1/25/2020: Forgiveness and Faith

Lord, You welcome every prayer. Please forgive my half-heartedness when You are deserving of all my love. When I do not receive what I ask for in prayer, please increase my faith and openness to being blessed in unexpected ways. Amen.

1/24/2020: A Winter Prayer

Loving Father, I give You thanks, for in the artistry of winter, no detail goes untended. Each snowflake You make worthwhile in singular beauty or within a sparkling panorama. So, too, I give you thanks for the splendor of individuality in people as You created them to be.

1/23/2020: Prayer for New Perspective

Loving God, Throughout the day today, Help me to look at things a little differently. Yes, there will be violence in the world; Help me to focus on being more gentle. The weather will bring hardship to many; Help me to accomplish what I need to do without complaint. The poor and homeless will remain; Help me to make room in my heart for anyone I have shunned. People will suffer misfortune today; Help me to notice blessings I sometimes take for granted. I may find myself feeling pretty good or feeling downcast today; Help me to look to You with greater faith, no matter what. Amen.

1/22/2020: To See the Miracles

God, our Creator, You made the world in the grandeur we behold. May more people see in each new life A miracle as Your plan unfolds. Amen.

1/21/2020: Putting the Lord First

Lord, in all I do today, help me to put You first— to seek You who alone can satisfy every spiritual hunger and thirst. Amen.

1/20/2020: To Be a Better Disciple

Lord Jesus, Help me to be a better disciple: To forgive more easily, To pray more gratefully, To help more spontaneously, To live my faith more openly, And to love more fully. Amen.

1/19/2020: Prayer for Lighter Burdens

I pray for people known and unknown Struggling with discouragement and pain. With Your blessing, May they emerge with renewed faith, Able to see Your glory.

1/18/2020: Filled with the Holy Spirit

Loving God, As I continue my faith journey, I give You thanks that the Holy Spirit Accompanies me every step of the way.

1/17/2020: Keep Me Safe

I pray for safety in the keeping of a guardian angel at my side, and for the Holy Spirit within to be my strength and guide.

1/16/2020: Grace in Every Task

Heavenly Father, You animate my being, and I ask for grace to fulfill Every task before me as I seek to do Your will.

1/15/2020: Prayer for Attentiveness

My every prayer, Lord Jesus, I know that You hear. Please make me more attentive, for You are always near.

1/14/2020: Prayer for the Lord’s Friendship

Lord Jesus, Anyone might wonder Why You chose me as friend. There’s nothing that You need from me, and I am far from perfect. Your love exceeds what I can merit, And yet You have chosen me! Lord Jesus, Help me to see today How I can share Your friendship As You have shared Your love with me. In all that I pray and do, Help me to live with gratitude That You call me “friend.” Amen.

1/13/2020: Marian Prayer for the Sick or Discouraged

Blessed Virgin Mary, our gentle mother, Please bring comfort in times of sickness or discouragement, And ask Your beloved Son, Jesus, To heal those who are suffering Or to grant increased grace To remain faithful despite struggles in body, mind, or spirit. Holy Mother, Blessed Mary, You have known joy and sorrow, devotion and confusion. To you I give thanks for your example of faith. Please pray for those in distress, Worn down from chronic pain Or suddenly floored by injury or sickness. In heaven with Your beloved Son, May your prayers join with mine That all who are sick or discouraged May know that they are not alone. Amen.

1/12/2020: Prayer of One Baptized

Loving Father, May the cleansing from original sin Continue to make my spirit free, Not to do heedlessly what I want, But to choose the path You ask of me. May the Baptismal anointing with oil Continue as a blessing to bring Renewed commitment to oneness with Christ, Our eternal Priest, Prophet, and King. May Baptism in the white garment worn Continue its sign that I am clothed In the hope of sharing life eternal With Christ crucified, with Christ who rose. May light shared from an Easter candle Continue to shine for a world in need, For in the gentle glow of Your love, People can come to see things differently. Amen.

1/11/2020: Prayer in Quietude

Loving God, I ask that there will always be within my heart a quiet room to meet You in serenity.

1/10/2020: To Grow in Faith

Lord Jesus, may I grow in faith day by day, with Mary and Joseph helping me to follow Your holy way.

1/9/2020: Prayer for Unending Care

Father, our Creator, You call me ever closer, To be held and yet sent forth. Through my life, may others see Your unending care.

1/8/2020: Faithful As a Child

Heavenly Father, On whom I depend for all that is good, I give You thanks for every blessing, Including gifts beyond what I have understood. May I be as a child, growing in understanding, and may my faith increase, too, Cherishing the hope in possibilities That are only possible through You. Amen.

1/7/2020: Prayer in Winter Hardship

Loving Father, on this day, many will struggle in the harshness of winter. Please guide the homeless to shelter, and give comfort to the homebound. In places where winter has delivered yet another onslaught, please give courage to the discouraged and spiritual comfort to the disheartened. Where there is hardship because of ice, snow, and coldness, please give hope. Lord God, although we are fragile in our humanity, help us to remain strong in faith. Amen.

1/6/2020: Morning Prayer

Gracious God, in the dawning of the new day, Your grace shines forth for all to see. As today I begin anew, I ask for Your blessing, knowing that You hear and answer every prayer. May I be open to Your love and attentive to those in need Ð a sign of the hope that comes through faith in You. Amen.

1/5/2020: Prayer for the Epiphany

Seeing the star at its rising, the magi hastened on their journey. Lord Jesus, I pray that my life’s journey will lead me ever closer to You. The star that the wisemen followed stopped where they would find You with Mary. Lord Jesus, Son of God and Mary, I pray that in every place and circumstance, I will live each day in faith. Gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh they gave to You in joyful homage. Lord, King, Prophet, and Priest, I pray that gifts I offer will please You, as signs of love and praise. Amen.

1/4/2020: Prayer for Perseverance

Lord God, I pray for perseverance among all who are destitute in body or spirit. I pray also in gratitude for friends, family, and neighbors who lend a hand, and for caregivers of every kind. Loving Father, You have placed us in this world together; may I always do my part in Your plan leading to salvation, even if some days it seems that I can do little more than pray for trust that Your Spirit is with us to help us through. Amen.

1/3/2020: Most Holy Name of Jesus

Jesus, You are both Lord and friend. May all that I say and do today give glory to Your name. Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd. Help me to be more attentive to Your voice when so much around me vies for my attention. Jesus, You are faithful. I pray that I will not let You down. Jesus, You came as our newborn Savior. May Your love renew my spirit. Amen.

1/2/2020: With the New Year Begun

Heavenly Father, As the new year gets under way, May whatever I resolve to do Be inspired by Your Holy Spirit. Jesus came to make all things new, And I give You thanks for all He taught Through His love and Word if we but hear it. Amen.

1/1/2020: New Year’s Prayer

Lord Jesus, You came to make things new. During the coming year, May I approach each day Changed by a spirit renewed. Lord Jesus, You came to heal in every way. During the coming year, May I see the opportunities To extend healing words. Lord Jesus, You came to teach us how to live. During the coming year, May I seek to follow You, Eager as the Disciples to learn. Lord Jesus, You came to bring salvation. During the coming year, May I be ever more grateful For Your promise of life eternal. Amen.

12/31/19: Hope in the Lord

Lord Jesus, As I look around me and see a world in need, Please help me to look also for signs of Your glory. Amen.

12/30/19: Treasured Love

Newborn Savior, in my heart I treasure the love You give with overflowing measure. Amen.

12/29/19: To Be As Jesus’ Family

Lord Jesus, May I always have abundant room for You in my heart. Like the Blessed Virgin Mary, May I always seek to be pure of heart and holy. Inspired by Saint Joseph, May I put my heart into doing the work God asks of me. In these prayers, may I be held close in heart by your Holy Family. Amen.

12/28/19: Christmastime Prayer

With no room at the inn, in the manger He lay. May every room in my heart be filled with the love of our Savior. To shepherds with the flock, angels proclaimed great joy. May the tidings I bring to others proclaim the love of our Lord. With gifts, the magi came offering homage and praise. May the gift of faith I have received be shared in the love of Christ. Blessed Virgin Mary held these things in her heart. May I be always receptive to the love of her Son, Jesus. Amen.

12/27/19: Prayer to Our Loving Savior

Lord Jesus, Who came into the world With every human need, A child, yet born a Savior, Please grant us Christmas joy and peace. Lord Jesus, Our Savior, who came with love For humanity in need, May the gift of faith in You Fill us with Christmas joy and peace. Lord Jesus, In whose heart is always room To welcome all who come, In giving love to others, May I find Christmas joy and peace. Amen.