Here I a great prayer that I wanted to share with everyone.
Prayer Of St. Ignatius Of Loyola
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.
Such great words by Pope Francis
Let us keep a place for Christ in our lives, let us care for one another and let us be loving custodians of creation.
Tonight I am overwhelmed with a feeling of love and appreciation for my wife and daughter. The Lord has truly blessed with both of them. Both of them without even knowing it inspire my life in so many ways. God is good and I thank him for these two wonderful blessings in my life
Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus
and chaste husband of Mary,
you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth
with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you.
You know their aspirations,
their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know
you will understand and protect them.
You too knew trial,
labour and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life,
your soul was full of deep peace
and sang out in true joy
through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you
and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labour alone.
Teach them to find Jesus near them
and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done.
Categories: Faith, Family
Tags: Faith, Family
Only a few days as Pope and I’m in awe and inspired by Pope Francis.
“As you know, the duty of the conclave is to give Rome a bishop,” he said. “It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the earth to find him.” -Pope Francis
I found a wonderful quote/prayer from a saint I do not know much about. I have added him on my list of saints to learn more about.
By Saint Francis de Sales
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for
you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
Categories: Prayer, Saints
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.”
I was moved by this part of the gospel reading today.
Categories: church, Faith
Last week at my parish, I was greeted by our new statue of the Blessed Mother and she was awe inspiring. It is 9 foot tall and sculpted in Da Nang, Vietnam. It is in the image of Our Lady of Grace.
Our Lady of Grace, Photo by Frank Tavaline ©2012
Faultless Lord, enduring death for me,
You have consummated the debt of my sins:
Your sacrifice of forgiveness was absolute!
Grant me the strength to also forgive others,
To excuse their transgressions against me.
So I may truly reflect this spiritual fruit,
Obliterate any persistent feelings of malice.
Let each trespass end as a closing chapter,
My continuing on the road of righteousness.
Forgive my sins as I aspire to forgive others.
You are truly archetypical of forgiveness.
You are a most forgiving Lord!
More to come on this,
O glorious St. Paul, after persecuting the Church you became by God’s grace its most zealous Apostle. To carry the knowledge of Jesus, our Divine Savior, to the uttermost parts of the earth you joyfully endured prison, scourgings, stonings, and shipwreck, as well as all manner of persecutions culminating in the shedding of the last drop of your blood for our Lord Jesus Christ.
Obtain for us the grace to labor strenuously to bring the faith to others and to accept any trials and tribulations that may come our way. Help us to be inspired by your Epistles and to partake of your indomitable love for Jesus, so that after we have finished our course we may join you in praising Him in heaven for all eternity. Amen.
“O God when I have food, help me to remember the hungry.
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless.
When I have a comfortable home, help me to remember those who suffer from the cold or from the heat.
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer. In all this remembering, help me to destroy my own complacency and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough to help by word, deed and prayer, those who cry out for what I so often take for granted.”
I don’t know who wrote this wonderful prayer but it was posted on Facebook by Fr. James Martin, SJ.
To learn more about Father Martin: http://www.facebook.com/FrJamesMartin