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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Eucharist at the canonization of Frei Galvão in São Paulo, Brazil on 11 May 2007    
(photo credit Fabio Pozzebom/ABr - Agência Brasil;)

  • Father David Brown, O.S.M.
    Our Lady of Sorrow Basilica, Chicago, Il

    Hail Mary
    Hail Mary,
    Full of Grace,
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit
    of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary,
    Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners now,
    and at the hour of death.
  • Father Brown's Commentary on the Prayer
    It is a prayer that is mine for all my conscious life.  There was never a time in my life when I did not know and recite this prayer. Some times with distraction, sometime from rote, sometimes with devotion, or with deep affection and contemplation even. When sad. When glad. To celebrate or to assuage my sorrows. To heal my pain.
    The first part is all praise. The second part has a profound petition.And the theology? There is not enough space even in a computer to examine it meaning.
  • Katherine Delaney
    Our Lady of M
    ount Carmel Church, Chicago, IL
    Thomas Merton's Prayer of Abandonment
    My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
    I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.
    Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
    But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
    And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although I may know nothing about it.
    Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death,
    I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.    
  • Susan Gold
    Assumption Catholic Church, Chicago, Il
    Hail Holy Queen
    Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
    Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
    To thee do we cry, poor banished 
    children of Eve, to thee do we send
    up our sighs, mourning and weeping
    In this valley, of tears.
    Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
    thine eyes of mercy toward us; and
    after this our exile show unto us the
    blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus;
    O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
    Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
    That we may be made worthy of the 
    promises of Christ
  • David Iaccino, DPM
    Assumption Catholic Church, Chicago, Il
    A Prayer to St. Peregrine for Sick Relatives and Friends

    O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty", "The Wonder Worker" because
    of the numerous miracles which you obtained from God for those who have turned to you in
    their need. For so many years, you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys
    the very fiber of our being.
    You turned to God when the power of human beings could do no more, and you were favored
    with the vision of Jesus coming down from His cross to heal your affliction. I now ask God to
    heal these sick persons whom I entrust to you:
    (here mention their names)
    Aided by your powerful intercession, I shall sing with Mary a hymn of gratitude
    to God for His great goodness and mercy.
  • Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D.
    Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, IL
    Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
    (A Prayer by Blessed Oscar Romero)
    It helps now and then to step back and take the long view
    The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts
    it is beyond our vision
    We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of
    The magnificent enterprise that is God's work
    Nothing we do is complete
    Which is another way of saying
    That the kingdom always lies beyond us

    No statement says all that could be said
    No prayer fully expresses our faith
    No pastoral visit brings wholeness
    No program accomplishes the Church's mission
    No set of goals and objectives includes everything

    This is what we are about
    We plant seeds that one day will grow
    We water seeds already planted knowing that they hold future promise
    We lay foundations that will need further development
    We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities

    We cannot do everything
    And there is a sense of liberation in realizing that
    This enables us to do something
    And to do it very well
    It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way
    An opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest

    We may never see the end results
    But that is the difference between the master builder and the worker
    We are workers not master builders
    Ministers and messiahs
    We are people of a future not our own.
  • Denise Mackura
    Holy Rosary Church, Cleveland, Ohio
    Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
    St. Michael the Archangel,
    defend us in battle.
    Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
    and do thou,
    O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan,
    and all the evil spirits,
    who prowl about the world
    seeking the ruin of souls.
  • Gordon Nary
    Assumption Catholic Church, Chicago, Il  
    Prayer for Lane Graves
    To You, O Lord, we humbly entrust this child, so precious in Your sight.
    Take him/her into Your arms and welcome him/her into paradise,
    where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain,
    but the fullness of peace and joy with Your Son and the Holy Spirit
    forever and ever. Amen.
  • Carmen Julia Rodríguez
    St. Theresa of Jesus Catholic Church, Aurora, Il

    Prayer to the Virgen del Carmen
    Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
    Oh, Lady of Mount Carmel: 
    In our tribulation, help us.
    In our fall into temptation, save us.
    In our errors, enlighten us.
    In our anguish, comfort us.
    In our infirmities, heal us.
    In our moments of rejection, llft us.
    In our transgressions, defend us.
    In our misfortune, relieve us.
    With Your maternal heart, love us.
    With Your immense power, protect us.
    With open arms, welcome us,at the hour of our death.
    Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel,
    Holy Mother, pray for us.
  • Wayne Smith
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Chicago, IL
    A Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Virgin of Guadalupe,
    Patroness of unborn children,
    we implore your intercession
    for every child at risk of abortion.
    Help expectant parents to welcome from God
    the priceless gift of their child’s life.
    Console parents who have lost that gift
    through abortion,
    and lead them to forgiveness and healing
    through the Divine Mercy of your Son.
    Teach us to cherish
    and to care for family and friends
    until God calls them home.
    Help us never to see others as burdens.
    Guide our public officials
    to defend each and every human life
    through just laws.
    Inspire us all to bring our faith into public life,
    to speak for those who have no voice.
    We ask this in the name of your Son,
    Jesus Christ, who is Love and Mercy itself.