My friend Prabhu Dass arrived at the Naleba church just as I finished my meager breakfast. "Father, Let's go to my uncle's house to persuade the old man to come to a funeral in Lagalaga today."
Dear God, thank you for the example of the Saints.
I desire to join in their company,
worshiping you forever in Heaven.
Please help me follow their footsteps,
and yours, Jesus Christ.
Please help me to conform myself
to Your image, seeking Your will in all things,
as the Saints did.
Please help me to devote myself,
I met Raj, a Sri Lankan Hindu asylum seeker, about nine years ago at the the Solihull Welcome drop-in center for asylum seekers when I was attending the home office reporting center nearby. He and his family had just been evicted from their apartment and literally had nowhere to go. I helped him find other organizations that could help him and gradually things improved.
we thank you for your many blessings
and for the devout men and women
we will celebrate on All Saints Day.
Help us to use their lives as a model
for how to live in your honor and glory.
Protect all children involved tonights
Keep them safe and free from harm
today and always.
In your name we pray.
Sanctify, O Lord,
our souls, minds, and bodies.
Touch our minds
and search out our consciences.
Cast out from us every evil thought,
every unseemly word,
every lie, every deceit,
every worldly temptation,
all greed, all wickedness,
all anger, and malice
that is alien to the will of your holiness.
Enable us to turn to You.
I always enjoy returning to my home parish of St. Joseph's, New Plymouth, in New Zealand over the Christmas period. There is something refreshing and nourishing about going back to familiar places and meeting again with friends. Each time I visit, there are fewer familiar faces, and many of those faces have a couple more wrinkles!
Make us realize, dear Mother,
that there are no people who are so bad
that we cannot say something good about them.
Teach us to speak of the good things people do,
instead of the evil.
And when we must speak of the evil deeds,
let us condemn the deed,
and not the doer.
You, Mary, are the Mother of Divine Love;
O God, all that I am
and all that I have is from You.
You have given me my gifts of body and soul.
You have numbered me among your favored children.
You have showered me with countless graces and blessings.
From all eternity You have thought of me and loved me.
I want to return this love
with all the powers of my soul.
I firmly believe that You are everywhere present
and see all things.
You see my nothingness,
my inconstancy, my sinfulness.
You see me in all my actions.
I bow down before You,
and worship Your Divine majesty with my whole being.
Cleanse my heart from all vain,
wicked, and distracting thoughts.