Today’s Blessing Prayer: Thursday greetings and blessings to everyone! I hope this finds you well and enjoying the beginning of a new day. If that is too optimistic for you, I hope this finds you well and beginning a new day with the hope of a good day or at least a day that will get better than this moment!
Our mission here at St. Raphael – Holy Angels Parish had a very interesting ending last evening. My closing mission service had eight people. I started the service with only three but we picked up five more people five minutes into the service. The morning session had twenty people. At least I can say I did not let a nor’easter stop my preaching!
In a few minutes I will be on the road headed back to Pelham. I didn’t want to chance a drive home last night in the storm, so I am heading out early this morning. I need to be back by 10:30 am because I have a mass this morning in Mount Vernon at the Wartburg Home at 11:00 am. No rest for the weary!
My prayer of blessing today is that God will bless you with a day rich in faith, alive with hope and one that will embrace you throughout the day with God’s love. May God bless you with safe travels, with life-giving encounters, with an abundance of energy and with the richness of people who love you! Have a blessed Thursday everyone! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, my faithful companion, as we live in your hope, we commit ourselves today: to live deeply, with purpose, to live freely, with detachment, to live wisely, with humility, to live justly, with compassion, to live lovingly, with fidelity, to live mindfully, with awareness, to live gratefully, with generosity, to live hopefully, with enthusiasm and joy, to live fully, in your love. Help us to hold this vision and to renew it each day in our hearts, becoming ever more one with you, our truest self. Amen.
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Wednesday greetings and blessings to all. I hope as you read this that your Wednesday is or has started off well. With darkness still the order of the morning I am unsure what this day will bring weather wise. It is not raining or snowing at the moment but the experts say it will snow heavy throughout the day starting at any moment which doesn’t bode well for the closing day and evening of the mission. Right now it is wait and see.
I hope and pray your day will not be too busy and that you get a little chance to just enjoy the gift of this day in some unique and life-giving way.
My prayer of blessing as I await the rising of the sun this morning or the coming of the snow is that we may all encounter many good people today and have may good experiences that will be rich in the presence of God. I pray that God will bless us all with the grace to see, feel and experience the goodness and joy of life in what we do today, in who we meet and perhaps most importantly in ourselves as we live this day. May our day be rich in God’s blessings! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God of compassion, touch our hearts this day with the spirit of your truth. Grace us with strength so that we might stand in the midst of the fire of life with a faith based in your Word, a hope enlivened by your truth and freedom grounded in your love. Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Tuesday greetings and blessings to all. I hope your day is getting off to a good start. As the sun is not up yet I am not sure what this day will bring weather wise yet. They say another nor’easter is on its way. One day at a time!
We had a good beginning to the mission here at St. Raphael – Holy Angels Parish yesterday both in the morning and the evening. The community is enthusiastic and spirit filled which is what is most important. So please continue to keep the faith community of St. Raphael – Holy Angels in your prayers and if you have the time please offer a short prayer for their preacher!
I pray that your day will be truly blessed with many good things and many encounters with God’s grace. If it hasn’t been a good start to the day I pray that your day will only get better and become rich in the presence of God.
May you have a faith filled day with many blessings and much peace. As always you are in my prayers. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
We put between us and all evil, the Passion of Jesus Christ.
We put between us and all struggle, the Passion of Jesus Christ.
We put between us and all disappointment, the Passion of Jesus Christ.
We put between us and all loss, the Passion of Jesus Christ.
We put between us and all weakness, the Passion of Jesus Christ.
We put between us and all sinfulness, the Passion of Jesus Christ.
We put between us and all violence, the Passion of Jesus Christ.
We put between us and death, the Passion of Jesus Christ.
May the Passion of Jesus Christ Be Always in Our Hearts...Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Happy Feast of St. Joseph and Monday greetings to all. I hope your day has started off well and that you are looking forward to a productive and life-giving day.
Yesterday was a long day but a good one and in an hour or so I will head over to the church for the 7:30 am mass which will be followed by the opening of the mission here at St. Raphael – Holy Angels Parish. Please keep the faith community of St. Raphael – Holy Angels Paris in your prayers today and if you could say a little extra prayer for their preacher it would be greatly appreciated!
My prayer of blessing today is that through the intercession of St. Joseph, all of us will remain focused on our faith, on our relationship with God and on all the wonderful things God has done for us. May we never give in to hopelessness and look elsewhere to a god the world creates. Many blessings to all today, success in your endeavors, safety in your travels and may you have many experiences of God’s presence throughout the day! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, we honor your faithful servant, St. Joseph today. Help us with your grace to be your faith filled servants too. Enable us to be compassionate like Joseph to those around us. Give us the wisdom of Joseph so that we to will see your plan in every aspect of our lives. Gift us with a love like Joseph so that we to can make a difference with our lives. Touch us with the joy of Joseph so that we will always find the gift of God’s presence in everything we do. Good St. Joseph pray for us and watch over us. Help us to always find the value of family life no matter how difficult the world makes it. Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Sunday greetings and blessings to all! I hope you had a nice St. Patrick’s Day yesterday that is if you celebrate St. Patrick. It is a cold morning here in Hamilton, NJ. I made it here yesterday afternoon and we had a nice beginning to the mission as I preached the Saturday evening mass. Today will be a full morning of masses and then a little break until the 5:00 pm Life Teen mass this evening. I am looking forward to these next few days as the community seem spirit filled and excited about the mission. I am hoping and praying we don't have to deal with another nor'easter on Tuesday and Wednesday!
Please pray for the faith community here at St. Raphael – Holy Angels Parish and also for their preacher!
I ask God’s blessing on all of us that we journey through this Fifth Sunday of Lent that it may be a peaceful, restful and life-giving day. May God bless us with the richness of family, friends, and a day touched by God’s loving presence. May God bless all of us as we ready ourselves to begin a new work week. May the week ahead be one that runs smoothly and peacefully with many graced moments! Have a wonderful graced filled day everyone! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen! (Prayer Associated with St. Francis of Assisi)