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. 

+   For Deacon Nicholas Ashmore, Deacon Dan Weger, Brother Brent Stull, Joe Wahlmeier, Isaac Wahlmeier and all those discerning their vocation. 

+   For Dustin Chapman, Noah Foster, Kyle Mares, Stephen Sazalsky, Greg Smith, Dominic Wahlmeier and all our military family members.

+   For all those dealing with the natural as well as man made disasters.  May help, hope and mercy be theirs. 

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

 

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

Judy Abendroth, Dan Allen, Jamie Anderson, Joel Akins, Paul & Sandra Austin, Pat Avey, Andrew Barr, Wally Birk, Betty Bodenhamer, Penny Buffo, Dustin Calhoun, Amy Chapman, Rita Crouch, Tom Dieker, 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, Ronald & Lorraine Heinz, Dale Herder, 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, Pat Miller, Mirabelle Menard, Deb Neil, Shirley Nolan, Robert Norman. Helen Pauly, Jane Rehm, Delbert Riebe, Clarence Schillig, Lois Shepherd, Kenny Singleton, Patty Spencer, Kinsley Splechter, Brianna Thomas, James Thomas, Elaine Weston, Gladys Young

Prayers for Everyday

A Lenten Prayer by Pope Francis

Jesus, teach me to see with Your eyes, to live life as you lived, to understand life as you understood it. Give me a new perception of others, close and far, seen always as brothers and sisters in you to be respected and loved. Amen.

 

Prayer for a Blessing on the New Year

O Sacred and adorable Trinity, hear our prayers on behalf of our Holy Father the Pope, the Bishops, our clergy, and for all that are in authority over us. Bless, we beseech Thee, during the coming year, the whole Catholic Church, convert unbelievers, soften the hearts of the sinners so that they may return to Thy friendship, give prosperity to our country and peace among the nations of the world, pour down Thy blessings upon our friends, relatives and acquaintances, and upon our enemies – if we have any, assist the poor and the sick, have pity on the souls of those whom the past year has taken from us, and do Thou be merciful to those who during the coming year will be summoned before Thy judgment seat. May all our actions be preceded by Thy inspirations and carried on by Thy assistance, so that all our prayers and works, having been begun in Thee, may likewise be ended through Thee. Bless us and have mercy on us O Lord. 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

After the sacrifice of Lent and the gloom of Holy Week, we can sometimes arrive at Easter like someone who has just finished a dreaded chore. Hooray, we made it! Now, pass the jelly beans.

If this is our approach, the Resurrection of Jesus becomes no more than a happy ending to a scary story, and we miss the gift it can be for our marriages and families.

The first message of the Resurrection is “Don’t be afraid!” This phrase is proclaimed to all who approach the empty tomb, and to us as married couples and families as well. We should not be afraid:

• … of serious illness, financial or relationship problems. He has conquered even death, so He can bring good out of any evil we face.

• … of facing our own or our spouse’s or children’s sin. He loved his disciples after they abandoned Him - He can help us love each other with that same love.

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.