Today’s Blessing Prayer: Friday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your day has started off well and will only get better. It is a cloudy morning here in New York and temperature is only to be in the 70’s today. It feels a little cooler but the humidity is still with us. Perhaps that too will break when the rain comes through. May you day be a little sunnier than mine!
My prayer of blessing for all of us today is that as we get ready to move on this last day of August into the busyness of September, that God will bless us with some time to pause and take into account our blessings, our gifts. The hopelessness of violence, anger and negativity seem to be all around us but as I have often learned if I pause and take some time away from the busyness of life I many times encounter God’s gifts in very real and wonderful ways. God’s presence is all around us, we just have to not let the noise of the world distract us from God. May God bless us with the gift of his presence today is some small way so that we know we are loved and not alone!
Have a great Friday everyone and please know as always you are in my prayers! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, you have called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony and yet we are divided. O Lord, break down the walls that separate us, tear down the fences of indifference and hatred, forgive us the sins that divide us, free us from pride and self-seeking, help us overcome our prejudices and fears, give us courage to open ourselves to others; by the power of your Holy Spirit, make us one. Amen (Adapted from a prayer by the World Council of Churches – 1983)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Thursday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your day is starting off well. We face one more day of hot and humid weather here in the New York area. They say it will break tomorrow with some rain and cooler temps. It is still summer If the weather is nicer by you today hope you are getting a chance to enjoy it in some way.
My prayer of blessing for all you today is that our Loving God, the giver of all good gifts, will bless you today with hearts that love you, so that by deepening your sense of respect and reverence for yourself you may nurture within yourselves and others only what is good. May God bless you with a watchful care throughout this day so that wherever you go and whatever you do it will be in, and through and with God. May God bring you home safe to those you love that you might celebrate the gift of family, of friendship, of community, of your love so that your sleep will be restful, and you will be energized to welcome tomorrow! May God bless your journey through this day! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: I pray, most gentle Jesus, deliver me from all evils, past, present, and to come. Give me a lively faith, a firm hope, and perfect charity, so that I may love you with all my heart, and all my soul, and all my strength. Make me steadfast in good works and grant me perseverance in your service, so that I may please you always. Amen (Prayer by St. Clare of Assisi)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Wednesday greetings and blessings to all! It is going to be another hot one here in the east. If you live in the area please be careful today. There was a story on the news last night of a 12 year old who died because she we left in a car. I think she may have fallen asleep. It does not take long for car to heat up in this weather. It doesn’t take long for people to over-heat in this weather so be careful!
I hope your day has started off well and that you have been gifted at least by nature with a beautiful day!
I pray for God’s blessings upon all of you today that your day will be filled with many positives and that the negatives will only be fleeting moments. May the richness of God’s grace and blessings be upon all you, upon everyone you meet and upon everyone you love! May there be many words, signs and people of encouragement in your life today! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Grant us, O God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, the wisdom to find you, behavior pleasing to you, faithful diligence in waiting for you, and the hope of finally embracing you. Amen. (Adapted from a prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Tuesday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your Tuesday has started off well and if you live here in the east I hope you are ready for some heat and humidity today! Oh, the late days of August.
I would like to send a shout out to the School Sisters of Notre Dame in the African Province. Today is the 7th Anniversary of the beginning of their province. It is an alive and growing province and I would just like to say happy anniversary, many blessings today and into the future. May the spirit of St. Augustine energize and enliven the ministry, the work and the lives of all who call themselves School Sisters of Notre Dame and who serve the people of Africa!
As I said above, I hope your day has started off well and that you are getting a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature where you are today! My prayer of blessing for all today is that our Loving God, the giver of all good gifts, will bless you today with hearts that love you, so that by deepening your sense of respect and reverence for yourself you may nurture within yourselves and others only what is good. May God bless you with a watchful care throughout this day so that wherever you go and whatever you do it will be in, and through and with God. May God bring you home safe to those you love that you might celebrate the gift of family, of friendship, of community, of your love so that your sleep will be restful, and you will be energized to welcome tomorrow! May God bless you with the spirit of St. Augustine as you journey through this day! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God, to know you is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise you is the soul's joy and delight. Guard us with the power of Your grace here and in all places. Now and at all times, forever. Amen. (Adapted from a prayer by St. Augustine)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Monday greetings to all! I hope this finds you well today and rested from a weekend that was blessed by some down time. I hope you were able to give God a little time over the weekend. My weekend was a bit unusual, but it was life-giving and blessed by God’s presence.
In a little while I will head out to the doctor for my yearly physical. I don’t expect any issues or problems, but you never know. The weather is changing again here in the east. The high 90’s and high humidity are on there way back and certainly as I was going to bed last night I could feel the humidity. I hope the weather is a little better by you these days.
In the spirit of St. Monica whom we honor today a shout out to all mothers that the gift of St. Monica’s spirit will be with you throughout your journey as mothers. And a prayer of thanks to all mothers, both living a deceased for their strength, courage, faithfulness and love!
I pray that God will bless all of us on this Monday. For some it is the beginning of a new school year, for others it is the beginning of a new work week, for others it may be the first or last week of vacation and for still others it might be the last day of this life. May God’s blessing be upon us wherever we find ourselves. May God bless us with the grace we need to live this day and in living this day may we bring God’s presence to all we meet! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Loving God, we pray today through the intercession of St. Monica for all mothers, grant them the grace to appreciate the dignity, grace and blessing which you have given them as mothers. Help them to realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with the privilege to share in your creative miracle of bringing new life into the world. Bless all mothers today and help them to be good, faithful, caring, nurturing and strong after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the grace of Jesus’ love and the intercession Mary and Monica we ask your continued blessings upon all families. Let mothers and fathers be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!