Friday, January 30, 2009

Novena for Unborn Protection and Right of Life

With gratitude and respect to Esther ( A Catholic Mom in Hawaii ) for sharing this novena in her awesome journal .
Eternal Father, we, Your unworthy servants approach You.

We ask You to protect the lives of the Holy Innocents of this day and age,the pre-born.

Please bless them and keep them from the moment of conception to natural death.

We ask the guardian angels of the pre-born to watch over and protect these children.

Enkindle the flame of maternal and paternal love in current and future parents,
so they may be open to life and accept children lovingly and willingly according to Your Will.

Enlighten every mind to the horror of abortion
and the evil of artificial contraception,
and give us the courage and strength to fight for the Culture of Life
with truth and love.

We humbly ask You in the Holy Name of Jesus this favor
and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
her spouse St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel,
and Your good and faithful servants, Pope John Paul the Great and Pope Paul VI,
please hear and answer our prayers.

For You are our God, The God of salvation and compassion,
And we glorify You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Now and forever, And unto ages of ages.

(Say one Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's,
1 Guardian Angel Prayer , and 1 Glory Be)

Holy Jesus, Infant of Prague - HEAR OUR PRAYER
Immaculate Heart of Mary - PRAY FOR US
St. Joseph - PRAY FOR US
St. Michael the Archangel - PRAY FOR US
Pope John Paul the Great - PRAY FOR US
Pope Paul VI - PRAY FOR US

Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto to yours.

This novena was a collaborative project between
Chuck Abraham and Joan Hasselman
Chuck Abraham,

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This day prayer

Most holy and immaculate Virgin,
Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother,
being his Mother,
you shared in His universal kingship.
The prophets and angels proclaimed Him King of peace.
With loving fervour in our hearts
we salute and honor you as Queen of Peace.

We pray that your intercession
may protect us and all people from hated and discord,
and direct our hearts into the ways of Peace and Justice
which your Son taught and exemplified.
We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father
who works to reconcile the nations in Peace.

Glorious Queen of Peace,
grant us Peace in our hearts,
harmony in our families
and concord throughout the world.
Immaculate Mother,
as patroness of our beloved country,
watch over us and protect us
with your motherly love. Amen.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This day prayer

Sometimes, I feel distance from You, oh Lord,
But, You are always right here for me.
I may feel far from trusting You,
Yet, You are trustworthy.
I may fall short of having faith in You, Lord,
However, You are ever faithful towards me.

Sometimes, my pride gets in the way,
Nevertheless, You will not stop trying to teach me humility.
I do not always practice rigorous honesty in my life,
Still, You continue to show me the value of honesty.
I may be experiencing spiritual dryness,
Yet, when I make an effort to talk to You,
You hear my every request, praise and thanksgiving.
Although I sin,
You keep the door of reconciliation open for me.

I may not make the attempt to get to know You better, as often as I should,
Even still, you keep the opportunity available to me.
I may fall short of serving you Lord,
However, You are constantly providing for me.
While I may not always show my love towards You.
You love me unconditionally. Amen
May God bless and be with all of you !

Liturgical Year : 21 January ~~ Feast of Saint Agnes ~~

Prayers to St. Agnes of Rome

O glorious St. Agnes, you served God in humility and confidence on earth and are now in the enjoyment of His beatific Vision in heaven because you persevered till death and gained the crown of eternal life. Remember now the dangers that surround us in the vale of tears, and intercede for us in our needs and troubles. Amen.

Let us gain courage for our own battle
by honoring the martyrdom of the glorious virgin Agnes.
St. Agnes, vessel of honor,
flower of unfading fragrance,
beloved of the choirs of Angels,
you are an example to the worth of virtue and chastity.
O you who wear a Martyr's palm
and a virgin's wreath,
pray for us that,
though unworthy of a special crown,
we may have our names written in the list of Saints . Amen

Saint Agnes is one of the best known and honoured of the Roman martyrs. She suffered martyrdom during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian in 304 or 305. She was only twelve years old. Her name which means 'lamb' or 'victim' in Latin, and 'pure' in Greek, is still invoked in the First Eucharistic Prayer for Holy Mass.

The stories of her martyrdom date from the 5th century, about one hundred years after her death, so there are not many details known about her life. It is certain though that young noblemen of Rome, attracted by her youth, wealth and beauty, courted her, asking her hand in marriage. She declined all their offers, saying that she had chosen a Spouse who could not be seen with mortal eyes. Hoping to change the young saint's mind, the suitors accused her of being a Christian.

Saint Agnes was brought before a judge, who at first treated her gently and kindly, because of her young age. In spite of his kindness, she refused to offer incense to the goddess Minerva. Then the judge tried to frighten her with threats of torment. She was shown terrible fires, and tools of torture but remained calm and steadfast in her loyalty to Christ.

Finally, angered by her stubbornness, the judge ordered that she be sent to a house of prostitution, a rough and immoral place. Here, the sight of the saint struck respect and awe into most, but one youth, bolder than the rest, attempted to molest her. He was 'struck down, as if by lightning' and fell to the ground, blind. Throughout this ordeal Agnes remained chaste and pure, still a spotless spouse of Christ.

The most influential of her suitors was angered by this event, and convinced the judge to order Agnes executed. Spectators wept to see the young and beautiful virgin, hampered by fetters, joyfully making her way to the place of execution. The executioner had secret orders to make one last attempt to persuade her to deny Christ and live. Again, Agnes refused.

Finally, with a trembling hand, the executioner beheaded this most famous of martyrs. Agnes went to meet Jesus, who she loved more than life. She was buried on the Via Nomentana, just outside of Rome, and the Christian emperor Constantine erected a church in her honour about the year 350.

For centuries, an annual celebration blesses two lambs at the altar in this church where her relics lie. The lambs are then sent to a cloister and raised. Their wool is used to make the palliums sent by the Pope to archbishops. The palliums are worn around the archbishop's shoulders as symbols of the sheep carried by the Good Shepherd.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This day prayer

Father, hear our prayers for the salvation of the world.
Grant Mercy to all souls that turned away from You.
Open their hearts and minds with Your light.

Gather Your children from the east and the west,
from the north and the south.

Have mercy O God on those who do not know You.
Bring them out of darkness into Your light.
You are our saving God
Who leads us in our salvation.
Protect us from evil.

Bless and praise You O Lord,
hear our prayers and answer us.
You, our Savior,
are the hope of all the ends of the Earth
and the distant seas.
May Your way be known upon Earth;
among all nations Your salvation.

We put the world in Your hands;
fill us with Your love.
Grant us peace through Christ, our Lord.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Spiritual Bouquet

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
St. Matthew 5:9

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Daily Prayer ~~ January 18 ~~

Lord Jesus,You said,
"I have come to set the captives free."
We are captive and need Your healing touch.
Free us, Lord, from our addictions,
so that we will be: from the cares and worries that stifle our happiness; from sins that cling to us, and to which we cling; from all compulsive behavior
that prevents us from becoming what You, Lord,
have planned for us.
Bring us, loving Savior,
to the experience of abundantlife
which You promised.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

This Day Prayer

Most Blessed Virgin, in Your life of glory,
remember the sorrows of earth.
Look with kindness on those who suffer ,
who struggle against difficulties,
who drink unceasingly the bitterness of this life.

Have pity on those who love each other and are separated.
Have pity on the lonely of heart.
Have pity on the weakness of our faith.
Have pity on the objects of our affection.
Have pity on those who weep, those who pray;
those who fear . . . Obtain for all hope and peace.

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen