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The Prayers for Life in Ordinary Time
The Prayers for Life in Ordinary Time
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Thank You Jesus, for Your boundless mercy, love and protection. In Your name, Jesus, I take authority and I bind all the powers and forces of evil in the air, in the ground, in the water, in the underground, in the netherworld, in nature and in fire. You are the Lord over the entire universe and I give You the glory for Your creation. In Your name, I bind all demonic forces that have come against us and our families and I seal all of us in the protection of Your precious blood which was shed for us on the cross.
Mary, my mother, I seek your protection and intercession with the Sacred Heart of Jesus for me and my family. Surround us with your mantle of love to discourage the enemy. St. Michael and my guardian angel, come defend me and my family in our spiritual battle this day.
Thank You Lord Jesus, for You are my compassionate and faithful God. In Your most holy name I pray, Amen.
Image: I love this image so much and was unable to find the artist’s name to properly credit. If anyone knows who sketched this, do tell!
Lord Jesus, in these worrisome days, I come to You, my Rock and Anchor, asking for the grace to surrender my fears and anxieties to You completely. Lord, I believe that You are sovereign over absolutely everything. All is in Your merciful Hands. Jesus, I trust You, help me to trust You more. May I be inflamed by the fire of Your Holy Spirit and may my soul be filled with hope in You and Your promises. I believe that You alone make all things new. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You! Amen.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
I love you, my words fail me, yet my heart is true. Look into my heart and know my love for You and my desire to walk in closer step with You. Wash me again, cleanse me as on the day of my baptism. Make me an instrument of Your mercy, inadequate though I am dear Jesus. I submit to You, give me the words, the tools I need to bring others home to You, that they might know the love and peace of Your divinity. Allow me to trace each step with You, to die to my sin and rise with You refreshed, renewed in faith and thanksgiving for Your great unending love for me and each of Your children.
Guide me these forty days to a deeper love for You and Your presence in others. Let me seek You in all those I encounter. Make me as a shepherd that would gather Your lost sheep and return them to the fold, not by my own skill or savvy, but by Your love and grace alone. Work through me in accord with Your will. I are Yours, Lord Jesus, grant me a heart to serve. In Your Holy name, Amen.
So many of the women we minister to have loved ones struggling with physical and/or emotional illness. Below is one of my favorite healing prayers. You can modify the wording and pray this for yourself each day too!
Dear Jesus, I come before You today asking Your healing for ________[name of your loved one]. He/she belongs to the Holy Trinity, claimed in baptism, sealed by innocent sacrifice and preserved in everlasting grace!
I lift to You all ______’s concerns and anything that comes against him/her, for h/she is Your beloved, son/daughter of the Most High. By his/her faith and my faith for him/her, I claim healing. Lord, I know You are here with us and Your love is constant and unfailing. I come against anything that would separate _____ from You. Heal _______, sustain him/her, comfort his/her heart, still his/her despair, quell his/her doubt, surround him/her with the faithful, as it be Your will.
Protect him/her, Lord Jesus and share the gift of Your gracious Blessed Mother with him/her. Help him/her to feel my love and prayers and grant him/her strength to seek You with a loving open heart. I seal him/her in Your Precious Blood which was shed for us on the cross. We pray in Your most Holy Name, Amen!
Thank You Jesus, for giving me the gift of Your Holy Spirit. I believe that Your Spirit abides within me, is my advocate and ever-present help. You tell me not to be afraid and yet, I am at times. I can become caught in fear – large looming fears and smaller nagging anxieties – and lose touch with Your Spirit within me. Please help me in these moments to readily remember the Truth that You have not given me a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power and love and self-discipline.
Lord, grant me the self-discipline to daily profess my trust in You and to proclaim belief in Your sovereignty over my life. Give me the grace to remember that You are bigger and stronger than the circumstance right in front of me. Guide my heart to face head-on the fears that keep me from growing in intimacy with You. Help me choose faith in You over fear. In Your most Holy Name I pray, Amen.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7
Thank You, my Jesus,
for bringing me to this new day,
to this moment here with You.
Thank You, my Lord,
for freeing me,
for healing me,
so I may live Your love.
Be with me today, my Jesus.
Keep my eyes fixed on You –
on Your Light and Your Mercy.
Guard me from slipping back
into the past from which
You have already rescued me.
Here in Your Light is
where I want to stay.
Jesus, your Sacred Heart is the safe place where I can dwell with You. You call me to You by name and You have known me since the moment You drew me into creation. You love me – and everyone, but in a particular way, me – and that is the most important truth for me to know. Please help this truth to be sown deep within me and allow it to be what I cling to in times of unsettling worry and in times of great joy.
You call me to Yourself and as You draw me near and into Your open arms, I can settle on Your Sacred Heart. As I rest there with You, my heartbeat slows to match the calm and steady beat of Your heart. Your heart beats just for me! And the peace and tranquility it provides is like nothing else in this world. You help me to feel safe, grounded, and secure. With You, I know who I am. Your presence strengthens me to live only for You and Your glory. Help me to be both salt and light in this dark world.
Thank You for creating me in Your image and likeness. By Your love, You show me that I am worthy of giving and receiving love as well. May I never forget just how deeply You love me. Help me to face all that comes my way with Your guiding presence always with me. I will never be alone, and You will never leave me. This is deeply reassuring. You call me to you, and I answer back. In Your name, Amen.
We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
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