Reflection......

God’s Absolute Love – the Love that Values All 


When one person loves something, that thing has value to that one person.  When many people love the same thing it has value to the society.  But when God loves something, it has eternal value beyond measure!  

So it is with humans.  God loved us even before we loved Him (1 John 4:19).   God showed this love in His son, Christ Jesus (John 3:16) and still pours out His love onto our hearts  (Romans 5:5).  That God loves and values us is absolute truth.  


God knit us together in the womb and shows His love (Psalm 139:13,  Isaiah 44:24) and He understands and knows our souls and loves us completely (Psalm 139:14,  Luke 1:41).  In fact, He knew us and loved us even before we were born!  (Jeremiah 1:5)

With God’s love comes value and worth!  We are all His children!!  Each person, whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, has that eternal God-given worth!  

Today, take a moment to recognize the immeasurable value and worth of every person you meet.  It is your opportunity to love and cherish all people ….. beginning with the person in the mirror!                            

You formed me with Your hands; You made me...   (Job 10:8)    

Prayer Intentions.....

+ For our Holy Father, Pope Francis; Archbishop Naumann; Fr. Quentin and all religious that       serve us.

+ For Fr. Nicholas Ashmore, Fr. Dan Weger, Brother Brent Stull, Joe & Isaac Wahlmeier & all     young people discerning their called vocation.

+ For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life and continued blessings          for married couples.

+ For Dustin Chapman, Noah Foster, Kyle Mares, Connor Rychlec, Stephen Sazalsky,                  Dominic Wahlmeier & all military families.

+ For the end of abortion and for peace in our world.

+ For all our faithful departed, those that will die this day and all souls in purgatory.

 

Please pray for all those in need of the Lord’s healing touch…

 Judy Abendroth, Paul & Sandra Austin, Andrew Barr, Sylvia & Duane Bauer, Troy Birk, Betty Bodenhamer, Penny Buffo, Dustin Calhoun, Amy Chapman, Carolyn Carlson, Pat Dennison, Jill Devena, Gary Fevurly, Kelli Fraas, Mary Fraas, Jean Frank, Conway Foster, Poseta Galvez, Miles Gibbons, Paige Grasser, Sharon Graybeal, Karen Hansen, Bruce Harden, Lorraine Heinz, Annee Hood, Linda Hopkins, Mark Hopkins, Ethel Huser, Gary Jackson, Doyle Johnson, Kennedy Keehn, Molly Keehn, Sandy Kraus, Ed Linhardt, Jim Mast, Joanie McClure, Debbie McNabb, Kolton Mead, Barbara Merry, Mirabelle Menard, Deb Neil, Shirley Nolan, Robert Norman, Teresa Osburn, Helen Pauly, Jane Rehm, Dennis Rice, Clarence Schillig, Kenny Singleton, Patty Spencer, Kinsley Splechter, Brianna Thomas, James Thomas, Elaine Weston, Gladys Young

Prayers for Everyday

Traveler’s Prayer

Dear Lord, as I journey through life, open my eyes to see the needs around me. Give me a heart willing to serve your people. Help me to love as you loved. Grant me wisdom in word and action to best respond to the situation presented. I am grateful for my faith and the opportunities to serve you throughout my life. Amen.

 

Prayer to the Holy Trinity

Glory be to the Father, Who by His almighty power and love, created me, making me in the image and likeness of God. Glory be to the Son, Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell, and opened for me the gates of heaven. Glory be to the Holy Spirit, Who has sanctified me in the Sacrament of Baptism, and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His bounty. Glory be to the three adored Persons of the Most Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

 

A Blessing for the Summer

Dear Lord God, Creator of all things, please guide my steps and strengthen my heart during these months of summer. Lord, help me to be renewed in spirit and …… Take time to pray and renew hope; it is your Gift to me. Take time to have fun; it’s your way of teaching life is joyful. Take time to grow myself; You made only one me and I am wonderfully made! Take time to trust in the person I am; You love me as I am, your child. Take time to be self-reliant; help me to see that I can ask for help when I need it, but I can bear all things with your grace. Take time to share with others; we are each a blessing from you. Today, I put myself into your hands, may I be generous and considerate in all my actions and I pray that these coming months are filled with peace, relaxation, joy, love and safety. Amen.

 

Prayer to Our Lord, Jesus Christ 

O God who works wonders, we marvel in the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, your Son. In Christ, you have redeemed us and brought us to life. May our “alleluia” proclaim the Resurrection and profess our willingness to join ourselves to the Paschal Mystery. Grant us, we pray, O Lord, eyes to see you and ears to hear your voice so that we might grow stronger in faith like the disciples on that first Easter. Help us to bear witness to your Son’s Resurrection and Ascension and give us a desire to seek and serve you among the living. May your Holy Spirit fill us with joy, rousing our hearts to proclaim Christ, the victor King who opened the gates of Heaven and sits at your right hand. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. Alleluia!

 

Prayer for Married Couples

Almighty and eternal God, You blessed the union of married couples so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church; look with kindness on them. Renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them, and strengthen their bond of peace so that, with their children, they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

 

Prayer to Know My Vocation

I glorify You, God in all that I do. In mind, body, and spirit I give my best to You. Help me to follow your will no matter the call: sister, brother or priest, I promise my all. If you call me to marriage, I promise to love, and to teach my own children to seek grace from above. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  

Prayer of St. Louis de Montfort 

O Jesus living in Mary, come and live in Your servants, in the spirit of Your holiness, in the fullness of Your might, in the perfection of Your ways, in the truth of Your virtues, in the communion of Your mysteries. Subdue every hostile power, the devil, the world and the flesh, in the strength of Your Spirit, for the glory of Your Father, Amen.

 

Prayer for Our Children

O Jesus, Lover of Children, bestow Your Most precious graces on those whom You have confided to our care. Increase in them Faith, Hope and Charity. May Your love lead them to solid piety, inspiring them with dread for sin, love of work and an ardent desire of worthily approaching Your Holy Table. Preserve in them innocence and purity of heart; and if they should offend You, grant them the grace of a prompt and sincere repentance. From Your Tabernacle watch over them day and night; protect them in all their ways. Grant that they may acquire the knowledge that they need to embrace the state of life to which You have called them. Grant us a sincere love, constant vigilance and generous devotedness towards them. Grant us all consolation on earth and eternal reward in heaven. Amen.

 

Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father, with a deep trust in the love that flows from the heart of your Son, and by the gifts of your Holy Spirit, give to the seminarians, novices and all young people of the Archdiocese the courage to respond generously when you call them to the priest-hood and religious life. Give them strong examples of holy priests and religious. Through the intercession of the saints and by our prayers, help them pattern their lives after Mary, who was not afraid to let it be done to her according to your Word (Lk 1:38). We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen

 

Divine Mercy Chaplet 

Recite this prayer on rosary beads.

Begin making the sign of the cross and then recite: Our Father… Hail Mary… Apostles Creed.

On the Our Father beads recite: Eternal Father, I offer You, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

On the Hail Mary beads recite: For the sake of his sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Conclusion - recite 3 times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

 

The Jesus Prayer 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,  have mercy on me, a sinner.   Amen.

 

Act of Faith   

O my God, I firmly believe in you,  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe in Jesus Christ   As my Savior and Redeemer,  And in the holy Catholic Church and all  the truths it teaches.   Amen.

 

Prayer to the Holy Trinity

Glory be to the Father,  Who by His almighty power and love created me, making me in the image and likeness of God.
 
Glory be to the Son,  Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,  and opened for me the gates of heaven.
 
Glory be to the Holy Spirit,  Who has sanctified me in the Sacrament of Baptism, and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.
 
Glory be to the three adored Persons  of the Most Holy Trinity, now and forever.  Amen.

Faith Minute

Spouses and Family Members!

This week have you:

• Completed chores around the house?

• Listened to others?

• Shown affection for your Spouse or family members?

• Made any other small sacrifice(s) for your spouse or family member?

If you have, then you have done a great job!! You are prepared for this weekend’s feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Though it can seem like a stretch to compare the sacraments of the Eucharist and Matrimony, they actually have a lot in common.

In fact, St. Augustine said, “Matrimony is the sacrament most like the Eucharist because of the self-donation involved.”

If this is true, we should expect an elevated reverence for Married couples creating families in the same way we expect respect for the Eucharist.

To prioritize your Sacrament of Marriage, go to www.JoyfulMarriageProject.com

Praying with the Saints

Feast Day of St. Joseph – March 19

St. Joseph is a man of great spirit though there is very little about the life of Joseph in Scripture. We know that he was the chaste husband of Mary, the foster father of Jesus, a carpenter and a man of simple wealth. We also know that he came from the royal lineage of King David. We can see from his actions in scripture that Joseph was a compassionate man and obedient to the will of God. He also loved Mary and Jesus and wanted to protect and provide for them. Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many historians believe Joseph had probably died before Jesus entered public ministry. St. Joseph is the patron of the universal Church, fathers, the dying and social justice

 

Pope Pius XI gave us this prayer to Christ our King

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the King of the whole world. All that was made was created for You. Exercise Your sovereign rights over me. I renew my baptismal vows, renouncing Satan with all his works and his false glamour, and I promise to live as a good Christian. In particular, I pledge myself to do all in my power to make the rights of God and of Your Church triumph in the world. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You whatever I do, however feeble, to obtain that all human hearts may admit Your sacred kingship, so that the kingdom of Your peace will be established throughout the whole world. Amen.

 

A Prayer Before Study, Testing or Presentations By St. Thomas Aquinas

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Praying with St. Ignatius Loyola

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous: teach me to serve You as You deserve: to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not so seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward save that of knowing I am doing Your will. Amen. 

 

Praying with St. Patrick

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. Amen 

 

Praying with St. Anthony 

St. Anthony, you found quiet time to retreat into private communion with God to replenish your life with new strength. Help me in the midst of my busy life to be prayerful and to seek the Spirit’s guiding presence with my heart. Amen. 

 

Praying with St. James 

O glorious Apostle, St. James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart was chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory: obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life, that, having constantly and generously followed Jesus, we may be victors in heaven. Amen 

 

Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. 

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is doubt, faith; 

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light; and 

Where there is sadness, joy. 

Divine 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.