Glorious Saint Sebastian,
you who had great courage,
help us to be witnesses of Jesus
before this unbelieving world
as You have brought others to Christ.
Help us to have the love of neighbor
that You had and to give our lives
for our brothers, even in difficulties and dangers.
Help us to have faith in the pains of life
Glorious Saint Sebastian,
When I’m not feeling well,
and tired, I can get so down,
down with others,
down with myself,
down with everything,
my spirit withers within me.
I become like a flower in a dry land,
desperate for rain,
just wishing to feel at rights,
so I can enjoy my life again.
My name is Danish Yakoob and I’m from Latifabad, Hyderabad, Pakistan. I have been working as a Columban co-worker in the Hyderabad Diocese since November 1, 2016. I have been married to Sania since 2009, and God has blessed us with a son and two daughters.
Dear Lord God,
it was steady and predictable
to live in stability for a long time.
Now, there is much uncertainty
How long will this pandemic last?
In ages past, our ancestors also had
experiences of pandemic
We are not the only ones to know
this kind of illness and possible pending
Grant, we ask You, O Lord Jesus Christ,
that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother,
whose most holy soul was transfixed
with the sword of sorrow
in the hour of Your Own Passion,
may intercede for us before the throne of Mercy,
now and at the hour of our death.
Under your patronage, dear Mother,
and calling on the mystery of your Immaculate Conception,
I desire to pursue my studies and my labors:
I hereby solemnly declare
that I am giving myself to these studies
chiefly to the following end:
that I may better contribute to the glory of God
and to the promotion of your veneration among men.
The little drummer boy listens to the music,
concentrates on the sound,
marches in step to beat out the
rhythm on the drum.
Lord, Your Spirit has been poured
into my heart, making me a child of God.
Help me to see every person
as my brother and sister,
and show deep respect and love.
When I look at Your heavens,
according to my own lights,
with these weak eyes of mine,
I am certain with reservation
that they are Your heavens.
The stars circle in the heavens,
reappear year after year,
each with a function and service to fulfill.
And though I do not understand them,
I know that You, O God, are in them.
As we read in the psalm, “The Lord is kind
and merciful. And slow to anger.”
Never let me forget the gifts you,
Lord, have given me, the mercy
you have shown me, the forgiveness
you continue to offer me despite
my weaknesses and failures.
Help me to witness to your goodness
by sharing my gifts, showing others your mercy,