Friends today is the 49th Anniversary of Thomas Merton's death. To honor him I would like to offer you his very familiar prayer as a gift to you today...
“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 that 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 I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though 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.” (Thomas Merton - Thoughts in Solitude)
Have a blessed and holy Sunday everyone! - Fr. Paul
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Happy Second Sunday of Advent everyone! I hope your Sunday is starting off well.
My prayer of blessing today – Loving God, you have promised us the gift of eternity, a gift beyond our comprehension. Help us this day and always to appreciate the moments, the people, the experiences that make up our daily lives. Help us to pause and spend our time in ways that celebrate our blessings,
Have a Great Second Sunday of Advent and don’t forget to give God a little time today and always. Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God of all searchers let no earthly undertaking hinder us as we journey in haste to meet you. May we learn the wisdom of heaven and always have the hope of your love! Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Saturday greetings and blessing to all. I hope your Saturday has gotten off to a good start. We are waiting for the snow to start here in Pelham. The skies are cloudy but no snow yet!
My prayer of blessing today is that you are not too busy on this first Saturday of Advent and that you will have a few moments today to relax and just enjoy the gift of Advent, the gift of family, the gift of friends or even the gift of solitude! May God bless you today and always – in the words of Isaiah that we will hear a little later in Advent – with the strength to run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint and that you may soar through this day on eagles’ wings as people of faith who hope in God with strength renewed! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Look on us, loving Jesus, and let all the darkness of our hearts disappear before the beams of your brightness. Fill us with your holy joy and love, open to us the treasures of your timeless wisdom. You know our desires, so bring to perfection what you have started and what the Holy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer. Amen. (Adapted from a prayer by St. Augustine of Hippo)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Friday greetings and blessings to all on this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary! I hope your Friday has started off well with a lot of energy and spirit. I will celebrate mass later this morning at the Wartburg Home. I look forward to sharing the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with my friends there. I hope you will give God and Mary a little time today!
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is the Patronal Feast Day of the United States, so we pray through Mary today asking for a sense of calm and peace at this point in our journey of life as a nation and a world. Through the gentleness and strength of Mary may we come to see each other as the good people God has created us to be and work together for justice and peace for all.
My prayer of blessing for all us today is – Loving Mary, one who said yes to the giver of all good gifts, intercede for us today so that God will bless us with hearts that love, so that by deepening our sense of respect and reverence for you, for God we may nurture within ourselves and others only what is good. May God bless us with a watchful care throughout this day so that wherever we go and whatever we do it will be for, in and through God. May God’s blessing bring us home safe to those we love that we might celebrate the gift of family, of friendship, of community, of joy and love so that our sleep will be restful, and we will be energized to welcome you tomorrow! Blessings upon everyone as you journey through this Friday! Let us live this day in the spirit of Mary’s “yes!” Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Mary we pray your prayer today with the hope that we to will always say yes to God - My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers and mothers, to Abraham and Sarah and to his offspring forever. - Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Thursday greetings and blessings to all! It is a travel day for me. In a few moments I will make the drive from Melbourne to Orlando in order to catch my flight back to New York this morning. It has been a wonderful mission and time here at Our Lady of Lourdes. I hope when you read this your Thursday will have gotten off to a good start.
My prayer of blessing today is once again a simple one drawn from a prayer by St. Teresa of Avila – Loving God bless us today with the grace to always allow ourselves to be guided by you and to always follow your plans for us. May we accomplish those plans with your grace. Grant that in all things great and small, today and every day we will do whatever you ask of us with joy and love. Loving God bless us with the strength and grace that your will, will be done by us, in us and through us. Amen! Blessings to all and have a great Thursday everyone! Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God, stir up your power and come. Help us with your mighty strength, your mercy and your grace to stand firm amid the storms of life. Bless us today with a strong foundation so that when the floods come, the winds blow and the rain falls we will have shelter and strength in your love! Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Wednesday greetings and blessings to all. I hope your day has started off well.
We begin our third and final day of mission today. Yesterday’s gatherings went very well. There is a wonderful spirit here at Our Lady of Lourdes. I pray that our final day together will be blessed also. Please continue to keep the faith community here at Our Lady of Lourdes in your prayers and if you have the chance please say a little prayer for the preacher too!
My prayer of blessing for all of you today is taken from a prayer by St. Teresa of Avila – May God bless us with the grace to allow ourselves to be guided by God, to always follow God’s plans, not ours, to always accomplish God’s holy will through the living of our lives. May God bless us with the grace that in all things, great and small, today and all days of our lives, we may do whatever God asks of us. May we always respond to the slightest prompting of God’s grace so that we will be God’s trustworthy instruments of peace, joy, mercy and love. May God’s will be done in time and eternity by us, in us and through us – Amen!
Have a great Wednesday everyone. Many blessings upon you and all whom you meet today and on whatever you do, wherever you are! Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul