Saint Onophrius

God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives dedicated to prayer in the silence of solitude. We give you thanks for these courageous witnesses to the contemplative life and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you.  Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. 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

Pentecost Sunday

Lord God, you sanctify your Church in every race and nation by the mystery we celebrate on this day. Pour out the gifts of the Holy Spirit on all mankind, and fulfil now in the hearts of your faithful what you accomplished when the Gospel was first preached on earth. 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

May I Serve You Always

“Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.” ~Saint Vincent de Paul

Saint Colman of Dromore

As we commemorate Saint Colman of Dromore, Lord our God, we celebrate the riches of your blessing. Grant to your Church, we pray, this threefold gift: to love learning, to live simply, and to seek your kingdom above all things. 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 Norbert

O God, who made the Bishop Saint Norbert a servant of your Church outstanding in his prayer and pastoral zeal, grant, we ask, that by the help of his intercession, the flock of the faithful may always find shepherds after your own heart and be fed in the pastures of salvation. 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

St. Boniface, Bishop & Martyr

Almighty God, the martyr Saint Boniface sealed with his blood the faith he preached. Let him pray that we may hold fast to the faith and profess it courageously in our lives. 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.

Tuesday, Easter VII

“It sometimes happens that you go to your prayer after having spent the whole day dissipated and without recollection; it is no wonder you are distracted, for you well deserve it. You follow your own inclinations, you are cross-grained and resentful in your obedience, lacking in sweetness, and condescending towards your neighbor, and then you go boldly to prayer in order to unite yourself to God and to have consolation and sweetness. If you find the door shut, why should you be surprised?” ~ St. Jeanne de Chantal

Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Lord God, you have made the blood of martyrs become the seed of Christians. In your love, grant that your Church, the field that was moistened by the blood of Saint Charles and his companions, may always yield a fertile harvest for you.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 Justin, Martyr

Lord God, in a wonderful way, through the folly of the cross, you taught your martyr Saint Justin the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ. Heed his prayer for us: dispel every deceiving error, and ground us firmly in our 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

The Visitation on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Almighty, ever-living God, you inspired the Blessed Virgin Mary, when she was carrying your Son, to visit Elizabeth. Grant that, always docile to the voice of the Spirit, we may, together with Our Lady, glorify your Name. 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