May 25: Bede the Venerable

O God, who bring light to your Church  through the learning of the Venerable Bede, your holy priest, mercifully grant that your servants may always be enlightened by his wisdom and helped by his merits. 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 

Bah, Bah, Black Sheep

“Jesus went directly to those who were outcasts. He much preferred to associate with the “sinners” than with those who proudly set themselves apart. Jesus shared the lot of the downtrodden because God himself loves those rejected by society, those the world deems unworthy. God wants to help all people, and raise the dignity they possess to the light.” ~Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Everyone Belongs to God

Always Ponder Spiritual Things

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, always pondering spiritual things, we may carry out in both word and deed, that which is pleasing to 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

A Winning Hand

“There is often more wisdom to be found at the edges of life than in its middle. Life-threatening illness may shuffle our values like a deck of cards. Sometimes a card that has been on the bottom of the deck for most of our lives turns out to be the top card, the thing that really matters. Having watched people sort their cards and play their hands in the presence of death for many years, I would say that rarely is the top card perfection, or possessions, or even pride. Most often the top card is love.”~Rachel Naomi Remen

May 21: Mary, Mother of the Church

O God, Father of mercies, whose Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross, chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother, to be our Mother also, grant, we pray, that with her loving help your Church may be more fruitful day by day and, exulting in the holiness of her children, may draw to her embrace all the families of the peoples. 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

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

May 18: Saint John I, Pope and Martyr

Lord God, who give faithful souls their reward, you have consecrated this day to the martyrdom of Pope Saint John the First. Listen to your people’s prayer: grant that, as we honor his sanctity, we may follow his constancy in 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

Lord, teach us to pray

“Prayer is man’s richest boon. It is his light, his nourishment, and his very life, for it brings him into communication with God, who is light, nourishment and life. But of ourselves we know not how we should pray as we ought; we must needs, therefore, address ourselves to Jesus Christ, and say to him as the Apostles did: ‘Lord, teach us how to pray.’” ~Dom Prosper Guéranger, OSB, The Liturgical Year

May 16: Saint Brendan the Navigator

Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.

Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger than each storm within me. I will trust in the darkness and know that my times, even now, are in Your hand. Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for You. Amen ~A prayer attributed to St. Brendan

 

 

Centered on Jesus

“[E]verything about Catholic beliefs and Catholic living—whether it be about Jesus, the Church, Mary, the sacraments, sex, care for the poor or prayer—everything is centered on our relationship with Jesus and helps us live more profoundly in his love and radiate his love more in the world. And the more we live according to God’s plan for our lives, the more we will resist the enemy, help build up Christ’s kingdom on earth and make our lives, as [Saint] Mother Teresa of Calcutta liked to say, ‘something beautiful for God’.” ~Excerpt from the book “Love Unveiled”, an introduction to Catholicism by Edward Sri

May 14: Saint Matthias

O God, who assigned Saint Matthias a place in the college of Apostles, grant us, through his intercession, that, rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us, we may merit to be numbered among the elect. 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