Today’s Blessing Prayer: Sunday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your Sunday has stared off well. A little later this morning here in Sierra Madre, CA at the Passionist Retreat Center we will bring the Married Couples Retreat to a close. I think it has been a good retreat for all. At least I have gotten some good feedback. I would ask you to continue to pray for the couples who have made the retreat and for their preacher.
After the retreat finishes, I will make my way back to the Orange County Airport to catch my 7:30 pm flight home. I will stop and change planes in Phoenix, AZ and hopefully I will be arriving in New York tomorrow around 6 am. It will make for a long afternoon, evening and night, but that is life on the road! All I hope for is happy and safe travels.
My prayer of blessing today is that wherever we are, whomever we are with or will encounter and whatever we are doing or will do - I prayer that we will be blessed with the grace, love and presence of God. May we always take some time to rest and enjoy life. May we remember to pause for a moment of prayer today and always. And may we enjoy our Sunday, by thinking positive thoughts, wearing a smile and trusting that God journeys with us! Blessings to all on our journey through this Sunday and when we reach evening may it be restful and peaceful! Don’t forget to give God a little time today after all it is Sunday! Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Your Son cared for the welfare of every person and went about doing good for all. Grant us the imagination and the resolution to create throughout the world a just and hopeful world for the human family. Make us agents of your compassion and mercy to the suffering, the persecuted and the oppressed. We pray this through the Spirit of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. (Adapted from a prayer from Norwich Cathedral in England)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Saturday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your Saturday has started off well? Our married couples retreat got off to a good start last night. There are 25 couples on retreat. Please offer a prayer for them as you go through you day that their day of retreat will be rich in God’s presence. Also, if you don’t mind saying an extra prayer could you offer one for their preacher!
My prayer of blessing today is that God will bless us all in our endeavors today and that life today and every day will be rich with the gift of God’s presence, a presence we will find in the world around us, in the people we meet and in ourselves. Have a great Saturday and a great weekend everyone! Don’t forget to get God a little time. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, helper of those who turn to you, light of those in the dark, creator of all that grows, promotor of all spiritual growth, have mercy on us. Make us temples fit for you. Do not scan our transgressions too closely, for if you are quick to notice our offenses, we will not dare to appear before you. In your great mercy, in your boundless compassion, wash away our sins, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen! (Adapted from an Early Christian Prayer)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Friday greetings and blessings to all! I hope you had a nice Valentine's Day yesterday and that your Friday is starting off well. Yesterday was a day of rain here in Southern California and today will be more of the same. Later this morning I will be leaving my place of respite along the Pacific Ocean and moving inland a little to Sierra Madre, CA and the Passionist Retreat Center located there. I will begin a Married Couples Retreat this evening. There will be 25 married couples on retreat so I will ask you to pray for them as they journey through this special weekend with me. I would also ask you to pray for their preacher this weekend too!
My prayer today is for God’s blessings upon all of us wherever we are, in whatever we will be doing and in whomever and whatever we will encounter today. I pray we will stay safe, warm, and have a great day. May we find the richness of God’s presence in our life today and always. Also, I pray that the end of this day will bring us to the beginning of a restful and enjoyable weekend. Blessings today and always! Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Almighty and ever-loving God, look with compassion on our humanness, on all our struggles and weaknesses. Strengthen us for the journey ahead. Give us the wisdom to follow your call. Enliven us with the grace to be repairers and restorers of your love. Help us to be people of hope and to bring that hope to all we meet. Amen!
Prayer of Love
If I speak in human and angelic tongues* but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is Love. Amen! (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Thursday greetings and blessings to all and Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your Thursday and Valentine’s Day is getting off to a good start. It is raining here in Southern California not making for a good day to walk the beach but perhaps it will make for a less fire filled summer. Into everyone’s life a little rain must fall!
I offer a special prayer of blessing for all of us today and I also remember those who have passed on who were such important teachers of love in our lives. I truly hope and pray that all of us will have a wonderful day gifted and blessed with many moments of love and many people we love! I also pray that God will bless us all in our endeavors today and that life today and every day will be rich with the gift of God’s love, a gift we will find in the world around us, in the people we meet and in ourselves. Have a great Thursday everyone! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!
Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to?
Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?
Please help me to gradually open my hands
and to discover that I am not what I own,
but what you want to give me.” (Henri J.M. Nouwen)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Wednesday greetings and blessings to all! I hope this finds you well and not struggling too much with weather or the stresses of life. We are expecting rain here in Southern California today. I know the northeastern part of the US, including the New York area, was hit hard with crazy weather yesterday I you’re your day is better.
My prayer of blessing is once again a simple I pray today for God’s blessing upon all of us and I pray in the hope everyone will have a great Wednesday. However, if our day has started slow, or disorganized, or in a panic, may we not worry, and may it all come together by day's end! If our day started with peace and purpose may these two graces, see us through to the end of the day! If our day started with struggle and tension may we find moments of peace and calm that sustain us through the day. If our day has started without God, may we let God find us so that we will not walk and work alone! And may Mary’s healing and loving presence be a blessing for us today too. Blessings to all! Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!