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"For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more."
-- 1 Corinthians 9:19
Weekly Reflection

March 11, 2013
Not so long ago a very wealthy Hindu lady came to see me. She sat down and told me, "I would like to share in your work." In India, more and more people like her are offering to help. I said, "That is fine." The poor woman had a weakness that she confessed to me. "I love elegant saris," she said. Indeed, she had on a very expensive sari that probably cost around eight hundred rupees. Mine cost only eight rupees. Hers cost one hundred times more.
Then I asked the Virgin Mary to help me give an adequate answer to her question of how she could share in our work. It occurred to me to say to her, "I would start with the saris. The next time you go to buy one, instead of paying eight hundred rupees, buy one that costs five hundred. Then with the extra three hundred rupees, buy saris for the poor." The good woman now wears 100-rupee saris, and that is because I have asked her not to buy cheaper ones. She has confessed to me that this has changed her life. She now knows what it means to share. That woman assures me that she has received more than what she has given.

Mother Teresa

February 25, 2013
Today is the feast day of Saint Walburga, a Benedictine nun born in England who became a German missionary, renowned writer, and abbess of a double monastery (both men and women) in Heidenheim, Germany. She was known for her power to heal the sick through prayer. Today many people use her "oil" when asking God for healing of body or spirit.

St. Walburga, by your blessed life of love,

God blessed you with the power to heal,

to make whole the soul as well as the body.

Beg for us what we cannot obtain for ourselves,

and heal our world of sickness and sorrow.

May God hear you,

who lived so graciously for His glory,

and send us the healing grace we need,

through your powerful intercession.


February 5, 2013
February 10th is the Feast of St. Scholastica. St. Scholastica was the twin sister of St. Benedict and the founder of a religious women's community. Her prayers once caused a heavy rainstorm to occur while she and her brother were speaking of powerful spiritual matters; the rain prevented him from leaving and allowed them to continue their conversation. Three days later, St. Benedict saw his sister's soul going to heaven in the form of a dove. St. Scholastica is the patron saint of religious women's communities. We ask for special prayers this week for our own community of college women who live in St. Scholastica residence hall.

St. Scholastica Prayer
God of the Universe,
all things come from You and are sustained by You.
As Saint Scholastica honored quality time
for building relationships,
encourage us to treasure
family, friends and associates.
Help us to see Christ in everyone we meet.
Bless us with the Spirit of joy in our lives.
This we ask through Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.

December 10, 2012
Take Time to be Aware . . . Edward Hays, A Pilgrim's Almanac
"Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ's birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.
"An old abbot was fond of saying, ‘The devil is always the most active on the highest feast days.'
"The supreme trick of the devil is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practicing music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Christ. Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos-the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar to us all."
"Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace. By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.
"May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives."

December 3, 2012
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God's own work for justice.

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy. I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.

November 27, 2012
Advent is nearing…which means Christmas is right around the corner. What do we want from the holiday season?
We all want our Christmas to be a lot of things. Full of joy. Memories. Happiness. Above all, we want it to be about Jesus. What we don't want is stress. Or debt. Or feeling like we "missed the moment." We can all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering. But doing this means doing things a little differently. A little creatively.

Christmas marks the moment where God's promise was fulfilled and love took form, tiny fingers and all. It is a moment that deserves our full attention and praise each day.

Quick question for you: What was the one gift you remember getting for Christmas last year? Next question: What about the fourth gift? Do you remember that one? Truth is many of us don't because it wasn't something we necessarily wanted or needed. Spending less isn't a call to stop giving gifts; it's a call to stop spending money on gifts we won't remember in less than a year. By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.

We know what you're thinking. "Wait, didn't they just say I should spend less, and yet here they are telling me to give more? What gives?" The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modeled this more than Jesus. So what does this look like for you? Tickets to a ball game? A movie night? The main point is simple: When it comes to spending time with those you love, it's all about quality, not quantity.

It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love to a neighbor in need. By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help.

November 12, 2012
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Blessed Mother Teresa
November 5, 2012
Veterans Day Prayer:

God of justice and truth,
Bless our veterans,
These men and women of courage and valor,
With a deep and abiding understanding
Of our profound gratitude.
Protect them and their families from loneliness and want.
Grant them lives of joy and bounty.
May their dedication and honor
Be remembered as a blessing
From generation to generation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord


October 29, 2012
God our Father, source of all holiness, the work of your hands is manifest in your saints, the beauty of your truth is reflected in their faith. May we who aspire to have part in their joy be filled with the Spirit that blessed their lives, so that having shared their faith on earth we may also know their peace in your kingdom. Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN
October 10, 2012
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - we remember and pray for all those currently fighting cancer and for those whom we have lost to this disease

Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick, we turn to You in our times of illness. Alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to deal with the burden of cancer on ourselves and/or on those we love. We place our sick under Your care and humbly ask that You restore Your children to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will and know that whatsoever You do, You do for the love of us. Amen.


Cancer is so limited that:

It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit CANCER CANNOT DO

October 1, 2012
Reflection by St. Theresa of Lisieux on her Memorial
Jesus needs neither books nor Doctors of Divinity in order to instruct souls; He, the Doctor of Doctors, He teaches without noise of words.

September 26, 2012
Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house...let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
September 18, 2012
Happy Homecoming Week!

A reflection by Pope John Paul II

"BELOVED YOUNG ATHLETES, your profession as athletes offers you, among other things, also the opportunity to improve your own personal spiritual state. Called as you are frequently to engage in your competitions in the midst of nature, amid the marvels of the mountains, seas, fields and slopes, you are in the best position to perceive the value of simple and immediate things, the call to goodness, the dissatisfaction with one's insufficiency, and to meditate on the authentic values that are the basis of human life…

"These are virtues that harmonize well with the Christian spirit because they demand a capacity for self-control, self-denial, sacrifice and humility, and therefore an attitude of gratefulness to God, who is the giver of every good and therefore also the giver of the necessary physical and intellectual talents.

September 11, 2012
9/11 Reflection by Cheryl Sawyer

As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss
We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heros
We become one people.

We are
One color
One class
One generation
One gender
One faith
One language
One body
One family
One soul
One people

We are The Power of One.
We are United.
We are America.

January 23, 2012
Weekly Reflection: Today, U-Mary staff and students are participating in the national March for Life in Washington D.C. On Wednesday, we celebrate St. Paul's dramatic conversion to Christianity.

Prayer of Love and Life

Dear Lord, through Your Apostle, St. Paul, You've taught us that there are three great virtues - Faith, Hope and Love - but the greatest of all is Love. Help us to understand that in order to love You and to love our neightbors, we must respect the great gift of Life you have granted us. Father, help us to value Life and give us the courage to respect and defend it.

Be with those, especially members of the U-Mary community, participating today in the March.

We ask for special blessings, compassion, and the wisdom of God on:

-men and women facing unexpected pregnancies

-those who regret their abortions and are dealing with grief and guilt

-those who work in the healthcare field and deal daily with life issues

-parents and children facing tough end-of-life decisions

-scientists who deal with ethical life matters

-those who work in abortion clinics

-and all those working to end abortion in both big and small ways

January 9, 2012

We Celebrate the Baptism of the Lord today!

Almighty, eternal God,

when the Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan,

you revealed him as your own beloved Son.

Keep us, your children born of water and the Spirit, faithful to our calling.

In Jesus Name,


December 12, 2011
Praying Through Exhaustion

Oh Lord, I am so tired. It seems like the lists of to-do's get longer each day, the frenzy in my home each night gets wilder. Help me, dear Jesus. Let me feel your loving arms wrap me tightly in the warm embrace of your endless love. Teach me to make choices about my time, to remember what is important this season and to say "NO" whenever my Yes would take me away from your peace. Fill me with patience, love and a sense of humor. Remind me of your deep love for me and let the fire of that love be something I can share with everyone around me.


December 5, 2011

Do you have the Advent virus? Watch out, it's catching!

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

- A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

- An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

- A loss of interest in judging other people.

- A loss of interest in conflict.

- A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

- Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

- Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

- Frequent attacks of smiling.

- An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

- An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

November 28, 2011
Advent Prayer

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!"


October 31, 2011
All Saints Day Prayer:

Creator God, you created humankind in a loving plan to share life and love forever with you. Today we are especially thankful for the men and women who are models to us, examples of service to you and to humanity. By their example and intercession, may we learn to love you with our whole minds, hearts and souls and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son and our Brother.

October 24, 2011
Reflection by Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

October 17, 2011
Happy Homecoming Week!

A reflection by Pope John Paul II

"BELOVED YOUNG ATHLETES, your profession as athletes offers you, among other things, also the opportunity to improve your own personal spiritual state. Called as you are frequently to engage in your competitions in the midst of nature, amid the marvels of the mountains, seas, fields and slopes, you are in the best position to perceive the value of simple and immediate things, the call to goodness, the dissatisfaction with one's insufficiency, and to meditate on the authentic values that are the basis of human life…

"These are virtues that harmonize well with the Christian spirit because they demand a capacity for self-control, self-denial, sacrifice and humility, and therefore an attitude of gratefulness to God, who is the giver of every good and therefore also the giver of the necessary physical and intellectual talents.

September 12, 2011
Pope Benedict XI--Prayer at Ground Zero
New York, 20 April 2008

O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here-
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.


August 29, 2011
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you
without leaving happier.
~Mother Teresa

August 22, 2011
A Teacher's Prayer

Enable me to teach with
wisdom for I help to shape the mind.

Equip me to teach with
truth for I help to shape the conscience.

Encourage me to teach with
vision for I help to shape the future.

Empower me to teach with
love for I help to shape the world.


April 4, 2011
Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.


April 18, 2011
A Prayer for Holy Week
Lord Jesus Christ,
in this sacred and solemn week
when we see again
the depth and mystery of your redeeming love, help us to follow where you go,
to stop where you stumble,
to listen when you cry,
to hurt as you suffer,
to bow our heads in sorrow as you die,
so that, when you are raised to life again,
we may share in your endless joy. Amen

April 11, 2011
Short bio of St. Gianna in honor of the Collegians for Life ST. GIANNA CELEBRATION this week, Gianna's feast day is April 28: She is the first canonized woman physician and professional who was also a "working mom."

***Gianna, born in 1922, was a modern day working mom who lived an ordinary middle-class life with simplicity and joy. She was a medical doctor and a mother, someone who lived a life of faith, with Jesus at the center of everything. Gianna loved life: she enjoyed skiing, tennis, mountain climbing, the symphony, theatre, opera, painting, and playing the piano.

***Gianna and her husband, Pietro, had four children. In September 1961, in the second month of her fourth pregnancy, she was diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor. Her doctors suggested abortion to save her life. They then discussed surgery as an option. Gianna firmly told the doctors that if they had to choose between saving her and the baby, they were to save the baby.

***On Holy Saturday morning, April 21, 1962, Gianna gave birth to her fourth child, Gianna Emanuela. The doctors tried to save them both, but one week later on Easter Saturday, April 28, Gianna died at the age of 39. Her last action of her life was the heroic and selfless decision to let her daughter have life.

April 25, 2011
An Easter Prayer:
This Easter season, let us share the love of the risen Christ
May the light of God shine on us
May the light of Christ shine in us
May the light of the Spirit shine through us
Jesus Christ is risen and has given us new life
Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!!
May the glory of our living Lord renew your hopes, your faith, and your joy.
Have a Blessed Easter Season!

And to steal a line from Family Circus, remember that jelly beans are very healthy - after all, they are BOTH a fruit (jelly) and a vegetable (bean)! So go ahead, enjoy them! Sr. Hannah

March 30, 2011
God, you love me as your own child.
May I bend my life and will toward you
so that I might accept your teaching and guidance.
I am so grateful for your support in my life,
now and in the eternal life you are preparing for me.
I beg for your help and Spirit in my life today.

March 14, 2011
Lenten Prayer:
Loving God,
there is so much darkness in my life
and I hide from you.
Take my hand
and lead me out of the shadows of my fear.
Help me to change my heart.
Bring me to your truth
and help me to respond to your generous love.
Let me recognize the fullness of your love
which will fill my life.
Free me from the darkness in my heart.

March 7, 2011
What to give up for Lent this year???

-Give up complaining--focus on gratitude.
-Give up pessimism--become an optimist.
-Give up harsh judgments--think kindly thoughts.
-Give up worry--trust Divine Providence.
-Give up discouragement--be full of hope.
-Give up bitterness--turn to forgiveness.
-Give up hatred--return good for evil.
-Give up negativism--be positive.
-Give up anger--be more patient.
-Give up pettiness--become mature.
-Give up gloom--enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
-Give up jealousy--pray for trust.
-Give up gossiping--control your tongue.
-Give up sin--turn to virtue.
-Give up giving up--hang in there!

February 21, 2011

Gentle Jesus, look kindly on those children who have been denied the gift of a safe and happy childhood. Protect them from abuse and neglect and let them find comfort in Your love and protection.
Help all of us to show kindness and compassion to troubled children whose words and actions test patience and understanding. Help them find the courage to overcome their fears so they may learn to trust and love.
Grant those who have young lives entrusted in their care Your wisdom and kindness so they may provide the kind of love all children need to grow and mature. Amen.

February 14, 2011
Lord, on this the feast day of Saint Valentine, help us to express our love for those closest to us. Give us the freedom and courage to tell others how much we love them, how much we appreciate all they do for us, and to thank them for just being them, with all their faults and failings. Renew in us that innocent love of childhood for our parents, that supportive love of brothers and sisters for each other, that everlasting love and commitment we give to our spouses on our wedding day, and that warm love that monastic Sisters and Brothers have for each other.

February 7, 2011
Memorial of Saint Scholastica
Thursday, February 10th

Prayer: O God, to show us where innocence leads, you made the soul of your virgin Saint Scholastica soar to heaven like a dove in flight. Grant through her merits and her prayers that we may so live in innocence as to attain to joys everlasting. This we ask through our Lord.

January 26, 2011
Face Prayer

by James Pinto, Jr, MEV

Heavenly Father, I embrace your grace this day,
So that I might not:
Think of another,
Speak to another or
Touch another,
without first looking for
Your Face in the other.
I ask all this through
Jesus Christ:
God Incarnate,
God with Skin,
God made Poor,
God with a Face. Amen!

January 17, 2011
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?"
Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13, 2011
Eternal God
Bless all schools, colleges, and universities,
especially the University of Mary,
that they may be lively centers for sound learning,
new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, USA, 1979

January 3, 2012
A reflection written by University of Mary student Tara Ness
Reflection by student Tara Ness:

As our Beloved Sister Thomas has said, "Celebrate the Holy in the Ordinary."

God is speaking to us all the time, desperate for us to open our eyes to his extraordinary miracles. God speaks through everything and everyone, and all we must do is recognize Him. When our hope is fading and our faith is slipping is God that gives us the sunset to restore our hope. He gives us the stars to restore the twinkle to our eyes. Keep your eyes searching and your heart open and let God come in.

January 1, 2012
The Fruit of Prayer

The fruit of silence is prayer
the fruit of prayer is faith
the fruit of faith is love
the fruit of love is service
the fruit of service is peace

By Mother Teresa

January 1, 2012
God of the Universe,
You design and hold all creation in your loving hands.
With Saint Benedict as our model,
inspire us with ways of bringing balance to our lives.
May we cooperate with your abundant graces
to secure peace in our hearts and in our homes.
Send your Spirit of Serenity
through Jesus, the Christ,
both now and forever. AMEN.
October 18, 2010
The Fruit of Prayer

The fruit of silence is prayer
the fruit of prayer is faith
the fruit of faith is love
the fruit of love is service
the fruit of service is peace

By Mother Teresa

October 11, 2010
God of the Universe,
You design and hold all creation in your loving hands.
With Saint Benedict as our model,
inspire us with ways of bringing balance to our lives.
May we cooperate with your abundant graces
to secure peace in our hearts and in our homes.
Send your Spirit of Serenity
through Jesus, the Christ,
both now and forever. AMEN.
October 4, 2010
"And so it is very important for us to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me."

By Mother Teresa

September 27, 2010
Homecoming Prayer

Oh God, we pray for all who participate in games; may their hearts be open to see your presence in and through sports; may their minds remember the element of fun reflective of your Spirit; may their bodies reflect the gracefulness and wonder of your creation. Let all who play the games be enriched by your presence in the gym, locker rooms, and on the fields. Amen

By Ed Hastings

September 23, 2010
The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

September 13, 2010
Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary use words.

St. Francis of Assisi

September 7, 2010
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered,
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
Succeed anyway.
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight,
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack if you help them,
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth,
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
August 30, 2010
May everything we do
begin with your inspiration
and continue with your saving help.
Let our work always find its origin in you
and through you reach completion.
We ask 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
The Liturgy of the Hours, Week I
August 23, 2010
Eternal God,

Bless all schools, colleges, and universities,
especially the University of Mary,
that they may be lively centers for sound learning,
new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, USA, 1979

April 12, 2010
Dear Lord,
I know I don't always live my life feeling your love and being my best self.
Help me to trust in you, to drop my defenses and to feel how deeply I am loved and forgiven by you.
Give me the courage to feel it in my heart when you say, "Don't be afraid" and "Peace be with you."
I so long for that peace in my life but it feels so far away sometimes.
Help me to believe in you, to drive away the doubts and unbelief that harden my heart.
I know my life can change, if only I can say with all my heart, "I trust in you, Lord.
I believe in your mercy and I know that with your help, my life can be healed."
April 5, 2010
Loving God,
I feel your healing touch deep in my soul.
I sense the power of Easter in your love for me.
It is the power of your love that frees me to rely on your gentle care.
I am filled with joy at the many gifts you give me.
Let me now feel free to celebrate your love
and share it with others.

March 29, 2010
God of such unwavering love,
how do I "celebrate"
the passion and death of Jesus?
I often want to look the other way
and not watch,
not stay with Jesus in his suffering.
Give me the strength
to see his love with honesty and compassion
and to feel deeply
your own forgiveness and mercy for me.
Help me to understand
how to "celebrate" this week.
I want be able to bring
my weaknesses and imperfections with me
as I journey with Jesus this week,
so aware of his love.
March 15, 2010
Father in Heaven,

The love of your Son led him to accept the suffering of the cross that his brothers and sisters might glory in new life.
Change our selfishness into self-giving.
Help us to embrace the world you have given us, that we may transform the darkness of its pain into the life and joy of Easter.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

March 8, 2010
Loving Father,
So many times I turn away from you
and always you welcome me back.
Your mercy and love gives me confidence
Thank you for the invitation to share, fast and pray so that you can form a new heart within me.
Your powerful compassion for my weaknesses
leads me to ask for mercy and await with great hope the Easter joy you share with us.
March 2, 2010
Weekly Reflection

God of love,
through this Lenten journey,
purify my desires to serve you.
Free me from any temptations to judge others,
to place myself above others.
Please let me surrender even my impatience
with others,
that with your love and your grace,
I might be less and less absorbed with myself,
and more and more full of the desire
to follow you, in laying down my life
according to your example.

February 15, 2010
An Ash Wednesday Prayer

O Jesus, you place on my forehead
the sign of your saving Cross:
"Turn from sin and be faithful
to the gospel."

How can I turn from sin
unless I turn to you?

You speak, you raise your hand,
you touch my mind and call my name,
"Turn to the Lord your God again."

February 8, 2010
St. Scholastica, based upon centuries of tradition, is considered the twin sister of St. Benedict. She established her own monastery for women and, according to St. Gregory, once prayed for a thunderstorm so that she and Benedict could continue in spiritual conversation. When Scholastica died, Benedict saw her soul leave her body in the form of a dove.

Spirit of the living God,

You continue to bless us with loving-kindness.

As Saint Scholastica prayed faithfully,

teach us to turn to You in our need.

As her soul was ready to fly into the sun like a dove,

may we be blest with a zest for life.

May we nurture the Benedictine values

among the people we meet.

We ask this through Jesus, the Christ,

both now and forever.


February 1, 2010
Let nothing disturb you, Nothing frighten you. All things are passing. God never changes. Patient endurance attains all things. Whoever possesses God lacks nothing- God alone is sufficient.

January 18, 2010
Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.

Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

January 11, 2010
On Giving
Some time ago I made a trip to Ethiopia. Our sisters were working there during that terrible drought. Just as I was about to leave for Ethiopia, I found myself surrounded by many children. Each one of them gave something. "Take this to the children! Take this to the children!" they would say. They had many gifts that they wanted to give to our poor. Then a small child, who for the first time had a piece of chocolate, came up to me and said, "I do not want to eat it. You take it and give it to the children." This little one gave a great deal, because he gave it all, and he gave something that was very precious to him.
Have you ever experienced the joy of giving? I do not want you to give to me from your abundance.I want you to give of yourself. The love you put into the giving is the most important thing.
Mother Teresa

November 30, 2009
Advent Prayer

Loving God, create in us a fountain of joy, stir in us a spirit ready to dance, kindle in us the fire of gladness, set loose in us songs of praise, for You are the One who comes with healing and blessing.

During this Advent, let your light of peace and love shine in our world. Give us eyes to see the signs of your presence in the world. Help us to prepare our lives and our homes to receive the One who said, "I am the light of the world."

Make room in our hearts for people who need us. We thank you for friends and strangers who have received us when we were lonely, afraid, or tired. May we be ready to receive the love you offer us and have the courage to share that love with others through loving action.

Send us your grace this Advent Season so that we can prepare for your coming. Touch our hearts with longing so that we can better love and serve you and each other. Fill us with the hope that we can be transformed by your Spirit and so help transform the world. Give us the peace of knowing that you came to share our human life and redeem us for the sake of love. We ask these things in the name of Jesus whose kingdom we seek. Amen.

November 23, 2009

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thank you, Lord of the Universe,
 for all the gifts
 you always offer me.
Thank you for all I receive:
 for the water that washes me,
 for the clothes I wear,
 for the bread that sustains me.
For my dwelling and my parents,
 for my sisters and brothers,
 and for my friends.
For the knowledge gained from striving,
 and for the toils of each day.
For the good mornings that have dawned upon me,
 for the light that shines upon me,
 and for the handshakes that link me to others.
For the time you have allotted me,
 for the life you have offered me,
 and for the blessings of each new day.
Thank you for being with me, Lord,
 for listening to me,
 and for taking me seriously.


November 2, 2009
In a very moving, personal reflection on his imminent death in 1996, the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago wrote the book "The Gift of Peace" several weeks before going to God. At the end of his personal testament he wrote:

"Many people have asked me to tell them about heaven and the afterlife. I sometimes smile at the request because I do not know any more than they do. Yet, when one young man asked if I looked forward to being united with God and all those who have gone before me, I made a connection to something I said earlier in this book. The first time I traveled with my mother and sister to my parents' homeland of Tonadico di Primiero, in northern Italy, I felt as if I had been there before. After years of looking through my mother's photo albums, I knew the mountains, the land, the houses, the people. As soon as we entered the valley, I said, 'My God, I know this place. I am home.' Somehow I think crossing from this life into eternal life will be similar. I will be home."

October 26, 2009
Prayer of Saint Therese of Lisieux, who believed in doing the little things in life well and with a lot of love:

May you have peace within today.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing that you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of you who choose to claim it.


October 19, 2009

Prayer Of Saint Frances De Sales

Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring

The same loving God who cares for you today

Will take care of you tomorrow and every day.

God will either shield you from suffering

Or give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace then,

And put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.


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