Dear Lord, please help me to slow down. In a world where hurrying is the norm, teach me to wait. I know that You have the best for me; I want to be willing to wait for things in Your time.
A candle's but a simple thing. It starts with just a bit of string. But dipped and dipped with patient hand. It gathers wax upon the strand until complete and snowy white it gives at last a lovely light. Life seems so like that bit of string, each deed we do a simple thing yet day by day if on life's strand, we work with patient heart and hand. It gathers joy, makes Dark days bright, and gives at last a lovely light.
Listen everyone, God is the one whom I will follow. If you know this, how can you expect me to allow others to knock me down and rob me of my hope? God stays in place, with all of heaven keeping watch. God looks over us all, deciding who is good and who is sinful. What God wants for us is justice, for God is just. If we follow the way of God, we will see God.
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your souls, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Before a Test:
Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion.
- St. Thomas Aquinas
Prayer for the Future:
Lord, open my heart to know Your will in my life. When I am scared to ask, give me courage. When I think I know what You want, give me confirmation. When i do not like the answer, give me trust. When i cannot hear Your voice, give me ears to hear. However You want me to serve You, Lord, I want to say yes. Give me the heart to discern and the conviction to say yes so that I might serve Your Church and those I meet all the days of my life. And Lord, help me to have true joy in whatever You ask of me.
Prayer for Friends who are making bad decisions:
Heavenly Father, I know You care about my friends even more than i care about them. Please guide and protect any of my friends who are making choices that lead them away from You, especially _________. Convict them with Your truth, and reveal Your love to them so that they will turn to You for guidance. Help me to be a good friend right now and be loving and not judgmental. Give me the right words to say to my friends so that they understand I want what's best for them, just as You do.
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.