister Laura about the ‘Advent desert.’ I’ve included the video of that conversation at the bottom of this reflection.
Laura began by explaining: The Advent desert is that place we come to meet Jesus, barren of the things of the world that distract us from Him. In the “desert” we can set aside all that pulls us away from His heart. There, it is easier to recognize Him; to recognize the ways He comes to us with His love and His living water.
Mary journeyed across the Judean desert during the very first Advent. Let us ask her to guide us along our journey to meet her Son. We can ask her for the spiritual courage to say yes to His love and His will. We can ask Mary for the spiritual fearlessness to allow ourselves to come barren before the Lord so we may fully receive His life-giving Living Water.
My dear Jesus, I have heard You calling to me to come away with You. Help me accept Your invitation despite my fears and insecurities. Take me by the hand and gently lead me into the Advent desert. I open all of my heart to You, including the dry barren places. I want to receive all the love You have for me. I trust in Your Love. Mother Mary, please be my constant guide and my companion. Help me to prepare by doing less and trusting more, by being still and quiet, open and receptive. Teach me to say yes to our Lord. Amen.
Dear Lord, I deeply desire peace and stillness in my life. Grant me the grace to spend silent time with You today and everyday. May I sit still for a few moments – in front of the Blessed Sacrament or envisioning You in my mind’s eye – and simply gaze upon You in silence. I breathe in Your Love. I surrender myself to You fully. Thank You for filling me with all that I need. Amen.
“Contemplation brings us into God’s sweetness, it decreases sadness, it gives us rest from the distraction of the senses, blessing us with the ability to perceive more keenly interior inspirations from God; and it increases, strengthens and directs our affections toward God.” St. Thomas Aquinas
Jesus, You know each of my hurts, each sin committed against me. Pour Your Mercy out upon me that I might be merciful towards those who have hurt me. Help me to forgive so I can be freed, so I can be healed. I am ready to choose forgiveness, to make the decision to release the one who has injured me and in doing so to free myself from the chains of resentment and bitterness. Thank You Jesus, for covering my wounds with Your soothing balm, easing the pain and providing the grace I need to surrender all into Your hands. In Your Name I pray, Amen.
Use the simple prayer below to free yourself from the bond of unforgiveness:
In the name of Jesus, I forgive _________ for __________ [name the specific injury]. Repeat as many times as necessary.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:32
My Beloved Jesus, I desire to see myself through Your eyes of Love. Please remove all lies and distortions that veil my vision of myself. May I see Your Truth in my own eyes, a reflection of my image in Your eyes… the gaze of pure Love, the look that heals and reveals my true beauty. I uncover my face, my heart, my brokenness and open my eyes before You. Come Lord and see me as I am, for I believe Your looking upon me will heal and restore me. In Your Name I pray, Amen.
“You made me worthier of being seen since Your loving glance left in me grace and beauty.”-St. John of the Cross
O Holy Spirit, divine Spirit of light and love, I give myself to You; my understanding, my heart and my will. I give You my whole being, for time and for eternity. May my understanding be always obedient to Your heavenly inspirations and the teachings of the holy Catholic Church, of which You are the unfailing Guide. May my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of my neighbor. May my will be ever conformed to the Divine Will. May my whole life be a faithful following of the life and virtues of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and You be honor and glory forever. Amen!
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. – John 14:26
Dear Jesus, my wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, heal my mind today. Be present to me now and, in Your compassion, ease my troubles and lighten my emotional burdens. I pray that I may experience calmness, tranquility and peace this day. Help me to grow in faith and love and protect my heart, mind and emotions from all evil influence, from all temptation to think thoughts that pull me out of Your peace and into anxiety or worry. Jesus, I place my trust and confidence in You, my ever present help in times of trouble. I pray in Jesus name, Amen!
“Take every thought captive to obey Christ.”-2 Corinthians 9:8
Heavenly Father, You are trustworthy and all Your words are true. You are the solid foundation, My Rock upon whom I build my trust. You are steady and ever true, always present when I need You most. Grant me endurance for this and every day. Open my eyes, Jesus, that I may see You in every moment. You are always with me and You will never leave me. Let this truth settle in my heart and give me unending peace amid the chaos of daily life and the anxious thoughts that spiral around my mind. Jesus, I trust in you. You make me strong when I am weak. I pray all this in your name, Amen.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalm 18:2
Heavenly Father, I believe that You are walking beside me today and, in every moment, loving me and caring for me as Your precious daughter. I give my life to You again today. I take my place in Your cross and death, Your resurrection and life, Your ascension and authority. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and live through me today; love through me. Jesus, thank You for coming for me and ransoming me with Your own life. I pray to know Your love for me more deeply, more truly, today. Help me to know Your heart toward me and toward my life. I love You. I need You. I trust You. In Your most holy name, Amen.
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear” – Luke 12:7
– Adapted from a prayer by Stasi Eldredge in her book “You are Captivating.”
Jesus, You are the Lord of all, I will seek you with all my heart. In all that I do, I want to serve you, worship you, and adore you – through my actions, words, and life. I will follow you to find true peace and joy. Help me to remember who I am – a beloved daughter, sister, and friend. I am made in your image and likeness, perfect as I am and yet also very human and weak. You came to die for everyone, but also just for me because you love me deeply and perfectly. How unworthy I am, but you say that I am good and worth it, and so I believe. In Jesus name, Amen!
I desire to learn from You, my patient teacher, how to live each day, each hour, each moment with awareness of Your loving Presence and ever-falling shower of Grace.
Teach me, Lord, how to open myself to receive Your life-giving gift of Grace again and again, right here, where You continually offer it – in the sacrament of the moment… the perpetual now.
Thank You for this slow and steady shower of love and mercy raining down upon the dry, barren desert places in my mind, heart, soul, and life.
Grant me the ability to see and experience the blossoming of hope, healing, and fruit of the Spirit that always accompany the grateful receptivity of Your Grace.
In Your Holy Name, I pray. Amen
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our LORD. – 2 Peter 1:2