Heavenly Father,
you have given us the model of life
in the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Help us, O Loving Father,
to make our family another Nazareth
where love, peace and joy reign.
May it be deeply contemplative,
intensely eucharistic and
revived with joy.

Holy Guardian Angels,
be always with us,
guide and protect us.

Amen.

Deliver me, Lord Jesus Christ,
from all my iniquities and from every evil,
make me hold fast to Your commandments
and never allow me to be separated from You.

Amen.

O invincible defender of Holy Church's freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you showed in maintaining
the Church's rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we ask you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner, give strength
in this dread conflict to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.

Dear God, I spend so much time reliving yesterday
or anticipating tomorrow that I lose sight
of the only time that is really mine,
the present moment.
You give today one moment at a time.
That's all I have, all I ever will have.
Give the faith which knows that each moment
contains exactly what is best for me.
Give the hope which trusts You enough
to forget past failings and future trials.
Give the love which makes each moment
an anticipation of eternity with You.
We ask this in the name of Jesus
Who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Amen.

Lord, we thank You for our parents,
without whom we would not be here.
We thank You for their sacrifices,
the many they have made.
May they know the strength and comfort
of Your presence – and of ours.

Amen.

- By a Columban Missionary

O Lord Jesus Christ, who granted
to blessed Bernardine, Your Confessor,
a surpassing love for Your Holy Name;
we ask You by his merits and intercession,
graciously pour into our hearts
the spirit of Your love.
Who lives and reigns, with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.

Amen.

O Holy Spirit,
I humbly implore You,
to be with me always
so that in all things,
I may act under the influence
of Your holy inspiration.

Amen.

O Lord, I thank You for allowing me
to have these very special people in my life.
I have been truly blessed by their presence,
their words and actions, and their love.
I grieve not for them, but for myself,
as I truly miss them.
We shared so much, and yet I feel
our times together were fleeting.
Help me, O God, to realize that the distance
between us now is not so great and that one day,
I will be reunited with them in paradise.
Together, we will glorify You,
Almighty Father, Your only Son, Jesus Christ,
and Your Holy Spirit for all eternity.

Amen.

Saints of God,
who owe your happiness to the Blood of Jesus;
Angelic spirits, who sing Its glory and power,
august Virgin, who to It owes the privileges
of your Immaculate Conception
and Divine Maternity, help me to pay
to the Precious Blood of my Redeemer
a perpetual homage of adoration, reparation
and thanksgiving.

Amen.

O glorious St. Margaret, you embarked
on a life of penance and poverty
after you repented of your sins.
Jesus touched your heart, and after
imposing on yourself a rigorous life of fasting,
Jesus talked and conversed with you,
revealing to you his merciful heart
that rejoices whenever a sinner returns to him.
On controlling your appetite for food,
you managed to free yourself from all temptations,
including those of the flesh
of which you were a victim for many years.
Listen then to our petitions and bring
them to Jesus.

Amen.

Sweet Child Mary,
destined to be the Mother of God
and our sovereign and loving Mother,
by the prodigies of grace you lavish upon us,
mercifully listen to my humble petitions.
In the needs which press upon me from every side
and especially in my present tribulation,
I place all my trust in you and shall eternally praise
the goodness of your Heart.

Most Holy Virgin,
who has stooped to come to Fatima
to reveal to the three little shepherds
the treasures of graces hidden 
in the recitation of the Rosary,
inspire our hearts with a sincere love 
of this devotion, so that by meditating 
on the mysteries of our redemption 
that are recalled in it,
we may obtain the conversion of sinners,
the conversion of Russia, and my intentions 
which I ask of you for the greater glory of God,
for your own honor, and for the good of all people.

Amen.
 

Lord, this Easter season I ask You
to bless my home, to make it a place
where Your goodness dwells,
where Your presence can be felt.
I ask You to protect my home,
to make it a place where my loved ones
can find peace and security
knowing You love them.

Amen.

- By Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles

Heavenly Father, as I sense Your goodness within me
may my body feel whole, so that it may savor Your peace
and goodness within the innermost center of my being
radiating to all parts of my body.

As I rejoice in the presence of Your Spirit within me
may Your balm, Your peace, Your calm radiate
from my soul to my body.
I make this request to You, Lord, with all the faith,
all the hope and all the love that I can bring
to this moment.

Amen.

- By a Columban Missionary

Dear St Damien,
you loved your parents but you loved God more.
You knew God was calling you to the priesthood
and you answered that call
although you knew your parents had other hopes of you.
May we always put God first and never refuse his call
because of any other attachment.