September 28th, 2010

Litany of the Little Flower of Jesus

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face (Feast Day is Friday)

Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us, God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us, God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us, Holy Trinity, one God, have

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December 25th, 2009

Embrace Us With Your Tiny Arms

The Nativity Prayer of St Bernard of Clairvaux

Let Your goodness Lord appear to us, that we made in your image, conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imitate Your majesty, power, and wonder nor is it fitting for us to try. But Your mercy reaches from the heavens through the clouds to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but

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November 12th, 2009

Day 134

How did you spend Veteran’s Day?

Read how one military wife did.

And then, whatever prayers you said yesterday for our veterans and their families, say some more today.

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July 4th, 2009

God Bless You, America!

I found this very nice “Freedom Prayer” at National Catholic Register:

Heavenly Father, on this holiday weekend we give thanks to you for the gift and blessing of the freedom we enjoy in our great nation. We praise you, Lord, for inspiring and guiding our founding fathers as they struggled to build our country and create a new way of living with the goal of freedom and justice for all.

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June 8th, 2009

A Birthday Request

Yes, it’s my birthday. No, I can’t believe another year has flown by and yes, time just seems to go faster and faster and all that cliché-sounding stuff that it turns out really is true.

I’ll steal some age-perspective from my birthday buddy Rachel (who is a whole 3 days older than I am) and tell you that so far, 37 feels an awful lot like 36. And that’s a

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February 15th, 2009

A Good Day to Pray

Prayer for Our President

God of power and might, wisdom and justice, through You authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed. Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude the President and other government leaders of these United States.

May they always seek the ways of righteousness, justice and mercy. Grant that they may be enabled by your powerful protection to lead our country with

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January 20th, 2009

Inauguration Day Prayer

(from Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of the Diocese of Belleville)

O Lord our God, St. Thomas More, patron of statesmen, lived a life of prayer and penance, zeal for justice and integrity in his political service as Lord Chancellor of England. He was guided by the light of the Gospel in his family life. This led him on the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Guide President Barack H. Obama

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July 3rd, 2008

Independence Day 2008

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness

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