Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Spirit of Infinite Love,
Be with me and my people. Help us know that we are loved–wholly and deeply–exactly as we are. Help us know that our faces are a reflection of the face of the sacred, the face of God. Help us understand that our longing to be whole and tell the truth of who we are is holy. Be with us when we are afraid. Be with us when we are proud and joyful. Be with us when we are confused. Protect us from our enemies.

Help us transform the world by being ourselves and understanding the deep need for every person to have the freedom, safety, and support to do the same. Help us transform the oppression we face into determination to stand up for ourselves and for any we see also being oppressed. Help us learn to accept our anger when it is necessary and appropriate and to let it go when it is causing harm.

Help us accept and celebrate the diversity in our own community and show the world it is possible to love each other even though we do not always agree. Help us forgive. Help us listen. Help us let go of stubbornness. Let us worry more about being kind than being right.



Prayers for Bullying Prevention Awareness Week

St. Therese of Lisieux Prayer from “Story of A Soul”

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.


Let us remember that when we laugh at someone, they feel pain.
Let us remember that when we pick on someone they are angry but also afraid.
Let us remember that when we don’t stick up for someone who is being bullied, they are alone.
Let us remember that we bully because we want to feel strong, the boss.
But are we? What have we done?
We have forgotten our own fear by making others frightened.
We have forgotten our own loneliness by leaving one of us alone.
We have hidden our own nightmare in another’s terror.
It is no longer enough to be sorry.
It is no longer enough to boast and swagger.
These attitudes are hollow, skating on the thin ice of our own fears, our own hates.
May we have the courage to confront ourselves in the ‘not me’, ‘don’t want to know’, ‘it’s their problem’, ‘I’m not involved’.
May we have the courage to confront ourselves in the ‘I’m right’,  I’m me and it’s my world, not theirs’.
For we are all hurt, all afraid, all alone, all different, all me, and the world is all ours.
May we show forth Christ-like love and create the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
We ask this through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Father, You are our Rock, Fortress and Saviour.  You are our Rock in whom we find protection.   Lord, You always keep Your promises; You are gracious in all that You do.  You help those who have fallen and You lift those who have too much to carry.  People everywhere look to You in hope and You give them their food as they need it.  When You open Your hand, You satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.  Thank You for being a refuge of safety for those people who are being hurt by others.  Thank You for being our Saviour, the one who saves us from violence.  Thank You for never leaving or abandoning Your people.
Holy Father, Your Word says that we are to treat people in the way that we want to be treated.  We confess that we will practice this command and be kind and fair. We will be good friends and tell an adult when someone is being mean to another person.  We will not push, shove, or fight.  We declare that You, Lord will be the light and salvation for those who are being bullied and mistreated so they will not have to be afraid.
We ask this through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

God of love and of life, let us take time to look deep within ourselves and discover the gifts you have blessed us with. May we take the time to direct our lives in a way that best uses our own unique combination of gifts. May our education help us discover where our strengths and interests lie. May our faith guide us in realizing our gifts. May we always be open to the direction of the Spirit and never forget the love you have for each of us. Give us, O Lord, the perception we need to look within ourselves and discover the beauty and gifts we possess. Give us the courage to show others the talents they have. Help us serve others in the community and in so doing build up your kingdom. We ask this through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Short Prayers for School

Loving God, you urge us to speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of the destitute.  Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.  May your words be a challenge to us as we come together.  Let us recall the rights of those who are not with us, especially people who are poor or powerless.  May our concern always be for the good of all your people.  Amen

God of our Journey, grant that our words may nourish the soul of one another.  May we all grow in wisdom and understanding.  All of us are of infinite value; may our words honour you, God, by their kindness, honesty and care. Bless us on our journey home. Amen.

Loving God, may we listen to your words, not only to those spoken in Scriptures but also to the words of truth and charity spoken by our sisters and brothers.  Give us ears to hear the prophet in one another. Amen.

God of our light, You are the source of all truth.  Help us to speak the truth, remembering that we are part of the Body of Christ. Help us to forgive instead of turning to sarcasm, sniping, hateful words, or worse.  May we always keep before us as a prayer, “We are members of one another.”  Amen.

God of Hope, help us learn to listen attentively.  Help us to remember these words from the Scriptures so that when we listen we will learn, and when we pay attention we will be planting the seeds of wisdom. Amen.

Loving God, create clean hearts and generous minds in us so that whatever comes from our mouth may be considerate, just and honest.  May we do our inner work so that our words will be filled with the Spirit of wisdom.  Give us the grace to love one another. Amen.

Loving God, each of us is created in your image yet we are all unique.  May we learn to accept one another and give each other a chance to show who we are and what we are all about.   Amen.

Loving God, help us demonstrate your love every day.  Keep us strong and motivated to do good for everyone.  Help us love and serve one another, as Jesus showed us.  Amen.

Faithful God, help us to use our voice for blessing, encouraging, reasoning, praising, and thanking.  May we always lift up your voice in joyful song to thank you for all your abundant gifts to us.  Amen.

God of all creation, You hear every desire of our heart. We ask you to give us the grace to keep in mind the words found in the Scriptures.  Help us be nourished by the words we share with one another.  Amen.

Loving God, cleanse our heart of all that might make us cold, withdrawn, bitter, snide, sarcastic, or crude.  Instead, guide our words so that they provide encouragement and hope for one another. Amen.

Healing God, open our ears.  Grant that we may hear your invitations to grace when they come through the Scriptures, nature, friendships, and every gathering of faith, such as this one.  Amen.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Starting the School Year Right: Prayers for September

Prayers for Back to School

Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we begin this new school year. Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us. Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open our heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience Your presence in our new friends. Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year!

Loving Creator, Map your goals for us in our hearts. Make our classrooms oases in the busy world. Make them places of warmth and trust. May our affirmation of our students enable them to know that their opinion counts. Free them to stretch themselves as they seek holistic growth in a safe, nurturing, Christian environment. Amen

Lord God, In our work as Christian students and teachers, let us reach out to all, remembering that anonymity is not acceptable for anyone in our communities. May we live our lives so that people recognize you in that wearing the cross would not be incongruous to those who know us. May those in our schools be "pearls" to us, valued for the unique beauty they bring to our communities. Amen

Lord, Give us insight to see realistically "what is"; but make us dreamers and give us vision of all the possibilities for "what can be." Use us as your instruments to form, inform, reform, and transform those who come to us. We ask this in your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

Lord God, You are a global God. Grace us and grace our students with global vision in our mission to spread your love. May we be trailblazers as we bring that "touch of magic," that touch of your love, to those we meet each day. We make this prayer in your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

Loving Father: Make us feeling people, who empathize with the many emotions which pervade our buildings each day. May we harness the energy of those feelings and use it in building a learning community of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and parents within the nurturing environment of our schools and homes.

Dismissal Prayers:

May the blessing of the Holy Trinity go with us today.
May God’s strength keep us secure.
May Christ our true Wisdom guide our learning.
May the Holy Spirit make us glad and good.
May the enfolding of the Trinity hold us and bring us, at day’s end, safely home.

Dearest Father in Heaven,
Bless us all and bless this day of new beginnings.
Smile upon this staff and student body,
And surround us, Lord, with the soft mantle of your love.
Teach this community to follow in your footsteps,
And to live life in the ways of Love, faith, hope and charity.
We ask this through your name, Jesus Christ… Amen

Loving God, Look upon these students. Let them enjoy their learning and take delight in new discoveries. Help them to persevere in their studies and give them the desire to learn all things well.
Look upon these teachers. Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience and endeavour always to bring the truth to eager minds.
Grant that students and teachers alike may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, forever and ever. Amen

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Prayers

We thank you, Father, for the gift of Jesus your Son who came to our earth and lived in a simple home. We have a greater appreciation of the value and dignity of the human family because he loved and was loved within its shelter. Bless us this day; may we grow in love for each other in our family and so give thanks to you who are the maker of all human families and our abiding peace. Amen

Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us. Amen.

O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen.

O God, source and giver of all things,
You manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness
In the earth about us:
We give you honor and glory.
For the sun and the rain,
For the manifold fruits of our fields:
For the increase of our herds and flocks,
We thank you.
For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace,
We are grateful.
Supreme Lord of the harvest,
Graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil,
In union with Jesus, your Son,
As atonement for our sins,
For the growth of your Church,
For peace and love in our homes,
And for salvation for all.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

This Thanksgiving let those of us who have much and those who have little gather at the welcoming table of the Lord. At this blessed feast, may rich and poor alike remember that we are called to serve on another and to walk together in God's gracious world. With thankful hearts we praise our God who like a loving parent denies us no good thing.

O God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise

With a promise to follow You all of our days. Amen

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends. Amen. 

Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,

Our Heavenly Father. Amen. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Prayers for the Month of Setember

Father of mercy, give your people help and strength.  The birth of Mary’s son was the dawn of our new life.  May this celebration of her birthday bring us closer to lasting peace.
Grant this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hail Mary
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

God of all courage, bless all grandparents.  Grant them good health.  Surround them with your love.  Bless the families they have raised.  May their families be a blessing to them as they come to rely on the goodness and charity of others. 
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Our Father, 
who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name; 
thy kingdom come, 
thy will be done 
on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread, 
and forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those 
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

Loving God, we pray that all people, young and old, will realize the immense value they have in your eyes and the eyes of their family and friends.  We pray for all adults to become more aware of what is going on in the lives of those around them, especially the young and all those who suffer the pain of loneliness or depression.  Help us trust in the promises of Christ, in his offering of a peace that no one can take from us. 
We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen. 

Redeeming saviour, you know our weakness and hurts.  We offer you our failings in exchange for your mercy and healing.  May the gift of this day be an acceptable offering to you as we pray for greater courage in dealing with the challenges of tomorrow.  Bless our friendships and grant us forgiveness so that we may begin anew.
Grant this and hear all our prayers through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

God of all kindness, we find it difficult to love as you love and to forgive as you forgive.  Send us your Holy Spirit so that we can be transformed into the image and likeness of your son who reminds us that the kingdom of God is near.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Blessed Mary, 
we ask you to pray for us.  The power of the rosary makes known the mysteries of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  Thank you for your motherly attention.  May we make your Son known by our lives of goodness.
This we ask through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

My soul magnifies the Lord.
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid;
henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
The almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name;
his mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
and scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.  Amen.

Loving God, 
grant us the courage we need
to go the way you shepherd us,
that when you call us
we may go without fear.
If you bid us come to you 
on the waters, may we not be frightened.  And if you bid us climb the hill, may we not focus on the struggle, but on the happiness of your company.  
We make this, and all our prayers, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Heavenly Father, you gifted both Cornelius and Cyprian with a sincere love for Christ and the church.  Strengthen each one of us so that we can grow through all our struggles in our love for God and one another.
This we ask through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Dear Lord,
help us follow you by what we say  and do.  Unite us as sisters and brothers in Christ.  Grant us the courage we need to respect, defend and protect the rights of all in unity. 
We make this and all our prayers through Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

God our Father, 
you gave Robert Bellarmine wisdom and goodness to defend the faith of your church.  By his prayers may we always rejoice in what we believe.  Grant us the courage to follow through any difficulties.  
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Loving God, 
your love is always with us, constantly reaching out to all of us, especially those who are in need of much kindness.  We pray that we may learn to imitate St. Robert Bellarmine by bringing hope to those who need it most.  
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Lord Jesus, 
teach us to see with your eyes the beauty inherent in every soul.  May our response to your love be one of gratitude and increasing service.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Creator God, 
we praise you for the wonders of your wisdom and love.  You gave your son Jesus to show us how to live in love.  You gather sisters and brothers, younger and older, into this community of faith and learning and you fill us with your spirit of hope.  May we have the freedom to dream dreams for the future, the honesty to discover the truth in those dreams and the courage to bring them to life. 
We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Loving God, 
you generously blessed your servant St. Padre Pio with the gifts of the Spirit.  You marked his body with the wounds of Christ-crucified as a powerful witness to the saving passion and death of your son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St. Pio labored tirelessly in the confessional, offering words of forgiveness.  He invites us all to a greater union with Jesus in the Eucharist.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Loving God, 
you granted Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin the courage to overcome great suffering and the grace to help all those in need.  May we be inspired by Blessed Emilie in this present age as we make known your love for the most vulnerable know. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Loving God, 
bestower of all gifts, you blessed both Cosmas and Damian with skills that they willingly used to alleviate suffering.  Grant us the courage to identify and put into practice our gifts that would make our school community stronger.  
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Loving God, 
help us to be bold in our desire to be good to others.  Let your spirit of courage come upon us to set us free to do great works in your name.  In all that we say and do make us mindful of the genuine needs of everyone. 
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Good and gracious God, 
in a wonderful way you guide the work of angels and that of the human family.  May those who serve you constantly in heaven keep our lives safe from all harm on earth.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Heavenly Father, 
you gave St. Jerome delight in his study of holy scripture.  He desired to make your word known.  Give us the courage to live your word each day.
We make this and all our prayers through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Gracious God,
we pray for the courage to be happy with all we are given.  Let the good work you have begun in your saints inspire us to see that hope is the only solution to despair, that love triumphs over death and that all things are possible for the one who believes in you.  Amen.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Amazing Quotes from Pope Francis

-- "Brothers and sisters, good evening. You all know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals have gone almost to the ends of the earth to get him... but here we are." (First words as pope: March 13, 2013)

-- "The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness." (First Angelus as pope, March 17, 2013)

-- "This is precisely the reason for the dissatisfaction of some, who end up sad -- sad priests -- in some sense becoming collectors of antiques or novelties, instead of being shepherds living with 'the odor of the sheep.' This I ask you: Be shepherds, with the 'odor of the sheep,' make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men." (Chrism Mass, March 28, 2013).

-- "Ask yourselves this question: How often is Jesus inside and knocking at the door to be let out, to come out? And we do not let him out because of our own need for security, because so often we are locked into ephemeral structures that serve solely to make us slaves and not free children of God." (Pentecost vigil, May 18, 2013).

-- "Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the 'culture of waste.' If a computer breaks it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal. ... When the stock market drops 10 points in some cities, it constitutes a tragedy. Someone who dies is not news, but lowering income by 10 points is a tragedy! In this way people are thrown aside as if they were trash." (General audience, June 5, 2013).

-- "Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light." ("Lumen Fidei," June 29, 2013).

-- "If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? ... The problem is not having this tendency, no, we must be brothers and sisters to one another. The problem is in making a lobby of this tendency: a lobby of misers, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of masons, so many lobbies." (News conference during flight from Brazil to Rome, July 28, 2013).

-- "An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral." ("Evangelii Gaudium," Nov. 24, 2013).

-- "Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person! It is so terrible to gossip! At first it may seem like a nice thing, even amusing, like enjoying a candy. But in the end, it fills the heart with bitterness, and even poisons us." (Angelus, Feb. 16, 2014).

-- "The perfect family doesn't exist, nor is there a perfect husband or a perfect wife, and let's not talk about the perfect mother-in-law! It's just us sinners." A healthy family life requires frequent use of three phrases: "May I? Thank you, and I'm sorry" and "never, never, never end the day without making peace." (Meeting with engaged couples, Feb. 14, 2014)

-- “I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.”

-- “I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds. And you have to start from the ground up.”

-- “Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.”

-- “If one has the answers to all the questions—that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt.”

-- “Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the “culture of waste.” If you break a computer it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs, the dramas of so many people end up becoming the norm.”

-- “There is no worse material poverty, I am keen to stress, than the poverty which prevents people from earning their bread and deprives them of the dignity of work.”

-- “There is another important point: encountering the poor. If we step outside ourselves we find poverty. Today—it sickens the heart to say so—the discovery of a tramp who has died of the cold is not news. Today what counts as news is, maybe, a scandal. A scandal: ah, that is news! Today, the thought that a great many children do not have food to eat is not news. This is serious, this is serious! We cannot put up with this! Yet that is how things are. We cannot become starched Christians, those over-educated Christians who speak of theological matters as they calmly sip their tea.”

-- “It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This, dear friends is truly scandalous. A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.”

-- “I am thinking of what St Ignatius told us…He pointed out two criteria on love. The first: love is expressed more clearly in actions than in words. The second: there is greater love in giving than in receiving.”