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  • Fran Lucas

    Love that the payer is available in such an easy spot to find!

  • Catherine Ann Bouchard

    I have prayed this prayer before and thought I would share it on this page.

    CREATING THE CHURCH OF TOMORROW
    A prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero, (b. 1917-d. 1980)
    It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
    The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision.
    We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s
    work.
    Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
    No statement says all that could be said.
    No prayer fully expresses our faith.
    No confession brings perfection.
    No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
    No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
    No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
    This is what we are about.
    We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
    We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promises.
    We lay foundations that will need further development.
    We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
    We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation, in realizing that.
    This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
    It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s
    grace to enter and do the rest.
    We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the
    worker.
    We are workers, not master builders; ministers not messiahs.
    We are prophets of a future not our own.
    Amen.

  • Catherine Ann Bouchard

    Prayer of St. Faustina Kowalska – Prayer to be Merciful to Others

    This prayer gives us a true measure of our mercy, a mirror in which we observe ourselves as
    merciful Christs. We can make it our morning invocation and our evening examination
    of conscience.

    I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection, O
    Lord. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy,
    pass through my heart and soul to my neighbour.

    Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from
    appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbours’ souls and come to
    their rescue.

    Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbours’ needs
    and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings.

    Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively
    of my neighbour, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.

    Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may
    do only good to my neighbours and take upon myself the more difficult and
    toilsome tasks.

    Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbour,
    overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my
    neighbour.

    Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the
    sufferings of my neighbour. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere
    even with those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And I will lock myself up
    in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in silence.
    May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me.

    You. Yourself command me to exercise the three degrees of mercy. The first: the act
    of mercy, of whatever kind. The second: the word of mercy — if I cannot carry
    out a work of mercy, I will assist by my words. The third: prayer — if I cannot
    show mercy by deeds or words, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches
    out even there where I cannot reach out physically.

    O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for You can do all things (163).

  • Catherine Ann Bouchard

    Pope Francis who offered a Reflection on Mercy in 2014 when he met with the Priests of Rome:

    “….. to have a heart that is moved…..
    Today we can think of the Church as a “field hospital.” This, excuse
    me, I repeat, because I see it like this, I feel it so: a “field
    hospital.” There is need to cure the wounds, so many wounds! So many
    wounds! There are so many wounded people, by material problems, by scandals,
    also in the Church … Wounded people by the illusions of the world … We,
    priests, must be there, close to these people. Mercy means first of all to cure
    the wounds. When one is wounded, one needs this immediately, not analyses, such
    as the significance of cholesterol, of glycaemia … But the wound is there,
    cure the wound, and then we will look at the analyses. Then the specialist
    cures will be made, but first the open wounds must be cured. For me this, at
    this moment, is the most important. And there are also hidden wounds, because
    there are people who move away, so that their wounds are not seen … There
    comes to mind the custom, due to the Mosaic law, of lepers at the time of
    Jesus, who were always far away, so as not to infect…. There are people who
    move away because of shame, because of the embarrassment of having their wounds
    seen … And they move away perhaps with a mistaken face against the Church,
    but deep down, within there is the wound … They want a pat! And you, dear
    fellow brothers — 1 ask you — do you know the wounds of your parishioners? Do
    you intuit them? It is the only question … It means to suffer for and with
    the people. And this isn’t easy! To suffer like a father and a mother suffer
    for their children.”

  • Anne Gorman

    Thanks for organizing the prayers into groupings. I’m sure once members get used to this many favourite and newly-written prayers will be posted. God bless