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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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Thank you heavenly Father for all the ways You bless me each day. Today, on the feast of St. John Paul II, I ask that you especially bless me as a woman. I believe that I am an important part of Your plan and that you have chosen me to be here now. Bless my mission, that I may contribute to the Kingdom of Heaven today, through my interactions with those in my workplace, my neighborhood, and especially in my home.
Lord, make my life a mission of love. A mission of making Your love and mercy known to all through the way I relate, speak, and even think. Purify my heart that I may be an ever more worthy dwelling for Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
St. John Paul II, pray for us!
Lord, You are powerful; we praise you for that. So great and mighty are Your works! The Owner and Maker of all- You have given us everything we need to change the spiritual landscape.
And Lord, as we look at our world, we see devastation. Oppression. Abuse. Poverty. Bondage. Fear. Confusion. Survival. We recognize that these problems, as massive as they are, are manifestations of the real battle- the battle in the heavenly realms. So while we can’t reach into every isolated heart and fix those problems, we have been equipped with everything necessary to wage this war. We have access to strength and power to oppose the Destroyer, the Thief, the Liar, The Accuser.
Jesus, stop him in his tracks over the landscape; over this community; over the culture; over the church. By Your great power, bring healing. Bring comfort. Bring restoration. Bring humility. Bring justice.
Prince of Peace, the battle has been won! And we declare Hallelujah! For you are good and are working all things for good for those who love You. The defeat of our Enemy is certain. All the praise forever and ever belongs to Your Name. Amen.
I am becoming aware of the hurtful way I speak to myself. I hear me uttering judgments, negativity, and demeaning words to myself and I come to You seeking forgiveness and help.
It is a new idea for me to consider myself as Your beloved daughter, and as such I sense that my self-criticism is offensive to You. For offending You Lord, I am sorry and I ask Your forgiveness.
Lord, I desire peace in my interior life, peace in my relationship with myself. Please show me the way. Thank you for guiding me to speak words to myself that are kind and supportive. Thank you for helping me to grow in self-acceptance and self-compassion. Thank you for raising my awareness to the thoughts I think and the beliefs I hold about myself that are not of You, so I may cast them aside by the power of Your name.
I yearn for an interior existence that is settled, not stirred up; at peace, no longer rife with conflict. Father grant me this grace! Give me the grace to lift my eyes from myself, and to see You looking upon me with great love and kindness. Teach me to let in, to truly receive, the life-giving riches You offer to me as Your beloved one, that You may be glorified in all I think, say and do.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. – 1 John 2:9
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
Jesus, You are alive! And I too am risen to new life by the power of Your love for me! I dwell in hope with my heart full of gladness! I am filled with confidence and trust in You! I surround myself with thoughts of You; with you ever before…