Day for Life prayer
We thank you Lord for the gift of life.
Help us to appreciate the unique dignity of every person
and the individual contribution they make to the world,
in fulfilment of the task you give them.
Enable us by your grace to promote their well-being,
serving you in one another in a spirit of generosity.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord,. Amen.
Pope Francis’ prayer for our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us, the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace,
that we may exist as brothers and sisters harming no-one
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty. not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. Amen.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is in the mind of the spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)
Thoughts on Our Lady
In danger, in peril, in every hazardous issue,
think of Mary,
call upon Mary.
Keep her name on your lips, keep it in your heart.
And that you may secure her help as your advocate,
cease not to follow the example of her life.
Following in her footsteps you will not go astray;
Praying to her you will not fall into despair,
Thinking on her you will not err;
While she keeps hold of you, you will not fall.
With her as guide you will not grow weary;
with her as protectress, you will have no fear;
enjoying her favour, you will reach the goal. St. Bernard.
Two short prayers from the heart
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Protect us and keep us always in your care.
Give us health in mind and body
To serve you in our work every day, we pray.
Send your Spirit to guide us,
The Eucharist to strengthen us,
Your Grace to help us
Give our lives in service everywhere.
Work in our lives with your Love
And bring us to the joy you promise.
My Jesus, You have said
Ask and you shall receive,
Seek and you shall find,
Knock and it shall be opened to you.
We ask for your assistance in our work everyday
We seek your guidance in decisions, we pray,
may we always find the open door,
the way for us, within our work to
share the happiness you promise. Amen
Margaret Rose Stelmach 2021
An Ecumenical Christian Prayer
O God, Trinity of love, from the profound communion of your divine life,
pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love.
Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus,
in his family of Nazareth,
and in the early Christian community.
Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel,
discovering Christ in each human being,
recognising him crucified
in the sufferings of the abandoned
and forgotten of our world,
and risen in each brother or sister
who makes a new start.
Come Holy Ghost, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
so that we may discover anew
that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of one humanity that God so loves.
Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti 2020