Today’s Blessing Prayer: Tuesday greetings and blessings to on this last day of 2019. I hope your last day of 2019 has started well.
I begin this day thankful for the year that has passed but happy and excited to bring in a New Year. I pray all of you are where you need and want to be and that you will get a chance to celebrate with family and/or friends tonight. If you need to travel, please travel safe. If you are going to be out and about at, around or after midnight, please be safe!
I offer a simple blessing on this last day of 2019 - O Loving God, hear our prayers today as we pray in thanksgiving for the year that has just past and with hope for the year we are about to begin. Bless us with the grace of wisdom that we have gathered over this last year and help us during the coming year to soften the hearts of all so that we may always know your friendship. Grant peace and prosperity to your people bless each of us today and always with your love. Amen! May all of us encounter God’s mercy, peace, hope and many new dreams in 2020. See you next year! Peace in Christ’s Passion...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: I thought Thomas Merton’s prayer would be a good end of the year prayer for all of us 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, I will 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)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Monday greetings and blessings to all. I hope your day is starting off well.
As we come closer to the end of 2019 my prayer of blessing is a simple one…May God bless all of us today with the peace and consolation of his grace and love as we journey through this day and life. May we all find the mercy, comfort, support, joy, hope and love we need to be the gift that God has created us to be this day and always! Have a great Monday everyone. God’s blessings to all. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God, grant us the grace and a portion of your Holy Spirit of Trust that we may so live as to give others cause to be thankful today and always. Thankful because we have not forgotten how to hope, how to laugh, how to say, “I am sorry,” how to forgive, how to bind wounds, how to dream, how to cry, how to pray, how to love when it is hard, and how to love when it is dangerous.
Open us with freedom’s songs, O God, that from us – praise may flow more easily than wants, thanks more readily than complaints, trust more abundantly than anxiety.
Praise be to you, God of life, praise be to you for another chance to live with gratitude this day and always! Amen.
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Sunday greetings and blessings to all and welcome to the Feast of the Holy Family. I hope your Sunday has started off well. Perhaps you are still in Christmas mode! I do hope you will be giving a little time to God today.
We are celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family and if you are with family today, I hope you will take the time to enjoy the gift of their presence. I ran across a Prayer of Thanksgiving a few years ago and it seems like a good prayer to use today for our Daily Blessing. So, for all families and for all of you I ask God’s blessing today as I pray…
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace: We thank you for the gift of life: for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.
We thank you for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder, for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.
We thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our becoming, for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst, for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, for children who lighten our moments with delight, for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.
We thank you for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved, for your grace and one more experience of your presence, for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.
For these and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Blessings upon all families today and may we all have a blessed and holy Sunday and for you and your family may it be a special one. Peace in the Holy Family...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth may families never again experience violence, rejection, and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth make us mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.
(Prayer by Pope Francis to the Holy Family)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Saturday greetings and blessings to all. I hope this finds you well and enjoying this Saturday morning in the midst of our journey between Christmas and New Year’s.
Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents and so our focus is on children. May our blessing today not only be upon us but also upon all children especially those who are most vulnerable, those just conceived, those in their mother’s womb and those who have just come into the world…Loving Jesus, through the spirits of the Holy Innocents, we ask your blessing upon us and upon all your children especially those in most need of your blessing this day.
You once embraced the little children who came to you, and said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these!" Look now with loving eyes on the innocence of all your children and those who love them, and bless us all this day that we may never forget the gift of life, the gift of children and their closeness to you.
Jesus in your grace and goodness let us live life continually, longing for you and loving you. Then we will surely come to our eternal home, through you, our Savior. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen! Blessings upon all children, upon all mothers and fathers and upon all of us today and always. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving Jesus, you once said unless we become like children we cannot enter your Kingdom. So, we pause in prayer today to honor your most Holy Innocents and we call upon you through the intercession of these loving spirits to help us on our journey of life to the Kingdom and so we pray – Angels of God, our guardians so dear, to whom God's love entrusts us here; ever this day, be at our sides to light, to guard to rule and guide. Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Friday greetings and blessings in the midst of Christmas week my friends. I hope this finds you well today and ready to enjoy a new day.
We find ourselves in the midst of the Octave of Christmas which means at least in a liturgical sense today is Christmas once again. So, in the spirit of Christmas I offer you my prayers and a blessing today – May the spirit of Christmas bring us peace – The joy and gladness of Christmas give us hope – May the warmth of Christmas grant us love. Christmas blessings to all today and in the spirit of St. John may our feet be swift today, so we can get through this day quickly and safely! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, may your love make us what we have been called to be this day – your beloved. Amen!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!