Today, during Mass, I saw the Lord Jesus in the midst of His sufferings, as though dying on the cross. He said to me, My daughter, meditate frequently on the sufferings which I have undergone for your sake, and then nothing of what you suffer for Me will seem great to you. You please me most when you meditate on My Sorrowful Passion. Join your little sufferings to My Sorrowful Passion, so that they may have infinite value before My Majesty.
-St. Faustina Kowalska
Prayer before a Crucifix
Look down on me, good and gentle Jesus, while before Your face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul I pray and beseech You to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Your five wounds, pondering over them with me, calling to mind the words that David, Your prophet, said of You, my good Jesus: “They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones.”
Say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be for the Catholic Church and the intentions of the Holy Father.
“Who were the others who followed this Word? Mortal creatures, susceptible of pain like you, having the same opposition of the flesh to the Spirit, as had the glorious Paul, My standard-bearer, and many other saints who, by one thing or another, have been tormented. Which torments I permitted for the increase of grace and virtue in their souls.”
-St. Catherine of Siena
Prayer for Christian Unity
Let us pray for all our brothers and sisters who share our faith in Jesus Christ, that God may gather and keep together in one Church all those who seek the truth with sincerity.
Almighty and eternal God, you keep together those you have united. Look kindly on all who follow Jesus, your Son. We are all consecrated to you by our common Baptism. Make us one in the fullness of faith, and keep us one in the fellowship of love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
This is a martyrdom beyond description. God imparts Himself to the soul in a loving way and draws it into the infinite depths of His divinity, but at the same time He leaves it here on earth for the sole purpose that it might suffer and die of longing for Him. And this strong love is so pure that God Himself finds pleasure in it; and self-love has no access to its deeds, for here everything is totally saturated with bitterness, and thus is totally pure. Life is a continuous dying, painful and terrible, and at the same time it is the depth of true life and of inconceivable happiness and the strength of the soul; and because of this, [the soul] is capable of great deeds for the sake of God.
-St. Faustina Kowalska
For Divine Mercy for the World
O Greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, today all mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to your mercy—to your compassion, O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. Gracious God, do not reject the prayer of this earth’s exiles! O Lord, Goodness beyond our understanding, Who are acquainted with our misery through and through, and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, we implore You: anticipate us with Your grace and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, that we may faithfully do Your holy will all through our life and at death’s hour. Let the omnipotence of Your mercy shield us from the darts of our salvation’s enemies, that we may with confidence, as Your children, await Your final coming—that day known to You Alone. And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: Through His merciful Heart, as through an open gate, we pass through to heaven.
To succeed in your intention, entrust yourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary always, but especially in moments of difficulty and darkness. “From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ, her Son and the Son of God….Learn from her to be always faithful, to trust that God’s Word to you will be fulfilled, and that nothing is impossible with God.”
-St. John Paul II
Prayer of Confidence in the Immaculate Heart
Mary Immaculate, our Mother and Consolation, with confidence I take refuge in your most loving heart. You shall be the dearest object of my love and veneration. I shall always have recourse to you who are the dispenser of the treasure of heaven, that I may have peace in my sorrows, light in my doubts, protection in dangers, and help in all my needs.
Be therefore my refuge, strength, and consolation, O Mary the Consoler. At the hour of my death, graciously received the last sighs of my heart and obtain for me a place in your heavenly home, where all hearts will praise with one accord the adorable Heart of Jesus as well as your most lovable heart forever.
Our tender Mother, Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us who have recourse to you.
I remained silent and stopped my weeping. But my brother said, as if wishing a happier lot for her, that she should die not in a foreign land but in her own country. When she heard this, she stared reproachfully at him with an anxious countenance, because he was concerned about such things. Then she looked at me and said, “See what he says!” Presently she said to both of us: “Put this body away anywhere. Don’t let care about it disturb you. I ask only this of you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord, wherever you may be.” When she had expressed this wish in what words she could manage, she fell silent and was racked with increasing sickness.
Prayer for the Dead
Into your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them enter eternal rest.
The old order has passed away: welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
“The sign that a creature hopes in Me and not in himself is that he does not fear with a servile fear. They who hope in themselves are the ones who fear, and are afraid of their own shadow, and doubt lest the sky and earth fade away before them. With such fears as these, and a perverted hope in their own small knowledge, they spend so much miserable solicitude in acquiring and preserving temporal things, that they turn their back on the spiritual, caring not for them. But they, miserable, faithless, proud ones consider not that I alone am He who provides all things necessary for the soul and the body, and that with the same measure that My creatures hope in Me, will My providence be measured to them.”
-St. Catherine of Siena
Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, accept the consecration that I make to You of all that I am and all that I have. Take my body, my mind, my heart, and my soul. Draw me, day by day, ever nearer to Your Sacred Heart.
You will please God in a supreme manner by not failing to carry out your devout practices in times of interior aridity and languor which often return to you. Because if you don’t want to serve and love God simply for love of him, and as the service we render him amidst the sufferings of aridity is more pleasing to him than that which we render him amidst sweetness, we must likewise receive them willingly…
– St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that Your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them, Who are eternal truth and wisdom, Who can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith I intend to live and die.
How can I describe what went on in my heart? In a moment I saw what life is really like, full of suffering and continual separations, and I burst into bitter tears. I did not know then the joy of sacrifice: I was weak, so weak that I look upon it as a great grace to have been able to bear a trial which seemed quite beyond me.
-St. Therese of Lisieux
Prayer to Grow in Grace through Sorrows
Most holy Virgin and Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of your Divine Son, and in His glorious Resurrection you are filled with never-ending joy at His triumph. Obtain for us who call upon you the grace to partake in the trials of the Church and the sorrows of the Pope so that we may be found worthy to grow in grace and rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the love and peace of the same Christ our Lord.
Suffering will never be completely absent from our lives. If we accept it with faith, we are given the opportunity to share the passion of Jesus and show him our love.
One day I went to visit a lady who had terminal cancer. Her pain was tremendous.
I told her, “This is nothing but Jesus’ kiss, a sign that you are so close to him on the cross that he can kiss you.”
She joined her hands and said, “Mother, ask Jesus not to stop kissing me.”
-St. Teresa of Kolkata
Prayer to St. Blaise
Dear Bishop and lover of souls, you willingly bore heavy crosses in faithful imitation of Jesus. Similarly, with Christlike compassion you cured many sufferers. Then after undergoing horrible tortures you died as a Martyr of Christ. Obtain a cure for these (mention intentions) ills if this is agreeable to God.
When I think of the innumerable benefits received from this dear Mother, I am ashamed of myself, for I have never sufficiently appreciated her heart and her hand which have bestowed these benefits upon me with so much love.
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Prayer of Consecration to Mary
O my Queen and Mother, I give myself entirely to you. To show my devotion to you I consecrate to you this day my eyes, ears, mouth, heart, and whole being without reserve.
Therefore, good Mother, since I am your own, keep me and guard me as your proper and possession.