January 21 St. Agnes

By the word of His power He gathered us out of all lands, from one end of the earth to the other end of the world, and made resurrection of our minds, and remission of our sins, and taught us that we are members one of another.

-St. Anthony of Egypt

 

You should be encouraged and comforted by the knowledge that we are not alone in our sufferings, for all the followers of the Nazarene scattered throughout the world suffer in the same manner and are all exposed like ourselves to the trials and tribulations of life.

– St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

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.

Amen.

January 20 Sts. Fabian and Sebastian

Remember then how our fathers worked out their salvation; remember the sufferings through which the Church has grown, and the storms the ship of Peter has weathered because it has Christ on board.

-St. Thomas Becket

 

The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course.

-St. Boniface

 

Prayer for the Protection of the Church

O glorious Saint Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, come to the assistance of the Church, against which the powers of hell are unchained, guard with especial care her august Head, and obtain that for him and for us the hour of triumph may speedily arrive.

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, watch over us during life, defending us against assaults of the demon, assists us especially at the hour of death; obtain for us a favorable judgment, and the happiness of beholding God face to Face for endless ages.

Amen.

January 19 St. Bassian

Surely such a stroke of love should be enough to awaken anyone from the slumber of indifference. Let such a one reflect upon this Mystery and say to himself: “It is God Almighty who will come down upon the altar at the words of consecration; I shall hold him in my hands, and converse with Him, and receive Him into my breast.”

-St. John of Avila

 

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

O Virgin Mary, our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, you are the glory of the Christian people, the joy of the universal Church, and the salvation of the whole world. Pray for us, and awaken in all believers a vibrant devotion for the most Holy Eucharist, so that they may be worthy to partake daily of this holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Amen.

January 18 St. Charles of Sezze

The brave man bears up under the blows which beset him; the senseless man simply does not feel them when they strike. Only a foolish man does not fear wounds, but a prudent man does not allow any fear of suffering to divert him from a holy way of life for that would be to refuse lesser pains at the expense of plunging himself into far more bitter ones.

-St. Thomas More

 

Prayer of Self-Offering to God

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me. I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your Will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more.

Amen.

January 17 Our Lady of Hope

You are nowhere but close to the infant Jesus, trembling with cold in the stable of Bethlehem….You are on Calvary with the Marys, where you see nothing but death, nails, thorns, powerlessness, extraordinary darkness, abandonment, and dereliction. Therefore, I beg you to love the crib of the child of Bethlehem; love the Calvary of the God crucified amidst the darkness; stay close to him and know that Jesus is in the midst of your hearts more than you could believe or imagine.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Our Lady, Hope of Christians

Hail Mary, hope of Christians, hear the prayer of a sinner who loves you tenderly, honors you in a special manner, and places in you the hope of salvation. I owe you my life, for you obtain for me the grace of your Son and you are the sure pledge of my eternal happiness.

I entreat you, deliver me from the burden of my sins, take away the darkness of my mind, destroy the earthly affections of my heart, defeat the temptations of my enemies, and rule all the actions of my life. With you as my guide may I arrive at the eternal happiness of heaven.

Amen.

January 16 St. Berard and Companions

It is by the Cross that we go to Heaven. Illness, temptations, troubles, are so many crosses which take us to Heaven. All this will soon be over….Look at the Saints, who have arrived there before us….The good God does not require of us the martyrdom of the body; He requires only the martyrdom of the heart, and of the will….Our Lord is our model; let us take up our cross, and follow Him.

-St. John Vianney

 

Prayer to Imitate the Suffering Christ

O Jesus, You have called me to suffer because You on Your part suffered for me, leaving me an example that I might follow. When You were insulted, You did not return the insult. When You were mistreated, You did not counter with threats but entrusted Yourself to the One Who judges justly. By Your wounds we are healed. Help me to imitate You in suffering. Let me break with sin by means of my sufferings, so that I may no longer live according to the lusts of sinners but according to the Will of the Father.

Since You Yourself have suffered and been tempted I know that You are able to bring aid to all who suffer and are tempted. I entrust myself to You and to the Father, my Creator, knowing that You will never fail me.

Amen.

January 15 St. Paul the Hermit

For if we strive to save the body by sin, we destroy it and we also lose the soul. But if we patiently endure the loss of the body for the love of God, then, just as the snake sloughs off its old skin…by rubbing it against thorns and thistles, and, leaving it behind in the thick hedges, comes forth young and shining, so too those of us who follow Christ’s advice and become wise as serpents will leave behind on earth our old bodies, rubbed off like a snake’s old skin among the thorns of tribulation suffered for the love of God, and will quickly be carried up to heaven, shining and young and never more to feel the effects of old age.

-St. Thomas More

 

Prayer for Devotion to the Holy Name

O Jesus, grant to me and those I love as well as to all the faithful the grace of eternal salvation through Your holy Name. Bestow on us a most ardent love for You that will imprint Your sacred Name upon our hearts. May it be always in our minds and frequently on our lips, that it may be our defense in temptation, our refuge in danger, and our consolation and support in the hour of our death.

Amen.

January 14 St. Felix of Nola

You should frequently invoke your guardian angel, this kindhearted angel. Often repeat the beautiful prayer, “Angel of God, my guardian—to whom the goodness of the heavenly Father entrusts me—enlighten, protect, and guide me, now and forever.” What a consolation will be yours when, at the hour of death, you will behold this good angel who accompanied you during life and was so generous in his motherly care of you. Oh, may this delightful thought make you increasingly fond of Jesus’ cross, as this is also the wish of your good angel.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Angel of God

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.

Amen.

 

January 13 St. Hilary

“So the height of the Divinity, humbled to the earth, and joined with your humanity, made the Bridge and reformed the road. Why was this done? In order that man might come to his true happiness with the angels. And observe that it is not enough, in order that you should have life, that My Son should have made you this Bridge, unless you walk thereon.”

-St. Catherine of Siena

 

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;
Body of Christ, be my salvation;
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains;
Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
O good Jesus, listen to me;
In Thy wounds I fain would hide;
Never to be parted from Thy side;
Guard me, should the foe assail me;
Call me when my life shall fail me;
Bid me come to Thee above,
With Thy saints to sing Thy love,
World without end.

Amen.

January 12 St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Now I understand well that what unites our soul most closely to God is self-denial; that is, joining our will to the will of God. That is what makes the soul truly free, contributes to profound recollection of the spirit, and makes all life’s burdens light, and death sweet.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer to Imitate the Suffering Christ

O Jesus, You have called me to suffer because You on Your part suffered for me, leaving me an example that I might follow. When You were insulted, You did not return the insult. When You were mistreated, You did not counter with threats but entrusted Yourself to the One Who judges justly. By Your wounds we are healed. Help me to imitate You in suffering. Let me break with sin by means of my sufferings, so that I may no longer live according to the lusts of sinners but according to the Will of the Father.

Since You Yourself have suffered and been tempted I know that You are able to bring aid to all who suffer and are tempted. I entrust myself to You and to the Father, my Creator, knowing that You will never fail me.

Amen.