Today’s Blessing Prayer: Wednesday greetings and blessings to all! I hope the day has started off well where you are. If your day has not started off so well I truly pray that it will get better and that you will come to enjoy the gift of this day, because your presence makes this day a gift!
The sister’s retreat here in Manitowoc seems to be going well. The sisters on retreat seem to like it and they haven’t asked me to leave or thrown anything at me so I am thinking all is well. I once again ask that you offer a prayer for the sisters on retreat and if you could also include their preacher it would be greatly appreciated!
I pray today for God’s blessings upon all of you and your journey through this Wednesday. May the day be rich in experiences, in people, in smiles, in laughter, in fun, in love, in strength and in God’s grace, in joy and in peace. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Eternal and loving God, it is so easy for us to worship ourselves, to do things so that others see and think highly of us. If we live our life this way, forgive us. If we trust in our possessions, in our things, in our actions that are seen and, in the glory, that they bring us rather than in you, forgive us. Heal the fear, the doubt and the insecurity that may create faith in the wrong things. Restore a wholesome perspective that puts you at the center. We pray that through your grace you will help us to live life around the lasting values of humble prayer, cheerful service and our hope in you, our loving God. Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Tuesday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your morning has started off well and that this will be a good day for you in every way. We are beginning another rainy, cloudy day here in northeastern Wisconsin and I think clouds are to be with us most of the day though we might see some sun towards the end of the day. I hope your day is a little sunnier than ours!
As you take time to pause in prayer today I would ask you to remember the sisters that are on retreat here in Manitowoc and their preacher. It will be greatly appreciated.
I hope you are finding these closing days of spring enlivening and life giving. My prayer of blessing today is that your day will be rich with God’s blessings upon your work, your travel, your encounters with others, upon those whom you love and upon you! May you have a day filled with God's blessings that will help you to know the richness of God's love! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: God of all hope, renew in us today the courage to live life to its fullest. Help us to especially stand for and live out the values that Jesus taught us, humility, courage, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and love. Grace us with your wisdom to know how to best live our life in you. When opposition comes our way help us to not give in to fear and cowardice, help us not to strike back with violence and anger, help us not to react out of pride and judgment. Help us to be humble, prayerful people of faith, alive with hope and ready to offer your love. Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Monday greetings and blessings to all! I hope you had a great weekend and that your Monday is starting off well. It is a rainy morning here in Manitowoc, WI. Storms moved in during the night. Our retreat started last evening after dinner. There are 12 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity on retreat. There seems to be a good spirit and I am looking forward to the week. I would ask your prayers for the sisters who are on retreat this week and also for their preacher!
I would like to send a shout out to my brother, Jim, as he celebrates his birthday today. Have a great day and do something nice for yourself you deserve it. Happy Birthday Jim, and have a great day!
My prayer of blessing today is that this will be a good and productive day and week for you wherever you are and whatever you are and will be doing. May you find some time to enjoy the gift of God’s creation and may whatever challenges you face be solved quickly and in a positive life-giving way. Enjoy your day and blessings to all! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for wanting to enter our lives. Help us to let go of the things we think are so important, yet they always seem to stand in the way of your presence in our lives. Grace us with the strength to open the door of our hearts today, so that as we ask you to come in nothing will stand in the way of our love for you. We want you to make our hearts your home, today and always. Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Sunday greetings and blessings to all and Happy Father’s Day to all fathers! It looks to be beautiful day here in Manitowoc, WI. I am making my final preparations for mass which will be at 10:20 this morning. It will be the community mass for all the sisters here at Holy Family. I arrived here yesterday afternoon and I will be here giving a retreat beginning this evening until next Saturday. If you have a chance throughout the week to say a little prayer for the sisters and their preacher it would be greatly appreciated!
I hope your Sunday is a little less busy than mine. I hope you will get a chance to enjoy the gift of this day in some way that will renew and refresh you. And please remember to give God a little time today.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers who check into my reflections from time to time. I would like to remember my own father today in a specially way. He has been gone physically many years now, but he is always with me in a spiritual sense. I greatly appreciate his spirit in my life and may his everlasting spirit continue to guide and love me!
My prayer of blessing today is that you will be blessed with the spirit of faith to help you on this journey of life. May you be blessed with the spirit of hope to get you through the rough times. May you be blessed with the spirit of love to remind you in whose image and likeness you are created in, how special you are and that you are never alone. As you journey through this day may you know that Jesus is with you always and will never leave you to face your struggles alone! Father’s Day blessings to all fathers and Sunday blessings to all! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Perhaps on Father’s Day our prayer should simply be –
Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Saturday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your Saturday is off and running or walking or resting in a good way. It looks to be a sunny and very pleasant day here in Youngstown, Ohio but I will not be here very long as I continue my journey to Wisconsin.
My prayer of blessing today is that God will bless your Saturday with joy, energy, fun, rest, relaxation and peace. If you are traveling today, like me, may God bless you with safe travels. If you are working today, may God bless you with the energy to work quickly and productively. And if you are just enjoying the gift of a Saturday may God bless your day with family, friends, smiles, laughter and love! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: God of all life, there are days when the burdens we carry weigh heavy on our shoulders and wear us down; when roads seem long, dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost courage. Bless us on these days with a path flooded with your light and hope, turn our eyes to where the skies are blue and full of promise, grace our feet with the energy that will bring us home, and life the burdens from our shoulders so that we may embrace life with joy and love! Amen! (Adapted from a prayer by St. Augustine of Hippo)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!