Heavenly Father,
we are reminded by the Second Vatican Council
that our family is a domestic Church
where family prayer and mutual affection
pay You special worship.
Help us to be a family of love,
support, forgiveness and courage.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

O my God, holiness becomes Your House,
and yet You made Your abode in my breast.
My Lord, my Savior, to me You came,
hidden under the semblance of earthly things,
yet in that very flesh and blood
which You took from Mary,
You came to me.
My God, You see me; I cannot see myself...
You see how unworthy so great a sinner
is to receive the One Holy God,
whom the Seraphim adore with trembling...

My God, cleanse my heart and mind from all that is past...
give me a true perception of things unseen,
and make me truly, practically,
and in the details of life.
I prefer You to anything on earth,
and the future world to the present.

Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant,
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds
of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness
to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son.
Endowed with the gift of discernment,
he labored endlessly in the confessional
for the salvation of souls.
With reverence and intense devotion
in the celebration of Mass,
he invited countless men and women
to a greater union with Jesus Christ
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Now, through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
I ask You to grant my petitions.

O most merciful and almighty God,
You bestowed as gift to Lorenzo Ruiz
the strength to withstand
the overpowering forces of death
for the sake of his faith in You.

Through his prayers,
help us to follow his example
by overcoming all life’s trials
and eventually, increase
our hope and love in You.

O Holy Tabernacle!
You enclosed the precious Bread of heaven,
the food of angels, the eucharistic manna of the soul.
My heart longs and sings for You, O good and gentle Jesus,
Who are hidden in the Blessed Sacrament!
You are my Lord, my God, and my all,
and You will graciously come to me this day in holy communion.
I adore You profoundly, with the angels who surround
Your altar-throne of mercy and compassion;
I bless You; I thank You for all the graces I have received
through the Holy Eucharist;
I am sorry for having offended You;
I love You now with all my heart.
I wish to offer this holy communion
in reparation for all the offences that have been committed
against You in the sacrament of Your love,
and especially in atonement for my own sins and negligence.
I shall approach the Holy table today
with the greatest confidence that You, O Lord,
wilt grant me all my requests.


Dear Lord,
as my life declines
and my energies decrease,
more than ever hold me by Your Power,
that I may not offend You,
but daily increase in Your Love.
Give me strength to work in Your Service
till the last day of my life.
Help me to ever have
an increasing dread of venial sin,
or whatever would cause
the slightest withdrawal of Your love,
all day long,
and at night keep me close to Your Heart;
and should I die, before the morning breaks,
may I go rejoicing in that vision
of Your entrancing beauty,
never to be separated from You.


O my God, I thank You for having preserved me today
and for having given me so many blessings and graces.
I renew my dedication to You and ask Your pardon for
all my sins.

God, come to my assistance.
Lord make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, 
world without end.


Weary after walking, You sat down to rest.
Thirsty at the well, You asked for a drink.
Exhausted in a boat, You slept in the storm.
Sad at Lazarus’s death, You wept at his tomb.
In anguish at supper, You wanted to die.
Afraid in the garden, You sweated blood.
Dying on the cross You gave a loud cry.
Lord, You understand my weariness, my fear and pain.
Comfort me again and again.


- By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

O God, who adorned Saint Robert,
Your Bishop and Doctor,
with marvelous learning and virtue
to expose the deceptions of error
and to defend the rights of the Apostolic See,
grant by his merits and intercession,
that love for the truth may increase in us,
and the souls that do wander
may return to the unity of Your Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

O sweetest Jesus,
You came into the world
to give all souls the life of Your grace,
and who, to preserve and nourish it in them,
has willed to be the daily cure of their daily infirmities
and their daily sustenance;
we humbly beseech You,
by Your Heart all on fire with love for us,
to pour forth upon them all Your Divine Spirit,
so that those who are unhappily in mortal sin,
may turn to You and regain the life of grace which they have lost,
and those who, through Your gift,
are already living this Divine life,
may draw near daily to Your sacred table,
by means of daily Communion,
they may receive daily the antidote for their venial sins,
and may every day foster within themselves the life of grace;
and may come at last to the possession of that eternal life
which is happiness with You.


O Blessed Virgin Mary,
Immaculate Mother of God,
who endured a martyrdom of love and grief,
beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus!
You co-operated in the benefit of my redemption
by your innumerable afflictions
and by offering to the Eternal Father His only-begotten Son
as a holocaust and victim of appeasement for my sins.
I thank you for the unspeakable love
which led you to deprive yourself of your Son,
Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner.
Oh! make use of the unfailing intercession of your sorrows
with the Father and the Son,
that I may steadfastly amend my life
and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins;
and that, persevering till death in His grace,
I may obtain eternal life through the merits of His Cross and Passion.
Mother of love, of sorrow, and of mercy, pray for us.


Oh, Holy Cross, fill my soul with good thoughts.
Oh, Holy Cross, ward off from me all things that are evil.
Oh, Holy Cross, ward off from me all dangers and deaths
and give me life everlasting!
Oh, Crucified Jesus of Nazareth, have mercy on me
now and forever.

O Lord, my God,
I am not worthy that You should come into my soul,
but I am glad that You have come to me
because in Your loving kindness
You desire to dwell in me.
You ask me to open the door of my soul,
which You alone have created,
so that You may enter into it
with Your loving kindness
and dispel the darkness of my mind.
I believe that You will do this
for You did not turn away Mary Magdalene
when she approached You in tears.
Neither did you withhold forgiveness from the tax collector
who repented of his sins or from the good thief
who asked to be received into Your kingdom.
Indeed, You numbered as Your friends
all who came to You with repentant hearts.
O God, You alone are blessed always,
now, and forever.

O most holy, O most benign,
O noble and glorious Virgin Mary,
who was worthy to bear in your sacred womb the Creator of all,
and to nourish Him whose true, real,
and most holy Body and Blood I,
an unworthy sinner, have just now dared to receive,
I humbly ask you to intercede with Him for me, a sinner;
that whatsoever, by ignorance or neglect,
by accident or irreverence,
I have left undone, or have done amiss,
in this unspeakably holy Sacrifice,
may be pardoned through your prayers
to our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who with the Father and the Holy Ghost
lives and reigns world without end.


Gracious God, our world changed with the 9/11 attacks.
We have seen how easily buildings can fall
and how quickly lives can end.
As we remember 9/11, may it remind us
that You are our only true security.
Give us Your strength to face the memory of this attack
and the changes it made in our lives.
Give us Your compassion to help each other
and recognize need around the world.
Give us Your hope as we face an uncertain future.
Give us Your peace.