Today’s Blessing Prayer: Monday greetings and blessings to all. I hope this finds you well and off to a good start on this Monday.
Today is the 50th Anniversary of the death of Thomas Merton (Fr. Louis). I am most grateful for the gift of his life in my own journey of faith. I am grateful for the time that I have spent with the Trappists at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky. May Thomas Merton continue to be a gift to me, to the Church and to all people!
My prayer of blessing today is – Loving God, through the gift of your presence during this new day in our lives help us as we walk amid passing things to always love the things of heaven and hold fast to what endures. Bless us all with your gift of hope that we may bring your presence to whomever we meet and to every place we go! Amen!
Have a grace filled Monday everyone. Blessings on all journeys, all work and all friendships today! Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God of power and mercy, open our hearts to welcome friends on this holy journey. Help us remove what hinders the way so that we may bring others and ourselves into your forgiving and healing presence. Bring our deserts to life. Open our eyes, our ears, our mouths and enable to leap with joy along the highway to you our God! Amen!
Prayer II: 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, will I 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. (Prayer by Thomas Merton)
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Sunday greetings and blessings to all and happy Second Sunday of Advent. I find myself getting ready to head to the parish of St. John and St. Mary in Chappaqua, NY to celebrate the noon mass. I hope your Sunday is starting off well.
It looks to be another clear but cold day here in New York. So far, we are avoiding the bad weather that seems to be hitting parts of the country these days. However, I believe we are in for some ugly weather at some point during this new week. I hope you are surviving these December days!
May God’s blessings be upon our journeys, our family time, our projects, our TV watching, and our encounters with others today and may we find hope and peace in our living of life today. May the Prince of Peace find within us the desire for love, respect, hope, joy and peace and bless us with these gifts today and always.
Have a Great Second Sunday of Advent and don’t forget to give God a little time today. Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God of all searchers let no earthly undertaking hinder us as we journey in haste to meet you. May we learn the wisdom of heaven and always have the hope and joy of your mercy and love! Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Saturday greetings and blessings to all on this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary! I hope your Saturday has started off well with a lot of energy and spirit.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is the Patronal Feast Day of the United States, so we pray through Mary today asking for a sense of calm and peace at a difficult time in our history. Through the gentleness and strength of Mary may we come to see each other as the good people God has created us to be and work together for justice and peace for all.
My prayer of blessing for all us today is – Loving Mary, one who said yes to the giver of all good gifts, intercede for us today so that God will bless us with hearts that love, so that by deepening our sense of respect and reverence for you, for God we may nurture within ourselves and others only what is good. May God bless us with a watchful care throughout this day so that wherever we go and whatever we do it will be for, in and through God. May God’s blessing bring us home safe to those we love that we might celebrate the gift of family, of friendship, of community, of joy and love so that our sleep will be restful, and we will be energized to welcome you tomorrow! Blessings upon everyone as you journey through this day! Let us live this day in the spirit of Mary’s “yes!” Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: Mary we pray your prayer today with the hope that we to will always say yes to God - My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers and mothers, to Abraham and Sarah and to his offspring forever. - Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Friday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your day has started well? It looks to be a nice sunny day here in Pelham though I am guessing it will be on the cold side. I hope your day will be blessed with weather that enlivens your journey through the day.
We also remember the events of 1941 today. We remember all who lost their lives in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A day the continues to live in infamy. May we truly someday beat our guns and bombs into tools of life and women and men will not have to train for war ever again. Perhaps a naive thought but we can always live in hope!
My prayer of blessing for all of us today is - Loving God, bless us this day with your eternal love, Jesus. Make us vigilant in hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our hearts to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming once again. May Christ be born in our hearts this day and may we always bring your gift of eternal love to all we meet. Bless us on this journey of Advent that we might be ready to celebrate the gift of Christmas once again. Blessings always...Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God, we believe help our moments of unbelief. Strengthen our hearts with a faith and can heal, hope, be joyful, love and proclaim the Good News! Amen!
Today’s Blessing Prayer: Thursday greetings and blessings to all! I hope your Thursday has gotten off to a good start.
My prayer of blessing today is once again a simple one drawn from a prayer by St. Teresa of Avila – Loving God bless us today with the grace to always allow ourselves to be guided by you and to always follow your plans for us. May we accomplish those plans with your grace. Grant that in all things great and small, today and every day we will do whatever you ask of us with joy and love. Loving God bless us with the strength and grace that your will, will be done by us, in us and through us. Amen! Blessings to all and have a great Thursday everyone! Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Today’s Prayer: O God, stir up your power and come. Help us with your mighty strength, your mercy and your grace to stand firm amid the storms of life. Bless us today with a strong foundation so that when the floods come, the winds blow, and the rain falls we will have shelter and strength in your love! Amen!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!