Today’s Blessing Prayer: Thursday blessings and greetings to all! It will be a busy day for me as I will spend most of the day at our house in Jamaica setting up for the Sunday Mass Taping Day tomorrow. It is supposed to be a beautiful fall day in this neck of the woods and I hope the same is true for you!
My prayer of blessing for all of you today is that wherever you are, whomever you are with and whatever you are doing today may you, your endeavors, your companions, and your living of life be blessed with the richness, grace and love of God’s presence! Have a great Thursday everyone. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Almighty God, you inspired your servant Luke the Evangelist and Physician to set forth in the gospel the love and the healing power of your Son. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, he also showed the divinity of Jesus and his genuine compassion for all human beings.
May St. Luke intercede for us that we may deepen our understanding of the gospel and grow in compassion of Jesus. May his intercession enable us to follow your way and bring your healing and loving presents to all we meet this day and always. Amen.
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Wednesday greetings and blessings to all. I hope your day is starting off well and that as you wander through it you will be blessed in a life-giving way. I pray your day will be filled with many good experiences and a people. If it is not, then trust in who you are and that even though life and people might seem like a struggle you are making the day a good day for anyone who encounters you!
My friends my God’s blessing be with you today and always. May the richness of who you are as a person created in the image and likeness of God touch the lives of all you meet. May you bring God’s presence to every experience and each moment of this day. May the world you journey through be a better place because of you today. And at the end of the day may you smile with the tired satisfaction that because of you today was a good day! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Christ has no body but ours, no hands, no feet on earth but ours, ours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world, ours are the feet with which he walks to do good, ours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Ours are the hands, ours are the feet, ours are the eyes, we are his body. Christ has no body now but ours, no hands, no feet on earth but ours, ours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but ours. (Adapted from a prayer by St. Teresa of Avila)
Today’s Blessing Prayer:
Tuesday greetings and blessings to all. I hope your day is starting off well if not hang in there it will get better and if it doesn’t there is always tomorrow! Things are quiet and peaceful at home in the early morning. In little while I will be headed to The Sunday Mass Office but not before I enjoy the quiet of some prayer time here at home. I hope your day will give you a little peace and quiet also at some point!
Let us continue to pray for the Synod on Youth taking place in Rome these days. May the grace of God’s Holy Spirit be with all who are participating so that they will be a bridge for the Church into the future not a road block. I would also ask your prayers for the Passionist General Chapter taking place at our Generalate in Rome. May God’s Holy Spirit be with all who are participating to help our congregation vision for the future.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you wander through this day and I pray that God will bless you with all that you need to make it through this day. And so, I pray – May we be blessed with the grace and presence of God today. May the grace and presence of God be with us, in front of us, behind us, on our right and on our left, above our head, under our feet and in our heart. May everything, we do today be for and with God! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all good gifts, we thank you for the gift of life - for the breath that sustains us, for the food that nurtures us and 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 because it fills 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, for one more day to love, for the opportunity to work one more day for justice and peace, for neighbors, for 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, loving God. Amen.
(Adapted from Prayer of Thanksgiving on beliefnet.com)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Monday greetings to everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend, one that provide you with a little rest and relaxation or the company of family and good friends or the solitude and quiet of just being able to enjoy life or perhaps a little of all three. I also hope your Monday is starting out well and is be the beginning of a productive day.
It is the feast of St. Teresa of Avila today so may her wisdom, understanding, faith nd love guide and direct our day.
I would ask your continued prayers for the Synod on Youth taking place in Rome that God's Spirit of Wisdom will be upon all gathered. I would also ask your prayers for the Passionist General Chapter which is also taking place in Rome these days. May God's Spirit of Wisdom and Grace be with those participating in this special time for the Passionists.
I hope your week ahead will not be too busy and if you are facing busyness, struggles, challenges or uncertainly please know that you are in my prayers. Following the theme of the Gospel today my prayer of blessing for us all is that we, in the midst of our busy life are open to the many experiences of God that will touch our life today!
Loving God I ask your blessing upon us today that even though our lives are filled with many things, even though we are busy about many things, even though sometimes it is hard to know you are with us that you will gift us today with your grace to be aware of the many times, many ways and the many people that bring your presence to us. Help us to not miss the unexpected. Help us to be open to your mysterious ways. Bless us all as we live life today! Have a great Monday! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Loving God, let nothing upset us today, let nothing startle us today. All things pass – You do not change. Patience wins all it seeks. Whoever has You lacks nothing – You alone are enough. Amen! (Adapted from a poem by St. Teresa of Avila)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Sunday greetings and blessings to all! Again, I apologize for being a bit late with my reflections today, but once again I was being a little lazy this morning. I hope your Sunday has started off well and if your weather it like ours in the New York area that you are enjoying a beautiful fall day!
Earlier today in Rome seven new saints were canonized by Pope Francis and among them were St. Pope Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero. Let us call upon the spirit of all canonized today to be with us on our journey of faith.
My prayer of blessing today is that will bless our Sunday journey with a spirit of peace, joy, laughter, friends, family, love, hope and faith. May we enjoy the gift of creation that God places before us today and my we be thankful for God’s blessings and grace by offering God a little of our time today.
Have a blessed and holy Sunday everyone! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
A Future Not Our Own
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise
that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying
that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives
That is what we are about.
We plant a seed that will one day grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations
that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that.
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning,
a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace
to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
(This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, drafted for a homily by Cardinal John Dearden in Nov. 1979 for a celebration of departed priests. As a reflection on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Romero, Bishop Untener included in a reflection book a passage titled "The mystery of the Romero Prayer." The mystery is that the words of the prayer are attributed to Oscar Romero, but they were never spoken by him.)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!