“Our Lord has created persons for all states of life, and in all of them we see people who have achieved sanctity by fulfilling their obligations well.”
~ a quote from St. Anthony Mary Claret apropos to the life of St. Virgil.
“O Blessed St. Berward, you who faithfully led your flock for many years and were gifted with many spiritual gifts and temporal talents, through your intercession we pray that we may use our gifts and talents to glorify the Lord always. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.”
~ Prayer to St. Bernward
“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms or human industries, but on Jesus alone.”
~ St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
“O Blessed St. Leonard, you who ministered to prisoners during your lifetime, hear and bless our prayer for those men and women in prison today. Through your intercession, help them to find repentance and see God’s forgiveness. Give them and their families the gifts of home and patience in their trials. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
~ Prayer to St. Leonard of Noblac
“The best way to show gratitude to God and to others is to accept everything with joy. One day, people brought us a man from the streets. After we had washed him and given him a ticket to St. Peter, he said, ‘Sisters, I am going to God.’ That is joy.”
~ Saint Theresa of Calcutta
- Do I accept everything with joy, even hardships? Why or why not?
- In what ways can my joyful actions lead others to God?
- In what ways can I be like the man from the streets, accepting others’ joy and assistance in my own life so that I can go to God?
Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East
That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.
From the USCCB website: https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/the-popes-monthly-intention.cfm