Daily Prayer Archive

The Sight of You

March 23, 2018

O Jesus,it is not the heavenly reward You have promised
which impels me to love You;
neither is it the threat of hell
that keeps me from offending You.
It is You O Lord,
it is the sight of You
affixed to the Cross and suffering insults;
it is the sight of Your broken body,
as well as Your pains and Your death.
There is nothing You can give me
to make me love You.
For even if there were no heaven and no hell
I would still love you as I do!

Let Us Rejoice

March 22, 2018

At first
Mary didn’t sense
Your presence,
didn’t know it was You
there in the Garden.
When she realized,
her heart was filled
with joy.

How often You are
near to us
and we don’t realize
For You are never far
from any of us.

Lord, help us to be
aware You are close
to us, so that Your
presence can bring
us joy, a joy that
makes our heart sing.


- Columban Fr. Pat Sayles

Prayer Before a Crucifix

March 21, 2018

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus
while before Your face I humbly kneel and,
with burning soul,
pray and beseech You
to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments
of faith, hope, and charity;
true contrition for my sins,
and a firm purpose of amendment.

While I contemplate,
with great love and tender pity,
Your five most precious wounds,
pondering over them within me
and calling to mind the words which David,
Your prophet, said to You, my Jesus:

"They have pierced My hands and My feet,
they have numbered all My bones."


The Wonder of Your Presence

March 20, 2018

Lord, at this time of Easter rejoicing
open our eyes that we may see You in others,
especially in the poor and suffering;

Open our hearts
that we may love You in others,
especially in those who need our forgiveness;

Open our spirits
that we may share You with others,
especially with those who feel far from You.


- Columban Fr. Pat Sayles

Lenten Psalm

March 19, 2018

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust."

For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler,
from the destroying pestilence.
With his pinions he will cover you,
and under his wings you shall take refuge;
his faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.

You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day;
Though a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right side,
near you it shall not come.
Rather with your eyes shall you behold
and see the requital of the wicked,

Because you have the Lord for your refuge;
you have made the Most High your stronghold.
No evil shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent.
For to his angels he has given command about you
that they guard you in all your ways.
Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and glorify him;
with length of days I will gratify him
and will show him my salvation. 

Make Us Worthy

March 18, 2018

Almighty and Everlasting God, 
You have given the human race 
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility. 
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man 
And giving His life on the Cross. 
Help us to bear witness to You 
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. 
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.

St. Patrick Prayer

March 17, 2018

God our Father,
You sent Saint Patrick
to preach Your glory to the people of Ireland.
By the help of his prayers,
may all Christians proclaim Your love to all men.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Lenten Blessing

March 16, 2018

God of times and seasons,
you have brought us again to Lent
for the study of Your Word,
for the remembrance of the temptation of Your Son,
and for the contemplation of His Cross.
The birds know their seasons;
forbid that we be blind to our times.
Grant us a Lenten blessing,
and may no one miss this time of growth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


A Love So Great

March 15, 2018

Even though I can be so proud,
You humbled Yourself on a cross for me.

Even though I can be so selfish,
You rose to share Your life with me.

A love so great, so deep!
A heart so humble, so generous!

Lord, thank you for caring so much;
for seeing the good I’m capable of,
rather than condemning the bad;
for encouraging the good that’s in me,
the new life within waiting to happen;
for patiently waiting for me
to come to life.

Lord, help me to lead a life
worthy of Your love.


- Columban Fr. Pat Sayles

Watch Over Your Family

March 14, 2018

Lord, Your apostle, Paul, once said:
"If we suffer with Christ,
we shall also be glorified with Him.
Therefore whoever participates in the sufferings of our Redeemer
enjoys the sure and certain hope of the glory He has promised."

God, all powerful,
look upon Your family with kindness: 
may Your generous bounty take care of our bodies 
and Your solicitude watch over our souls. 
This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. 

Accept Our Prayers

March 13, 2018

Lord, God all-powerful,
accept our poor prayers
and stretch out your powerful hand to defend us.

Favor our home, Lord, with your presence.
May it repulse all the wiles of Satan.
May Your holy angels live here, to keep us in peace.
And may your blessing remain always upon us.
This we ask of you through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.

Fill Us with Your Presence!

March 12, 2018

Lord, like the lilies that fill our senses
with their pure fragrance,
so fill us with Your pure gifts.

Fill our hearts with Your peace,
the peace only You can give,
the peace of pure holiness;

Fill our minds with all
that is good and pure,
all that is noble and just.

Fill our spirits with the joy
of knowing that You endured
all Your suffering to purify us
and make us whole.

Lord, fill us with Your Spirit!
Spirit of holiness. Let us rejoice,
the Lord has rise indeed!


- Columban Fr. Pat Sayles

Convert Us, O God

March 11, 2018

Convert us, O God our salvation,
and that the Lenten fast may be of profit to us,
instruct our minds with Heavenly discipline.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
world without end.


Days of Salvation

March 10, 2018

During the season of lent,
we begin to realize anew that these are the days of salvation
We know that we are all sinners.
We know that in many things we have all offended Your infinite majesty.
We know that sin destroys Your life in us.
Help us now, Lord,
in our feeble attempts to make up for past sin.
Bless our efforts with the rich blessing of Your grace.
Make us realize ever more our need of penance.
Help us to see,
in our ordinary difficulties and duties,
in the trials and temptations of every day,
the best opportunity of making up for past infidelities.
Help us to realize that You are never outdone in generosity,
and that the least thing we do for You will be rewarded.
Then we shall see, in our own souls,
how the desert can blossom,
and the dry and wasted land can bring forth the rich,
useful fruit that was expected of it from the beginning.


Infuse Our Hearts

March 9, 2018

O gracious Master,
infuse in our hearts
the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom
and open the eyes of our mind
that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel.
Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments,
so that having curbed all carnal desires,
we may lead a spiritual life,
both thinking and doing everything to please You.
For You, O Christ, our God,
are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies;
and to You we render glory,
together with Your eternal Father,
and with Your all holy,
life-creating Spirit,
now and ever, and forever.


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