This prayer is for those who feel the burden of our times, which includes our Sisters and Nuns. It was shared by Fr. Mike, formerly the priest at Saints Cornelius & Cyprian Church, a small parish in farm country where I occasionally attend daily Mass.
O God, we pray this day: for all who have a song they cannot sing, for all who have a burden they cannot bear, for all who live in chains they cannot break, for all who wander homeless and cannot return, for those who are sick and for those who tend them, for those who wait for loved ones and wait in vain, for those who live in hunger and for those who will not share their bread, for those who are misunderstood and for those who misunderstand, for those who are captives and for those who are captors, for those whose words of love are locked within their hearts and for those who yearn to hear those words. Have mercy upon these, O God, have mercy upon us all.
~Ann Weems, in Nancy Corcoran, SSJ, Secrets of Prayer.
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Blessed Virgin Mary, pray with us this day for our Sisters and Nuns. In the face of unending need, let them not be discouraged but always serve with joy. Let their hearts, so often moved with pity, always reveal their devotion to your Son. May their faith in Him help them to persevere through seemingly insurmountable tasks. Guide them Mother, encourage them in their desire to love, as God loves, in a world that often does not love back. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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Blessed Mother Mary, hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns that they seek God with a calm, unceasing movement, directing their whole lives into one single course towards Him.
Strengthen them in unwavering faith in the face of evil.
Let their longing for God envelope and dominate all of who they are, in their service to others, as representatives of Eternal Love.
We ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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O Immaculate Virgin, help remove from the hearts of our holy women any reluctance to giving themselves fully to God.
Keep them from being immersed in the things of earth. Teach them how pure their hearts ought to be, so that they will never refuse anything to the Lord, and will always be able to repeat with you their sweet, prompt fiat.
Illumine their minds, then, with the light which emanates from your resplendent purity, so that no attachment, no earthly affection may remain hidden in them to prevent their leading a life truly and fully consecrated to God. They have entrusted, in a very special way, a vow of chastity; guard it and make it pure, not only in body, but also in mind and heart.
With your help, O Mother most holy, let their heart belong wholly to God. Amen.
(Adapted from Divine Intimacy, p.29)
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September 17 is the day to find out what books our Sisters and Nuns would like to read, and then buy it for her!
So go ahead and ask them what they want. Ask for the convent’s wish list. Maybe they’d like recorded books or eBooks.
Once you find out, go and buy the book and ship it to her. If she’s close enough to hand deliver, why not take her (them) out for a beer too!
Love all the Nuns! Buy ’em a book…or two!
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