Daily Prayer Archive

June 1, 2020

God our Father,
may we always profit by the prayers
of the Virgin Mother Mary,
for You bring us life and salvation
through Jesus Christ her Son
Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever.


May 31, 2020

“This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad.” 
Sometimes it is difficult to pray that wonderful prayer.  
That may be true for many of us during this time
of isolation and fear of the virus. 
Yet I know, Lord, that you have a special purpose for me today. 
Give me the peaceful confidence
that everything works together for my good. 
Despite problems today, there is a gift that I can share in some way.


– By a Columban Missionary

May 30, 2020

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.
Every day we are so often reminded in field and wood,
in sky and stream, of Your own boundless generosity to us.
Help us to realize that You are never outdone in generosity,
and that the least thing we do for You will be rewarded,
full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and flowing over.
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.


May 29, 2020

Lord show me how to be strong and patient
in this time of difficulty. 
We have been challenged to live
separated from our loved ones. 
We are asked to sacrifice our freedom
to move around as we might like. 
We remember that in Your time of trial
You were separated from Your loved ones. 
But You showed what it means to love
during a time of trial. 
Help us to accept this time of separation
that we might come closer to our loved ones. 
May we love as You loved on Your lonely way to Calvary.


– By a Columban Missionary

May 28, 2020

My Jesus, I believe that You are present
in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things
and I desire You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though You were already there,
I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You;
permit not that I should ever be separated from You.

May 27, 2020

O Lord our God, who by your Son Jesus Christ called your Apostles
and sent them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations:

We bless Your holy name for Your servant Augustine,
first Archbishop of Canterbury,
whose labors in propagating Your Church
among the English people we commemorate today.

And we pray that all whom you call and send
may do Your will, and bide your time,
and see your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

May 26, 2020

Mary, I love you.
Mary, make me live in God,
with God, and for God.
Draw me after you, Holy Mother.
O Mary, may your children persevere in loving you.
Mary, Mother of God and mother of mercy,
pray for me and for the departed.
Mary, Holy Mother of God,
be our helper.
In every difficulty and distress,
come to our aid, O Mary.
O Queen of Heaven,
lead us to eternal life with God.
Mother of God, remember me,
and help me always to remember you.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we
may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray to Jesus for me.

May 25, 2020

O God, who glorified Your Church
by the learning of blessed Bede,
Your Confessor and Doctor,
mercifully grant to Your servants
to be enlightened by his wisdom,
and helped by his merits.
Through Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
world without end.


May 24, 2020

O my God,
relying on your almighty power
and infinite mercy and promises,
I hope to obtain pardon of my sins,
the help of your grace,
and life everlasting
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
my Lord and Redeemer.

May 23, 2020

The seeds we plant seem dry and dead,
but with the combined wonders of rain and sun,
and the powers of the earth,
they rise from their death-like sleep
and grow green and beautiful in our fields.
The trees, too, that stood so stark and lifeless
through the winter are now bright with living green.

Lord, as we celebrate Your rising from the dead.
We are happy that You have been victor over death.
We look around us at the green fields,
filled with new life,
and are everywhere reminded of You.

May 22, 2020

O God, who to St. Rita you gave
the great grace to love her enemies
in very truth, and both in her heart
and on her brow to bear the stigmata
of Your Passion, have regard, we ask You,
to her merits and her prayers,
and grant that we may wisely
show mercy to our enemies,
and so meditate on the pains of Your Passion
as to make our own the blessedness promised
to those who are meek
and to those who mourn.


May 21, 2020

O Lord Jesus Christ,
who ascended into heaven in glory,
I adore You and praise You
and beg You to ask Your Heavenly Father
to look down in mercy upon us
who still struggle here on earth.


May 20, 2020

Lord you are kind and merciful. 
You forgive us. 
You are always available to welcome us back
after we have failed. 
It is not easy sometimes to offer kindness or mercy
or to forgive others when we have been offended. 
It is particularly difficult when we are under stress
as so many are now with the coronavirus. 
Lord guide us to share that same spirit of kindness
and mercy that you have shared with us.


– By a Columban Missionary

May 19, 2020

Dear Lord Jesus,
When I look at other people’s houses from the outside,
I imagine they are all enjoying days of coziness and companionship.
Forgive me, Lord,  but I envy those people who have a tranquil home.
As day after day, I ‘shelter in place’ in my house,
I find that this is not a refuge from tension, anger, shouting, and worse…
Lord, protect me and anyone who lives in fear in their own home.
Defender of the weak, I need your help and I place myself in the
shadow of the cross.


—  Columban Fr. John Burger, U.S. Regional Director

May 18, 2020

Holy Immaculate Mary,
help all who are in trouble.
Give courage to the faint-hearted,
console the sad,
heal the infirm,
pray for the people,
intercede for the clergy,
have a special care for nuns;
may all feel,
all enjoy your kind and powerful assistance,
all who now and always render and will render,
you honor, and will offer you their petitions.
Hear all our prayers, O Mother,
and grant them all.
We are all your children:
Grant the prayers of your children.

Amen forever.


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