December 3 St. Francis Xavier

There are people who make capital out of everything, even the winter. If it is cold, they offer their little sufferings to God.

-St. John Vianney

 

O humdrum days, filled with darkness, I look upon you with a solemn and festive eye. How great and solemn is the time that gives us the chance to gather merits for eternal heaven! I understand how the saints made use of it.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

From the Blessing of an Advent Wreath

Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

December 2 St. Chromatius

In Christ, who died on the cross for us, we can definitely confirm the fact that suffering can transform itself into a great love and an extraordinary generosity.

-St. Teresa of Kolkata

 

I suffer great pain at the sight of the suffering of others. All these sufferings are reflected in my heart. I carry their torments in my heart so that it even wears me out physically. I would like all pains to fall upon me so as to bring relief to my neighbor.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer for Christ’s Triple Coming

Lamb of God, You once came to rid the world of sin; cleanse me now of every stain of sin. Lord, You came to save what was lost; come once again with Your salvific power so that those You redeemed will not be punished. I have come to know You  in faith; may I have unending joy when You come again in glory.

Amen.

August 16 St. Stephen of Hungary

Jesus, You see that I am neither gravely ill nor in good health. You fill my soul with enthusiasm for action, and I have no strength. The fire of Your love burns in me, and for what I cannot accomplish by physical strength, love will compensate.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

O most merciful heart of my Jesus, accept each of my tears, every cry of pain, as a plea for those who suffer, for those who weep, for those who forget you.

-St. Bernadette Soubirous

 

Salve, Regina

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy: Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Amen.

May 14 St. Matthias

She, more than any creature, shows us that the perfection of love is the only goal that matters, that it alone is the measure of holiness and the way to perfect communion with the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. Her state in life was that of a laywoman, and she is at the same time the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and our Mother in the order of grace.

-St. John Paul II

 

To serve Mary and to be her courtier is the greatest honor one can possible possess, for to serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there, and to live under her commands is more than to govern.

-St. John Damascene

 

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.

Amen.

 

 

May 13 Mother’s Day, Our Lady of Fatima

The call to repentance is a motherly one, and at the same time it is strong and decisive. The love that “rejoices in the truth” (cf. 1 Cor. 13:6) is capable of being clear-cut and firm. The call to repentance is linked, as always, with a call to prayer. In harmony with the tradition of many centuries, the Lady of the message indicates the rosary, which can rightly be defined as “Mary’s prayer”: the prayer in which she feels particularly united with us. She herself prays with us. The rosary prayer embraces the problems of the Church, of the See of St. Peter, the problems of the whole world. In it we also remember sinners, that they may be converted and saved…

-St. John Paul II

 

Our Lady of Fatima

O most holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary, you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message. We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary. By meditating on the mysteries of the Redemption what are recalled therein may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.

Amen.

 

Prayer for Mothers

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless our mother. Let the example of her faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, her family may honor her always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Review the 15 Promises of the Rosary

February 7 St. Colette

…keep your eyes always fixed on he who guides you, and on the heavenly homeland to which he wants to lead you. Why should you worry whether Jesus wants you to reach the homeland by way of the desert or through the fields, when one way or the other you will reach blessed eternity just the same?

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Prayer of Adoration and Petition

I adore You, O Jesus, true God and true Man, here present in the Holy Eucharist, as I humbly kneel before You and unite myself in spirit with all the faithful on earth and all the Saints in heaven. In heartfelt gratitude for so great a blessing, I love You, my Jesus, with my whole soul, for You are infinitely perfect and all worthy of my love. Give me the grace nevermore in any way to offend You. Grant that I may be renewed by Your Eucharistic presence here on earth and be found worthy to arrive with Mary at the enjoyment of Your eternal and blessed presence in heaven.

Amen.

January 1 Mary, the Holy Mother of God World Day of Prayer for Peace

May it please the Mother of God to hear my prayer for you, which is that you may meet with even greater affronts, so that you may have the occasion of greater merit, provided that you can accept them with patience and consistency and without sin on the part of others, remembering the greater insults which Christ our Lord suffered for us.

-St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for He has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.

December 17 Lazarus

The Incarnation of the Son of God attests that God goes in search of man. Jesus speaks of this search as the finding of a lost sheep (cf. Lk 15:1-7). It is a search which begins in the heart of God and culminates in the Incarnation of the Word.

-St. John Paul II

 

Try to believe that your present state is a most singular grace from the divine Father; a grace which he grants you despite all your unworthiness.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

O Antiphon

O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!

 

Prayer for Christ’s Coming in Grace

O Lord Jesus, during this Advent come to us in Your grace. Come to prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies to welcome You on Christmas Day. Come to comfort us in sadness, to cheer us in loneliness, to refresh us in weariness, to buttress us in temptations, to lead us in doubt, and to exult with us in joy.

Amen.

December 3 St. Francis Xavier

There are people who make capital out of everything, even the winter. If it is cold, they offer their little sufferings to God.

-St. John Vianney

 

O humdrum days, filled with darkness, I look upon you with a solemn and festive eye. How great and solemn is the time that gives us the chance to gather merits for eternal heaven! I understand how the saints made use of it.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

From the Blessing of an Advent Wreath

Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

December 2 St. Chromatius

In Christ, who died on the cross for us, we can definitely confirm the fact that suffering can transform itself into a great love and an extraordinary generosity.

-St. Teresa of Kolkata

 

I suffer great pain at the sight of the suffering of others. All these sufferings are reflected in my heart. I carry their torments in my heart so that it even wears me out physically. I would like all pains to fall upon me so as to bring relief to my neighbor.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer for Christ’s Triple Coming

Lamb of God, You once came to rid the world of sin; cleanse me now of every stain of sin. Lord, You came to save what was lost; come once again with Your salvific power so that those You redeemed will not be punished. I have come to know You  in faith; may I have unending joy when You come again in glory.

Amen.