Blessed St. Anthony, who in life was ever mindful of the needs of the afflicted, consuming yourself in the service of God and for the good of souls, who was the enemy of idleness and a tireless worker in the vineyard of the Lord, beseech God to grant me a suitable job, which may procure for me and my loved ones a decent livelihood, and be at the same time a means of personal sanctification and of real service to others. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…St. Anthony, helper in all necessities, pray for us.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
O glorious St. Cajetan, you studied to be a lawyer, but when you felt that the Lord was calling you to his service, you abandoned everything and became a priest. You excelled in virtues, shunning all material rewards for your labor, helping the many unemployed people of your time. You provided loans without interest and you attracted a lot of benefactors who donated to your resources so that you could go on with your activities. Look on us with mercy. We wish to find employment that could help us and our families live with dignity. Listen to our petitions, dear saint; you, who could easily give up the food on your table for the needy, bring our petitions to Jesus (here make your request). Amen.
Dear Saint Joseph, You were yourself once faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary. Look down with fatherly compassion upon me in my anxiety over my present inability to support my family. Please help me to find gainful employment very soon, so that this heavy burden of concern will be lifted from my heart and that I am soon able to provide for those whom God has entrusted to my care. Help us to guard against bitterness and discouragement, so that we may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with even greater blessings from God. Amen.
Sunday, July 28, 2019
O ETERNAL God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, who art glorious in power, and of majes ty incomprehensible, we adore thee as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. By thy word were the heavens made, and all their host by the breath of thy mouth. Thou gavest to the sea thy decree, that the waters should obey thy commandment. Thou, O God, art the conﬁdence of all the ends of the earth, and of them who are afar oﬂ' upon the sea. We humbly ask for thy blessing upon our selves, and upon all for whom we ought to pray, and especially upon them who go down to the sea in ships, and do business upon the great waters of the ocean. They see thy works and thy wonders in the deep. At thy command the stormy winds arise, and the ﬂoods lift up their voice. The waves of the sea are mighty; they rage and swell; but thou, Lord, who dwellest on high, art mightier. Thou rulest the raging of the deep, and when its waves arise thou stillest them. We humbly im plore thy blessing and providential care for all who are exposed to the perils of the ocean, and are borne upon its mighty waves. Give them, we beseech thee, a lively sense of thy providential care, and of the wonders which thou dost for the children of men. Help them to know thy unspeakable love in the redemption of mankind by Jesus Christ. At all times, and in every peril and distress, may they look unto thee, as the Lord God of their salvation, who spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea, and art a present help in every time of need.
Grant them a pious trust in thy kind protecting providence. While we in greater safety enjoy thy blessings on these peaceful shores, may we feel for those who are deprived of the privileges of thy house and sanctuary. O hear our prayers for them, who for the mutual beneﬁt of distant climes, and to multiply the blessings of life, encounter the perils of the sea. In storms and tempests; in every danger and all distress, be thou their help and comfort. Preserve them from sickness; from ship wreck; from the violence of enemies, and from every evil to which they be exposed. Prosper them in the business and the occupation in which they may be engaged. Conduct them in safety to the countries and havens where they desire to be ; and in thy good time conduct them to their homes, their families and friends, in prosperity and peace; and dispose them, we beseech thee, to be thankful for thy goodness, and to live to thy praise. These things, O heavenly Father, and whatever thou shalt see to be necessary or convenient for their present happiness and their eternal good, we humbly ask in the name and through the mediation of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Savior.
ALMIGHTY God and most merciful Rather, the Giver and the Preserver of our lives; to thee be long the issues of life and death; to thee alone can frail and sinful mortals ﬂy for refuge in distress. Thou hast taught us by thy Son, Jesus Christ, that if we ask in true faith we shall receive; that if we seek, we shall ﬁnd; that if we knock, the gates of thy mercy shall be opened unto us. With humble reverence we bow before thee, beseeching thee graciously to look upon our afflictions ; with pity to behold the sorrows of our hearts; mercifully to for give our sins, and favorably to hear our prayers. Graciously hear us, we humbly beseech thee: O blessed Lord, graciously hear our prayers, and grant the petitions which, in the name of Jesus Christ, we humbly present before thee. Look with thy com passionate favor upon this child visited with sickness. Visit him, O Lord, with thy salvation. His life is in thy hand; may it be precious in thy sight. Thou hast but to speak the word, and this child shall be well from the same hour. Deliver him, O Lord, we beseech thee, in thy good appointed time, from bodily pain and sickness, and save his soul for thy mercy’s sake. Behold with pity the fears and sorrows of those who acknowledge their dependence, and rejoice that they are dependent upon a righteous, merciful and prayer-hearing God, whose tender mercies are over all thy works; who dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men; who intendest good in thy severest chastisements, and lovest the soul whom thy hand correcteth. If it be thy good pleasure that this child may live, and his days be prolonged on the earth, relieve him, we beseech thee, rom bodily distress: bless the means which are used for restoring him to health. All medicines act by thy decree, and none can fail if thou shalt bless them. Grant that this child may live to thee. Guide and preserve him through all the dangers of life, both of soul and body. Make him a comfort to his friends, a blessing to the earth, and an instrument of thy glory, by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation.
But if in thy wisdom thou hast otherwise appointed, and it be thy purpose to remove him from this world of pain and sins and sorrows, receive him, O God, we humbly beseech thee, into those heavenly habitations of life and glory, where the souls of those who rest in Jesus Christ enjoy perpetual felicity. May his soul be washed and sanctiﬁed in the Savior’s blood. Give now unto us who ask; let us who seek, ﬁnd; open to us who knock, that this child may enjoy thy heavenly benediction, and rest in the arms of that blessed Savior who has said, “ Of such is the kingdom of God.”
And wilt thou behold with compassion the distressing anxiety of the afflicted parents. Relieve them from their fears and apprehensions. Restore, we beseech thee, their beloved child to their arms in health; and may he long live to their comfort and to thy glory, a member of Christ, a child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven. Or give them race to submit with patience to thy superior wisdom, sensible that the Lord gave what he taketh away. Prepare them for every event of thy providence. In all their sorrows help them to say with thy servant of old, “ It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth to him good.” Give them, O Lord, in the abundant fruition of thy grace, a better portion than sons or daughters—an unfading inheritance among thy saints in light, where the righteous shall be forever happy. Hear us, O Lord, we beseech thee, for the worthiness of thy Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hope. Please intercede on my behalf. Make use of that particular privilege given to you to bring hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven as I work with my challenges, particularly (here make your request). I praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.
St. Lidwina, in your sufferings you knew the weight of the cross. Please pray for all who are burdened in life. Teach us by your example to never waste one drop of pain, but to lovingly and courageously “offer it up” to our Lord, who patiently suffered for us. Amen.