Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

“The Chair of Saint Peter confirms that “the universal Church, which in this world is shaken by various temptations that come upon it like torrents of rain, floods, and tempests, does not fail because it is founded upon a rock, from which Peter received his name…for the Rock was Christ (1 Cor 10:4) and on this foundation was Peter himself also built.” ~Saint Augustine

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that no tempests may disturb us, for you have set us fast on the rock of the Apostle Peter’s confession of faith. 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

It is most astounding

“What are we trying to do? We are trying to get to heaven, all of us. We are trying to lead a good life. We are trying to talk about, and write about, the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, and the social principles of the church. It is most astounding – the things that happen when you start trying to live this way.” ~Dorothy Day

The Seven Founders of the Servite Order

Impart to us, O Lord, in kindness the filial devotion with which the holy brothers venerated so devoutly the Mother of God and led your people to yourself. 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

Sorrows and Adversities

It is good for us that we sometimes have sorrows and adversities, for they often make us lay to heart that we are only strangers and sojourners, and may not put our trust in any worldly thing. It is good that we sometimes endure contradictions, and are hardly and unfairly judged, when we do and mean what is good. For these things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. For then we seek more earnestly the witness of God, when men speak evil of us falsely, and give us no credit for good. ~Thomas à Kempis

Saints Cyril and Methodius

Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius were your instruments, Lord,  in bringing the light of the gospel to the Slavonic peoples.May we take your word into our hearts  and be at one in professing the true faith.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

We Are To Help Christ Blindly

“We are here to help Christ blindly. We must know Him by faith, not by vision. We must help Him not only in those who seem to be Christlike, but more in those in whom Christ is hidden; in the most unlikely people, in those whom the world condemns. It is in them that Christ, indwelling man, suffers most; it is in them that He cannot carry His cross without the help of other men.” ~Caryll Houselander

World Day of the Sick

Tender and merciful Father, you watch over your creatures with unfailing care, keep us in the safe embrace of your love. With your strong right hand, make whole all who are suffering. Give them the strength of your power and the stillness of your peace. Minister to them through the compassionate service of others and heal their every affliction. Fill those who serve the sick with new hope and joy for the good they do in your name. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit, one God. Amen

Saint Scholastica

Lord, as we recall the memory of Saint Scholastica, we ask that by her example we may serve you with love and obtain perfect joy. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Wold Marriage Day

Almighty and eternal God, You blessed the union of married couples so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church: look with kindness on them. Renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them and their love for you, and strengthen their bond of peace so that, with their children, they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Josephine Bakhita

“I am definitively loved and whatever happens to me—I am awaited by this Love. And so my life is good.” ~St. Josephine Bakhita

O God, who led Saint Josephine Bakhita from abject slavery to the dignity of being your daughter and a bride of Christ, grant, we pray, that by her example we may show constant love for the Lord Jesus crucified, remaining steadfast in charity and prompt to show compassion. 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