Today’s Blessing Prayer: Saturday afternoon and evening blessings and greetings to everyone! I am sorry that I am a bit late with my reflections, prayers and blessings today, but yesterday was a very long travel day that ended at 6:30 am this morning when I arrived home. I was not able to sleep on the plane as usual, so I crashed this morning after a few chores. Since then I have been moving slowly, thus I am just getting around to posting my thoughts for the day.
I truly enjoyed my time away, but I must admit it was nice getting home this morning. It will be a busy week being tomorrow as I will be celebrating masses at St. John and St. Mary’s in Chappaqua and I will be trying to catch up before leaving again next Friday for Wisconsin. Oh, the life of an itinerant preacher!
My prayer of blessing this afternoon is that God will grace us all with the strength to somehow help our world take a step closer to peace by living our life with compassion, love and joy. Please my friends don’t end this day with hate in your hearts. Don’t see the world through the eyes of the 24 – hour news stations. Don’t point your figures and blame. Don’t disrespect others not like you. Allow God’s blessing to touch your life and be a person of peace, of compassion, of hope, of joy and of love today. Be a person of faith for your family, for your friends, for your faith community, for those you work with, for those you meet, for the world, and for yourself.
Have a restful and peaceful Saturday evening everyone, put a smile on your face and trust that you are loved by God even in those moments of struggle. May God bless you this evening, night and always and thanks for being the person that you are because you certainly make this world a better place and life worth living! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving Jesus, you were rich and yet for our sake, you became poor. You promise in your Gospel that whatever is done for the least of your sisters and brothers is done for you. Give us grace to be always willing and ready to provide for the needs of those who are struggling physically, emotionally or spiritually so that your Kingdom of service, hope, joy and love may extend throughout the world, to your unending glory. Amen. (Adapted from a prayer by St. Augustine of Hippo)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Friday blessings and greetings to all! I hope your day has started or is starting off well. It is my last morning in Southern California. In about five hours I will turn in my rental car and make my way to the airport for a long overnight journey home. Yes, I arrive in New York tomorrow morning at 6:00 am! As I said yesterday I am looking forward to my return home, but I am also sad to leave this beautiful part of the country behind. I ask you prayers for my travels today and tonight that they will be safe and uneventful.
My prayer of blessing today for all of us is that God will grace us with the strength to somehow help the world take a step closer to peace by living our life with compassion, love and joy today! Please my friends don’t begin this day with hate in your hearts. Don’t see the world through the eyes of the 24-hour news stations. Don’t point your figures and blame. Don’t disrespect others not like you. Allow God’s blessing to touch your life and be a person of peace, of compassion, of hope, of joy and of love today. Be this person today for your family, for your friends, for your faith community, for those you work with, for those you meet, for the world, and for yourself.
Have a great Friday everyone, put a smile on your face and trust that you are loved by God even in those moments of struggle. May God bless you today and always and thanks for being the person that you are because you certainly make this world a better place and life worth living! Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the abilities that you have placed in our life. Help us to acknowledge these gifts and give us the courage to develop and use them in helping to make your presence known. Help us to be merciful and compassionate people who are always aware of something greater in life. We pray this so that we may never miss the gift of your presence in our life and that we may share it with the world around us. Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Thursday blessings and greetings to all. I hope your day has started off well. In a few hours we will finish up our preachers’ convocation here in Sierra Madre. It has been a very good experience and given me lots to think about and ponder as I go forward as a preacher. It is also my last full day in Southern California. Tomorrow I will begin the journey back east. In some ways I am anxious to return home but it will also be hard to leave this beautiful part of the country!
I pray today that you will be blessed with the richness of God’s presence, wherever you are, wherever you go and in whatever you do. May you find the gift of joy within you and may it energize your living of life today. And may you know the strength, the joy and in the hope of God’s love as you live this day!
My friends stay well and have a great day! Please know as always you are in my prayers and may you always know that you are truly a gift. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Take, Lord, and receive all our liberty, our memory, our understanding, and our entire will, all we have and call our own. You have given all to us. To you, Lord, we return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give us only your love and your grace that is enough for us. (Adapted from St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Prayer)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Wednesday blessings and greetings to all! I feel like a broken record but it is another beautiful day in Southern California. However, having beautiful days a times can have a price. Southern California fines itself in the midst of another drought. It is nice to have sunny days, but rain is also important. I hope your day has started off well and in a life-giving way!
Today we continue our Passionist Preaching Convocation and I must say it has been a wonderful experience so far. The days are full and enlivening. I am looking forward to what this day will bring.
My blessing prayer this morning is that each of you will encounter the richness of God’s blessings today! That you all will find today rich in the presence, joy, hope and love of God. That each encounter you have and journey you make will add another piece of the mystery of God to your life. And that you all may be alive with the joyful grace of God’s presence that will become the gift of you to the world today!
Have a great Wednesday everyone! May this day be one of many blessings for you and those who are important in your life! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, create in us an ever-growing faith, with hearts open and centered in you. Awaken within us the fire of your Spirit, so that your love may fill us more fully, and flow throughout our lives.
Increase within us a desire to reach out, to invite and to share, to welcome and accept. Awaken the faith of all your people, especially those who have grown distant from you, those ready to hear an invitation to the love you alone can bring.
Awaken us, loving God, to see the fullness of your grace and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Awakening Faith is a ministry of Paulist Evangelization Ministries)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Tuesday blessings and greetings to everyone! I find myself sitting in the foot hills of the San Gabriel Mountains looking west toward the Pacific Ocean. It is a hazy morning, but it looks to be another beautiful day though on the hot side! I hope the same is true by you minus the hot!
We began the Preachers Convocation last night and I am looking forward to the program for today. It is nice being with my Passionist brothers from the Western Province. Yesterday after I arrive I had a chance to visit the grave on my great uncle Fr. Hyacinth Cleary, C.P. He was a Passionist in the West Province and my father’s uncle, who he was named after. I always take the time to visit his grave when I visit our place here in Sierra Madre.
My prayer of blessing today is that your day will be rich in the grace and joy of the presence of God. That you will encounter the grace you need to navigate through this day successfully and peacefully. That you will be blessed with a joyful heart that you will share with everyone you meet and that you will encounter the presence of God throughout your day helping you to have the confidence that your presence in the world today is a gift to everyone you meet and to us all! Blessings upon all today and stay cool! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, strengthen us with the power to love through your Spirit in our inner most being. Fill our hearts with your presence and please do not leave us even when we seem to choose to go our own way. Help us to learn from our mistakes and missed opportunities so that we might grasp fully how wide and long and high and deep your love is for us. Above all, enable us to know this love that surpasses all knowledge so that we may share it with others. Amen!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!