Saint John the Baptist

Almighty God and Father, you sent Saint John the Baptist to the people of Israel to make them ready for Christ the Lord. Give us the grace of joy in the Spirit, and guide the hearts of all the faithful in the way of salvation and peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Saints Thomas More and John Fisher

Almighty, ever-living God, you set the perfection of true faith in martyrdom. Strengthen us by the prayers of the martyrs Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More, so that our lives may bear witness to the faith we profess. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Lord God, source of every grace, you joined an innocent heart to a penitent’s sorrow in the life of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. Grant, through his intercession, that we, who have failed to imitate his innocence, may follow his example of penance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

In the World to Come

In the world to come I shall not be asked, “Why were you not Moses?” I shall be asked, “Why were you not Zusya?” ~Rabbi Zusya

Saint Romuald

Lord God, you chose Saint Romuald to restore the religious life of hermits in your Church. Grant that, by denying ourselves and following Christ, we may come safely to the kingdom of heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Every Tomorrow

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

John of Kronstadt

“The human mind is given the rational power of God – we have the mind of Christ (Cor. 2, 16), says the Holy apostle Paul. To the human heart, the heart of Christ is given. The perishable is made immortal. Those naked and wounded by sin and by passions are adorned in Divine glory. Those who hunger and thirst are sated and assuaged by the nourishing and soul-strengthening Word of God and by the most pure Body and Divine Blood of Christ. The inconsolable are consoled. Those ravaged by the devil have been – and continue to be – delivered.” ~John of Kronstadt

Fulfillment and Satisfaction

“Are not our desires inseparably intertwined with the continuation of life? Even the idea of eliminating desire is fruitless. The desire to eliminate all desire is still itself a desire. How can we find release and peace by replacing one desire with another? Surely we shall find peace not by eliminating desire, but by finding its fulfillment and satisfaction in the One who created it.” ~Sadhu Sundar Singh

Saint Anthony of Padua

Almighty, ever-living God, you gave Saint Antony of Padua to your people as a preacher of great power and a patron in their needs. Grant that, with his help, we may follow a Christian way of life and feel your aid in all our trials. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen