prayers, unless otherwise noted, were written by the publisher of "A
CatholicView" with gratitude, love, and praise to our Lord.
YOUR GIFT TO ME
Lord Jesus, for Your priceless gift of salvation to me. Thank You for patiently
waiting for all of us to accept this gift. The price You paid is more than this
world could ever equal. I thank You for opening my heart to Your goodness, Your
kindness and the love You have for me. Even now, You stand waiting for those of us
who do not realize what You hold in Your Hands is the ticket to eternal paradise.
Many are blind to Your Presence and only see this empty world. Sadly, they
turn away. Help me to help them see the priceless pearl You hold out in Your
Precious Hands. When I doubt, help me to be strong, when I am scared and worried,
send me Your Holy Spirit to lift me up. When I am weak, restore to me vigilence in
the uncertain times of this life. I will hold on and never turn away from Your
goodness for I know You will carry me through to victory one day. I pray this through Your
name, Jesus Christ.
THE TEST OF DOUBT
Heavenly Father, I bring to you my hurts, my
fears, my disappointments, my worries about family,
and my health and the safety of my loved ones. The
struggles, the cruelties, and the tribulations of this life sometimes seem so unfair. Please not leave me to suffer alone, Lord;
do not turn Your face away. Sometimes I fail to see that this life is but a
journey to my real home and this life is but a brief excursion on the way To You.
Lord, you tell me to hold on, and that you will
never leave me to walk alone, nor to carry these burdens by myself but sometimes I cannot
hear your voice and I stand in misery. I am
weak and sometimes the way grows fearsome for this world is filled with evil, hiding at
every corner, ready to steal my precious joy in You and even my soul. Help
me to keep my faith through these trials and doubts of life, stay close to me, and help me
to remember this life is but a moment compared to Your promised eternity. Deep inside, I know these are lessons to
test the faith I profess to have. Strengthen me so that I can keep moving forward to
I just want to thank You, Heavenly Father, for
giving Your Son to die for me. And thank you, Lord Jesus for giving Your merciful
directions to Your Fathers kingdom. I ask all this through the name of Jesus, Amen!
this life there are so many evil principalities, trying to steal me from You. If I allow it, it will start as a little sin,
growing and growing into something that looms big in my life without my realizing it is
there. Help me, Lord, to always be on guard
against the ploys of Satan, who will try to steal my soul away from You. I am so grateful
You have given me the Holy Spirit to be my reminder.
Let me always listen with my heart to what You are
telling me. Let me move away, with Your
help, back into the safety of Your Almighty Arms, for I believe and know You love me and
will protect me from sin. With gratefulness,
I thank You, Lord Jesus. Amen!
I SURRENDER TO YOU, LORD
I am so weary,
Lord. I am tired and I need You to give me the courage
to carry on with the life that You have so generously given to me. It is through this life that I can make my way to
you and live in eternal happiness. Make me
understand that this world is an imperfect place, full of evil pitfalls. But
someday You will make all things right. Please give me strength for I am
afraid I cannot travel this perilous road by myself.
I am calling on your promise that You will walk with me and share this
burden that is so heavy.
Help me to depend on my faith in You, and
give me hope, for I need You more than ever. Give
me peace, guide me and speak to my heart so that I can listen and understand how to get
past these troubles in order to serve you with joy and thanksgiving. I am surrendering myself to You, heavenly Father,
and I am asking this through You precious Son, Jesus Christ. Amen!
Lord, when I see how the world is changing, sometimes I begin to
feel unsure. Please help me not to embrace
anything that is forbidden by You but to measure
all things by Your Divine Ruler. What used to
be commonplace truth is frowned upon and new guidelines are being handed out, guidelines
that You did not set out for us. Let me
follow only Your way. Let me hear only Your
Voice, not the voices of those who do not believe in Your teachings. Let me celebrate and rejoice with those who do
believe in You. Let me stand firm always, and
gain my strength through faith, prayer and accepting the Body and the Blood of the
Sacrament Jesus Christ set out for me. Let me
turn my head from things that destroy or weaken me. Let
me say no to the forbidden that lasts for a short moment in time, looking ahead to the
pleasures You have waiting for all who follow Your path to eternal glory. Thank you, Lord, for the wisdom to say no to
mans constant, changing lifestyles that steal me away from You. Keep my eyes fixed on You. I ask this in the name of the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Spirit. Amen!
I WILL NOT BE AFRAID
Lord, sometimes I become fearful of the
pitfalls and roadblocks I face in my life. But
I know that each burden makes me stronger though many times I feel uncertain of the
future. Help me to remember that Your Son
promised never to leave me to face my obstacles and miseries by myself. You are there, speaking to me through the Holy
Spirit, and matching your mighty steps to mine. Someday when this journey is over, I
will rejoice in victory and in Your glorious heaven.
Hebrews tells me in Chapter 13 Verse 6:
we say with confidence,
"The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?"
So thank you, Lord, for your salvation and for
giving me courage and strength. I will not be
Lord, help me to
remember the baptismal vows I made to You on Easter Sunday. Let me always know this
earth is filled with temptations that will take me step by step away from You if I allow
Satan to entice me into sin. Help me to resist Satan's trickery that will separate
me from Your grace. Let me not forget that Your Son shed His blood on Calvary to pay
for my sin and all the sins committed by humanity. I love You, Lord, and I believe
in the salvation Your Son has gained for me. Keep me focused on You in times of
doubt and temptation. I want to thank You for Your endless love, Your mercy and
compassion, for sending us Your precious Son, and most of all for wanting EVEN me to live
eternally with You in Your glorious Paradise. Accept my unworthy prayers through
Christ, our blessed Savior, AMEN!
sometimes it is so hard to carry the heavy burdens life gives to us. My footsteps falter and I stumble along the way. It is hard to see clearly and many times I just
want to give up and follow my own path. Send
Your Spirit of strength to me Lord, so that I can remember with clarity my faith in You. Let me be victorious over temptations, and
see only my vision of Your love and truth. Help
me not to give up, help me to remember that You are there always, my constant
Companion and Friend. You wipe away my tears
of grief and sorrow, my discouragement, and all the sufferings of this life. Thank you Lord for the salvation you have given to
me but most of all Your promise of eternal life without end. Amen!
have written Your truth in my mind and in my heart and soul. Let me remember to use this truth to help others
gain passage to Your throne. Let me be a
tool because this is what You ask of me. Let
my faith in You never falter but grow rich with each seed I plant for you, for each seed
brings a new soul to Your harvest. Amen!
thank You for loving us so much. Through that
love You gave us free will knowing that many would use it to turn away from Your goodness. Most importantly I want to thank You for sending
Your Son to die for us sinners for without His cleansing blood we would be lost forever. When things look bleak in our world because of
personal circumstances, illness, and death You offer a comfort that we lean on when all
else fails. By our acceptance of Your Son
through faith and obedience we too become Your Sons and Daughters. Because of that
relationship with You, we can come as little children with all our needs, knowing that You
will never let us down.. Thank you Lord, for
giving me life, for giving me the chance to see You someday face to face, ultimately
living with You in Your Kingdom forever and ever. AMEN!
in Heaven, I have come to offer you what I have very specifically done in the
name of Jesus as directed by Your Holy Spirit. I proclaim it as worthy of you.
This bread and wine is the work of my hands, what my hands have made out of what
you have provided for me. Others have and will offer too and I do it in communion
with them. We offer it for ourselves and those who lack the state of grace at this
time in their journey. May our participation with what you have provided be worthy
to be consecrated into the Body and Blood of Your Son that we may find nourishment to
serve you as even stronger disciples. Amen!
Amaro Saumell - St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church
Heavenly Father, there are so many
temptations in the world today. I am constantly faced with a kaleidoscope of earthly
options that seem so attractive. Sometimes when I am weak in spirit I think these things
will make me happy. In reality, even as I reach for them I know they are wrong and
will separate me from You. Help me, dear Lord, to say no for they are empty
pleasures with enticing packaging but inside filled with things You have warned me
against. I ask You to keep me strong and confident in my faith and happy with the
great blessings You give to me. Let me stay close to You always for You are the only
thing I need. Someday when I come face to face with You I will understand
everything. I will know all You promised me is a glorious truth that can be enjoyed
eternally in Your Friendship. Amen!
this special season of Easter, we humbly want to thank You Heavenly Father for the gift
that truly keeps on giving after over 2,000 years. We
are eternally indebted to You for sacrificing Your only Son to gain our Salvation. We know we can never repay for what You, in Your
Divine Mercy, gave to us. In gratitude we can
only say thank You, Lord from the bottom of our hearts and strive to be worthy of Your
unselfish gift to all mankind. Amen!
A BEACON FOR YOU
Lord, You asked me
to let my light shine on the pathway leading to You. In gratitude for what you have done
for me, I want to tell my good fortune to all I meet in my daily life, gaining in strength
by simply proclaiming Your Name. Let me not be afraid of censure, knowing that whatever
comes of this testimony, there is nothing anyone can do to take away my faith in You.
Evildoers can hurt the body but they cannot touch or destroy my soul. These gifts that You
have given me are so bountiful that I cannot keep them all to myself. I want to share them
with everyone who does not know You so that they too, can continue to pass the torch of
faith throughout world. Amen!
IF YOU NEED ME
Lord, You have always
provided the things I need to feed my soul. There has never been a time that You
have not given me a sanctuary, no matter how humble, a place where You live
and where I am able to find spiritual food. You have always granted me a
Moses, a St. Peter, or a St. Paul to remind me of Your Eternal Promises,
someone You have chosen to strengthen and guide me in this life. Never throughout
Biblical history did You abandon any of us. You have always sent not only Your
Holy Spirit but Your messengers to point the way to You. I thank you for
that. I also humbly ask that You instill in all of us a desire to be another
apostle, whether it is the role of Priest, Sister, a helping hand in
Your Church or another voice in the world telling of Your Salvation. And if You need
me, let me hear the call that You place within my heart. Amen!
so many people are mindlessly seeking the materialistic things this world has to offer,
their eyes growing dull with disappointment when even the grandest prizes gained do not
bring happiness. Another prize is sought and then another only to be finally cast aside in
frustration. How sad, Dear Lord this must make You for the only perfect prize is You. You
feed the soul and comfort the spirit and in You we have all that we need. I want to thank
you, for opening my eyes to Your truth, for giving me Your trust, and steadying my faith
when I am weak. Use me, my Lord, to bring a ray of hope to all who will listen so that the
serenity you have given me can be shared with all Your people. Amen!
me Lord, when things go wrong and I become a Doubting Thomas, questioning why
things around me seem to fall apart before my eyes. Take away my uncertainty when life
seems to get out of hand and I feel all alone. Give me Your gentle touch to remind
me that You are with me always, even to the end of the world. Remind me, Lord, that I am
living in an imperfect world which will be made perfect when You return. You have promised
that all things will be made right, and will make known all the mysteries I now take on
me to cope with the things I cannot seem to change on my own. Let me believe that through
You all things are possible. Sometimes I get so tired when I come to a place where I
cannot enter to help a relative or friend in spiritual need, especially if there is a
locked door between us and the person will not let me in. Help me to unlock that door
through loving persistence and patience, bringing a precious soul to You for comfort, hope
and eternal life. I firmly believe that there is nothing You cannot do, if I have
the faith to believe that You can.
Father, give me the patience to wait in humility and love for Your blessings to come into
my life. Let me know that every prayer we pray to You is always answered. Let me not lose
patience and go my own way for I know my way is not always Your way and my time is not
Your time. For you, dear Lord, are always right on time when we need You. And the
blessings You bestow far exceed what we ask for. Thank You for my life, my chance to be
worthy of Your great love and Your great reward which You have promised to all who believe
in You. Amen!
before you left this earth You asked your apostles to spread the word of Your glorious
promises. Lord, You are relying on me now to pick up this mantle of discipleship and
spread the word that all mankind can have a free and undated offer to Your Kingdom. Let me
live out my testimony, showing by my actions and by my commitment to You that You are
alive and well, that You are still holding out Your hand to all Your people. You are
willing to lovingly guide whoever believes in You to Everlasting Life. Help me to share
this knowledge with all I meet on the road to You. Amen!
Lord, give me the courage to stand firm in my belief in Your Son, Jesus
Christ. Let me remain determined in my faith, not counting the cost to myself. I am weak,
Lord, but You can make me strong. I am a willing servant for You. I ask that You help me
see beyond this fragile life to Your glorious eternity, to see the total picture You have
painted in my heart. Let me not fear mere men but fear the sin that would keep me from
You. Help me to hold on to You Lord, never letting go of Your precious Hand even in the
midst of adversity. Amen!
want to thank you for caring so much that You offer me a welcome into Your kingdom.
You look only into my heart and all outward trappings of material and earthly things do
not count. You have, by Your love, made me special and precious. I bask in Your glory. I
am renewed by Your love. Because we are friends You warn me about the pitfalls life offers
at every turn. The things that seem so attractive in this life are not always blessings
from You but a way to lead me away from Your tender care. Guide my footsteps and keep me
on the path to Your eternal glory. Keep Your glorious light shining so that I do not lose
sight of You.
YOU ARE MY FRIEND
Show me Lord how to be
humble in all things. Let me realize that it is only with Your Grace that I am able to do
things great and small. You have opened doors for me when no one else could.When there was
positively no door to enter You made one for me. You have resolved problems that
didnt seem to have an answer and made a way when everybody said there was no way.
What would I do without you? You are truly my constant Friend even when I forget you in my
pursuit for earthly things. You are always ready to forgive me without fail, forgetting
the sins I have committed, and letting me start anew. I thank You for Your love and
patience. I know I can never repay you for all the wonderful blessings You have given to
me. Thank You, Lord. Amen!
Christ Jesus, the joy You
gave to us by coming back to life from the grave two thousand years ago made valid Your
promise that we too will rise again. This is great news. The grave could not hold You and
it will not hold us. Thank You for the wonderful gift that Your Heavenly Father planned
for us from the beginning of time. Thank You, Dear Lord for paying the price for our
salvation and help us to be worthy of Your extreme sacrifice. Amen!
Lord, help me to avoid
getting caught in the web of this worlds empty fantasies. Let me open my eyes and
see how worthless earthly things really are in this life; just a series of little man made
bridges which collapse with time and are not lasting or do not lead to where I ultimately
want to go. I need you, Lord, for You build true bridges to everlasting peace and joy. Let
me stretch out my hand and reach for you only, knowing that if I fall, you will pick me up
and lead me to safety. Amen!
you have shown your great love by giving your only Son to die for me. Thank you for not
turning your back on me when I forget this and go my own way. Let me always remember that
my stay is very short here on earth and I must do your work in this limited time. Help me
to be strong, never giving up my faith, keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus. Amen!
me the courage to stand steady in the midst of adversity and changing morals in the world
today. Let me not forget that Your commandments do not alter with time but remain as You
have deemed them to be from the first day of creation. Help me to remember the things You
want me to do, not follow the trend of the masses, nor succumb to the immoral sanctions of
those around me, but to listen with my heart what You are saying, letting You guide my
footsteps in the path You have set before me. Amen!
Lord, let me feel Your
Presence in my life. If I forget I am Yours, give me a gentle reminder and point me in the
direction You want me to go . Help me to see not just my neighbors good fortune but
my own bounty of blessings you have given to me . For You have filled my life with many
wonderful things in spite of the times I forget to thank you for all you have done. Still
you keep on giving me your most precious gifts. Strengthen my faith in You. Thank you Lord
for Your everlasting love. Amen!
Lord, let me
be an example to all that I encounter. By my life, let me be an inspiration. Not proud and
puffed up but gentle and sensitive, a light to all. And let that light shine from within
me, so that it is recognized without words, the very essence of your love and promise to
us so that those who cross my path on lifes highways will feel your Presence living
in me and want this too to be written on their own hearts. Amen!
May God in His Infinite
mercy give us the strength and courage to be an example to others, loving and forgiving,
conscious of the fragility of the human spirit, straight forward with each person crossing
our path, reaching for perfection even as we know no one can be perfect in this life,
being cognizant and tolerant of the weakness of others, to imitate as best we can Our Lord
in all things, and to do His Will. Amen!
Jesus for being the center of my life. Let me always remember not to disappoint You for
You are deserving of my complete love and devotion. You have even proven Your love for me
by dying on a cross. Even after Your great sacrifice You are still there guiding me,
giving me courage, lifting me up when I stumble on lifes highways. I want
always to be in Your Friendship. And Lord, keep me always cognizant of your Presence and
continue to be my inspiration in my quest to be a little more like you with each passing
Your great wisdom You have generously bestowed us with an individuality that is wonderful
to behold. Not one of us is the same. You have truly made us in Your own likeness and even
though we cannot fully comprehend the magnitude of Your power, we stand in awe when we
look around and see Your Hand in every area of creation. We know that no human can come
close to Your Greatness. And so, Dear Lord, help us to be ever humble and grateful to You
for giving us our very own unique and special talents; and for entrusting us to use all
that You have given for Your glory. Amen!