Prayer for a Married Couple
“O God, unite our hearts in the never-ending bond of pure love. May our children bring You happiness and may Your generous love for them be returned to You, many times over. May the peace of Christ live always in our hearts and in our home. May we continue to have true friends who stand by us both in joy and in sorrow. May we be ready and willing to help and comfort all who come to us in need, and may the blessings promised to the compassionate someday be ours. May we find happiness and satisfaction in our occupations. May daily problems never cause us undue anxiety, nor the desire for earthly comforts dominate our lives. May our hearts’ first desire always be the hundredfold You promised to Your faithful people. May You bless us with many more happy years together, and may You one day welcome us together into Your eternal kingdom. Amen.”
The Lord is rest and refreshment. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest,” Jesus says. The world and all our difficulties can wear us out. We can feel downtrodden and depressed. But, Jesus can lighten our burdens. We can find rest only in Him. When you feel like things are just too much for you, go to Jesus and rest in Him, only in Him.
In this passage, Jesus says that God reveals His truth to the lowly and humble, that means you and me. We don’t have to be good-looking, or smart, or rich, etc. We just have to listen and be open to what God tries to tell us. It is our job to respond in the proper way.
For the Souls in Purgatory
“O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever-present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them. Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Amen.”
Never Found To Fail
“O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me, and show me herein you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O, show me herein you are my mother.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times)
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.” (3 times)
Today, we hear of the call of the Prophet Amos and the call to the Apostles to go two by two to evangelize. All of us by virtue of our baptism have a call to follow Christ and be united with Him as beloved children of God. We also have a call to spread the gospel, the “good news” throughout the world. How we do that depends on our state in life. God also calls us to be holy. He invites us to His altar to feed us with His very self. Strengthened by His Spirit, He sends us forth like Amos, like the Apostles to preach, to heal, and to conquer evil. Is your vision God’s vision?
Died in 1680 at age 24. Led a life of great austerity and love in spite of ridicule and abuse. She is called the “Lily of the Mohawks” and is the first Native American to be declared “Blessed.” Pope Benedict XVI canonized her on October 21, 2012.