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.

January 11 St. Anastasius X

If we accomplish what we can, His Majesty will see to it that we become able to do more each day. We must not begin by growing weary; but during the whole of this short life, which for any one of you may be shorter than you think, we must offer the Lord whatever interior and exterior sacrifice we are able to give Him, and His Majesty will unite it with that which He offered to the Father for us upon the Cross, so that it may have the value won for it by our will, even though our actions in themselves may be trivial.

-St. Teresa of Avila

 

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

January 10 St. Gregory of Nyssa

Upright by the cross of her Son on Calvary, the most holy Virgin shared in his Passion and knows how to convince ever fresh souls to unite their suffering with Christ’s sacrifice, in a joint “offertory,” which surpasses time and space and embraces the whole of mankind and saves it.

-St. John Paul II

 

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.

Amen.

January 8 St. Severinus of Noricum

O religious soul, dove beloved of Christ, behold those little pieces of straw which the world tramples under its feet. They are the virtues practiced by the Savior and thy Spouse, of which He Himself has set thee an example: humility, meekness, poverty, penance, patience, and mortification.

-St. Anthony of Padua

 

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 7 St. Raymond of Peñafort

I have experienced tribulations of all sorts and suffered a great deal. When I was a child, suffering used to make me sad; now I taste its bitterness with joy and peace.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

 

For You fashion sorrow into a lesson to us? You smite so that you may heal. You slay us, so that we may not die apart from you.

-St. Augustine

 

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

January 6 Epiphany of the Lord

If you have scarcely any gold or frankincense to offer to Our Lord, you have at least some myrrh, and I am sure He will accept it most willingly, for this fruit of life wished to be committed to the myrrh of bitterness, both at His birth and at His death.

-St. Francis de Sales

 

A lively faith, blind belief, and complete adherence to the authorities constituted by God over you, this is the light…that led the Magi to adore the newly born Messiah.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

from the Blessing of the Home and Household on the Epiphany

Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star.

Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Prayer to the Miraculous Infant of Prague

Dear Jesus, Little Infant of Prague, how tenderly You love us! Your greatest joy is to dwell among us and to bestow Your blessing upon us. So many who turned to You with confidence have received graces and had their petitions granted. I also come before You now with this special request [mention request].

Dear Infant, rule over me and do with me and mine as You will, for I know that in Your Divine wisdom and love you will arrange everything for the best. Do not withdraw Your hand from me, but protect and bless me forever.

Dear Infant, help me in my needs. Make me truly happy with You in time and in eternity, and I shall thank You forever with all my heart.

Amen.