July 15 St. Bonaventure

I suddenly saw a ciborium with the Blessed Sacrament. The ciborium was uncovered and quite filled with hosts. From the ciborium came a voice: These hosts have been received by souls converted through your prayer and suffering. At this point, I felt God’s presence as a child would; I felt strangely like a child.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

He wanted to make himself the bread which is broken so that everyone can be nourished by his very life through participation in the sacrament of his Body and Blood.

-St. John Paul II

 

Prayer in Time of Sickness

O Jesus, You suffered and died for us; You understand suffering; teach me to understand my suffering as You do; to bear in in union with You, to offer it with You to atone for my sins, and to bring Your grace to souls in need. Calm my fears; increase my trust. May I gladly accept Your holy will and become more like You in trial. If it be your will, restore me to health so that I may work for Your honor and glory and salvation of all.

Amen.

July 9 Our Lady, Queen of Peace

Sufferings in no way take away my peace. On the other hand, although I enjoy profound peace, that peace does not lessen my experience of suffering. Although my face is often bowed to the ground, and my tears flow profusely, at the same time my soul is filled with profound peace and happiness…

-St Faustina Kowalska

 

Our Lady, Queen of Peace

Most holy Virgin, by your Divine Maternity you merited to share in your Divine Son’s prerogative of universal Kingship, and to be called Queen of Peace. May your powerful intercession guard your people from all hatred and discord among themselves and direct their hearts in the way of peace. Your Son came to teach us this way for the good and well-being of all and your Church continues to guide our steps along that same way.

Look kindly upon the efforts of Christ’s Vicar to call together and unite nations around the only center of saving faith. Enlighten the rulers of our country and of all countries on earth to follow this path to peace. Grant that there may be peace in our hearts, in our families, and in our world.

Amen.

July 2 St. Oliver Plunkett

I thank God for this illness and these physical discomforts, because I have time to converse with the Lord Jesus. It is my delight to spend long hours at the feet of the hidden God, and the hours pass like minutes as I lose track of time. I feel that a fire is burning within me, and I understand no other life but that of sacrifice, which flows from pure love.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer of Offering of the Precious Blood

Eternal Father, You have given Your only Son to be the Redeemer of the world and willed that He should shed—even to the last drop—His Precious Blood for love of all persons.

I offer You the effusion of the Precious Blood, which flowed beneath the knife of circumcision, which watered the Garden of Olives, which flooded the praetorium and streets of Jerusalem, which was shed in torrents at the Crucifixion, and Whose last drops reddened the steel of the lance.

In the name of this adorable Blood, grant to sinners the grace of salvation, to the just an increase of love, and to all human beings a large share in the merits that It has assured us. Pardon us in the name of this Divine Blood. Heed Its pleading voice. Remember that It is the Blood of Your Son in Whose Name You have promised to hear our every prayer.

Amen.

 

Litany of the Saints

June 27 Our Lady of Perpetual Help

O Mary, today a terrible sword has pierced Your holy soul. Except for God, no one knows of your suffering. Your soul does not break; it is brave, because it is only then that I will be able to endure all trials and tribulations, and only in union with Jesus will my little sacrifices be pleasing to God. Sweetest Mother, continue to teach me about the interior life. May the sword of suffering never break me. O pure Virgin, pour courage into my heart and guard it.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Whenever I call on you by name or even think of you, what consolation and confidence, what sweetness and emotion fill my soul!

I thank God for having given you so sweet, powerful, and lovely a name for my good. Let my love for you prompt me ever to greet you as Mother of Perpetual Help.

Amen.

 

Litany of the Saints

June 26 St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer

Legions of Christian faithful fulfill an ecclesial role of inestimable value by praying for the Church and her mission. We count on all these prayers, and are especially grateful for the contributions of the sick and the suffering.

-St. John Paul II

 

On one occasion I heard these words in my soul, Make a novena for your country. This novena will consist of the recitation of the Litany of the Saints.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer for the Church in Need

God of power and of mercy, you gave courage to the martyrs who died for their faith. In many places in the world, our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to suffer for their belief in you and in your Son. Strengthen all those who suffer religious persecution. May we work for the day when all your children may worship you in freedom and in joy.

Amen.

 

Litany of the Saints

June 25 St. Moloc

Jesus, how truly dreadful it would be to suffer if it were not for You. But it is You, Jesus, stretched out on the cross, who give me strength and are always close to the suffering soul. Creatures will abandon a person in his suffering, but You, O Lord, are faithful…

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Lord Jesus, have mercy on the souls detained in Purgatory. It was for their salvation that you took on our human nature and suffered a most painful death. Have mercy on their burning desire to see you, have mercy on their tears of repentance. Through the merits of your Passion, remit the sentence they incurred by their sins.

Dear loving Jesus, may your Blood descend on those dear souls! May it shorten their time of atonement and may they soon be called to eternal happiness in your Presence!

Amen.

June 23 St. Joseph Cafasso

I have offered this day for priests. I have suffered more today than ever before, both interiorly and exteriorly. I did not know it was possible to suffer so much in one day. I tried to make a Holy Hour, in the course of which my spirit had a taste of the bitterness of the Garden of Gethsemane. I am fighting alone, supported by His arm, against all the difficulties that face me like unassailable walls. But I trust in the power of His name and I fear nothing.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer for Priests

Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Face of Jesus, who is the eternal High Priest, and have pity on Your priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation. Keep them close to You so the enemy may not prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests, for the unfaithful and tepid ones; for those laboring at home and abroad in distant mission fields; for those who are tempted; for those who are lonely and desolate; for those who are young; for those who are dying; and for those who are in Purgatory.

But, above all, I recommend to You the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly (your priest’s name here). O Jesus, keep them all close to Your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

Amen.

Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many and holy priests.

Amen.

June 16 St. Benno

To suffer without complaining, to bring comfort to others and to drown my own sufferings in the most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

I will spend all my free moments at the feet of [Our Lord in] the Blessed Sacrament. At the feet of Jesus, I will seek light, comfort and strength. I will show my gratitude unceasingly to God for His great mercy towards me, never forgetting the favors He has bestowed on me, especially the grace of a vocation.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer for Vocations

Lord, You told us that “The harvest indeed is great but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest to send Laborers into His fields.” We ask You to strengthen us as we follow the vocation to which You have called us. We pray particularly for those called to serve as priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons:

Those whom You have called,

Those You are calling now,

Those You will call in the future.

May they be open and responsive to the call of serving Your people. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

June 15 St. Germaine Cousin

True love is measured by the thermometer of suffering. Jesus, I thank You for the little daily crosses, for opposition to my endeavors, for the hardships of communal life, for the misinterpretation of my intentions, for humiliations at the hands of others, for the harsh way in which we are treated, for false suspicions, for poor health and loss of strength, for self-denial, for dying to myself, for lack of recognition in everything, for the upsetting of all my plans.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer to St. Rita

O glorious St. Rita, your pleadings before the divine crucifix have been known to grant favors that many would call the impossible. Lovely St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so devoted in your love for thy crucified Jesus, speak on my behalf for my petition which seems so impossible from my humbled position. (Your request)

Be propitious, O glorious St. Rita, to my petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy supplicant. Be lavish to me, as thou has been in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. I promise, dear St. Rita, if my petition is granted, to glorify thee, by making known thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus I pray.

Amen.

June 7 St. Paul of Constantinople

This morning, when someone hurt my feelings, I tried, in that suffering, to unite my will to the will of God, and I praised God by my silence. In the afternoon, I went for a five-minute adoration, when suddenly I saw the crucifix I have on my breast come alive. Jesus said to me, My daughter, suffering will be a sign to you that I am with you. My soul was greatly moved by these words.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

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.