Daily Prayer Archive

July 1, 2020

O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner
but rather that he be converted and live,
grant we ask you, through the intercession
of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin,
Saint Joseph, her spouse,
Blessed Junipero Serra, and all the saints,
an increase of laborers for your Church,
fellow laborers with Christ to spend
and consume themselves for souls
through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.


June 30, 2020

Gracious God. Hear this our prayer in these disturbing times.
We ask you to hear the sounds of those who are
gasping for each breath in hospitals, nursing homes
and old age facilities, and those suffering alone
on the streets of our cities and towns.

Reach out with your healing power
to those who are grieving the loss of loved ones.

Be present to the doctors, nurses and front line careers
who are exhausted from their efforts
in this time of a pandemic that threatens
the lives of so many of your people worldwide.

Strengthen with your wisdom our public government
and health officials who are seeking ways to stop and control
the spread of this virus by encouraging their citizenry
to be calm, reflective and obedient to the restrictions
imposed for the benefit of all.

We make this prayer in your most holy name.


— Columban Fr. Mike Dodd

June 29, 2020

O God, whose right hand raised up blessed Peter,
when he walked upon the water and began to sink,
and thrice delivered his fellow-Apostle Paul
from the depths of the sea, when he suffered
shipwreck: graciously hear us and grant,
by the merits of them both, that we also may attain
unto everlasting glory: Who lives and reigns world without end.


June 28, 2020

O my Jesus, You who are Love,
enkindle in my heart that Divine Fire
which consumes the Saints and transforms them into You.

O Lord our God, we offer You our hearts
united in the strongest and most sincere love of brotherhood;
we pray that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
may be the daily food of our souls and bodies;
that Jesus may be established as the center of our affections,
even as He was for Mary and Joseph.
Finally, O Lord, may sin never disturb our union on earth;
and may we be eternally united in heaven with You
and Mary and Joseph and with all Your Saints.


June 27, 2020

Hail, Mother and Virgin,
Eternal Temple of the Godhead,
Venerable Treasure of Creation,
crown of virginity, support of the true faith,
on which the Church is founded throughout the world.

Mother of God,
who contained the infinite God
under your heart,
whom no space can contain:
through you the most Holy Trinity is revealed,
adored, and glorified, demons are vanquished,
Satan cast down from heaven into hell
and our fallen nature again assumed into heaven.

Through you the human race,
held captive in the bonds of idolatry,
arrives at the knowledge of Truth.
What more shall I say of you?
Hail, through whom the Only-Begotten Son of God
has become the Star of Light to those sitting in darkness
and in the shadow of death.


June 26, 2020

Keep us in peace, O Christ our God,
under the protection of Your holy and venerable Cross:
save us from enemies visible and invisible
and account us worthy to glorify You with thanksgiving,
together with the Father, and the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and world without end.


June 25, 2020

Bless me, heavenly Father,
forgive my erring ways.
Grant me strength to serve You,
put purpose in my days.
Give me understanding,
enough to make me kind.
So I may judge all people
with my heart, not my mind.
Teach me to be patient
in everything I do,
Content to trust Your wisdom
and to follow after You.
Help me when I falter
and hear me when I pray,
And receive me in You kingdom
to dwell with You someday.


June 24, 2020

O glorious Saint John the Baptist,
greatest prophet among those born of woman,
although you were sanctified in your mother's womb
and lead a most innocent life,
nevertheless it was your will
to retire into the wilderness,
there to devote yourself
to the practice of austerity and penance;
obtain for us of Our Lord
the grace to be wholly detached,
at least in our hearts,
from earthly goods,
and to put to death our sinful ways
with the spirit of holy prayer.

June 23, 2020

It is difficult to make sense of what is happening
in our world suffering from the virus. 
We might be tempted to feel abandoned. 
But give us the confidence, Lord,
that out of all this can come a deeper knowing
of your love and care for us. 
Yes, we are vulnerable but may that vulnerability
open us to a deeper sense of your presence in our lives.


– By a Columban Missionary

June 22, 2020

Dear Scholar and Martyr,
it was not the King of England
but you who were the true Defender of the Faith.
Like Christ unjustly condemned,
neither promises nor threats
could make you accept a civil ruler
as head of the Christian Church.
Perfect in your honesty and love of truth,
grant that lawyers and judges may imitate you
and achieve true justice for all people.


June 21, 2020

Lord, please bless our fathers,
these men who mean so much to us,
who are greatly responsible
for who we are and who we are becoming.
Bless them for having the courage
to do what's necessary to keep us out of trouble,
for making us do the right thing,
for helping us build our character,
even when it makes us angry;
and bless them for pushing us to do our best,
even when they just want to love us.
Bless our fathers for being our protectors,
for leading us through stormy times to safety,
for making us believe that everything will be all right
and for making it so.
Bless our fathers for quietly making a living
to provide for those they love most,
for giving us food, clothing, shelter
and the other material things that really matter,
for unselfishly investing time and money in us
that they could have spent on themselves.
Bless our father, Lord,
for saving some energy for fun,
for leading us on adventures
to explore the outer reaches of ourselves,
for making us laugh,
for being our playmates and our friends.
Bless them for being our secure foundation, our rock,
for holding on tight to us … until it's time to let us go.
Lord, bless these men we look up to,
our role models, our heroes, our fathers.
In Jesus' name we pray.


June 20, 2020

O Most Blessed Mother,
heart of love, heart of mercy,
ever listening, caring, consoling,
hear my prayer.
As your child, I implore your intercession
with Jesus your Son.
Receive with understanding and compassion
the petitions I place before you today.

I am comforted in knowing
your heart is ever open
to those who ask for your prayer.
I trust to your gentle care and intercession,
those whom I love and who are sick
or lonely or hurting.
Help all of us, Holy Mother,
to bear our burdens in this life
until we may share eternal life
and peace with God forever.


June 19, 2020

O God, who mercifully bestowed upon us
infinite treasures of love in the Heart of Your Son,
which was wounded for our sins;
grant, we beseech You,
that we who pay Him the devout homage of our piety,
may in like manner show You
our due of worthy satisfaction.

Through the same Christ our Lord.


June 18, 2020

O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
Holy Mary, pray for us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

June 17, 2020

Lord, during this time of anxiety and distress
our patience can run thin. 
Yet deep within us we know
that we can place our trust in you. 
You provide us with the strength we need. 
You do not burden us with any force
that we cannot overcome. 
Sustain us Lord with your overwhelming kindness.


– By a Columban Missionary


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