Let us Pray

Here are some prayers that may be of help to you. They cover topics that affect msot of us.

Intercessions for Vocations for Morning Prayer

We pray fro those young men and women who
today will hear the call of Jesus and be willing to
respond ...
--Tough their hearts and minds, God that they
may give themselves in good and generous service to
the Church. God of creation, You challenge us each day to be
faithful to our commitment as friars minor ...
-- grant us the blessing of a generous response from
young men looking to serve You and Your Church.

Intercession for Vocations for Evening Prayer

Loving God, fill us with your spirit so that the fire of
our vocation may become a visible sign of the reign
of God.
-- inspiring young men to embrace a life of
prophetic witness and fraternity as friars minor. Lord Jesus, we thank you for the blessings of this day,
the blessings of our work, the gift of our brothers in
the province
-- open the hearts of young men to join us in
fraternity, blessing them with a courageous response
to Your invitation.

Prayer for Vocations

Used as conclusion for Prayers of the Faithful at Mass
God of creation,
in baptism you called us by name.

We praise you for your goodness,
We thank you for your gifts.
We ask you to strengthen us daily in our vocation
to live authentically the life of friars minor.

May your grace
inspire young men of faith and compassion
to join us in a life of prophetic witness and fraternity.

May we always be
a source of support and encouragement
for those discerning a religious vocation.
We off thse prayers through Christ our Lord.

Faithful Departed

We seem to give them back to You, O God,
Who gave them to us.
Yet, as You did not lose them in giving so we do not lose them by their return.
Life is eternal and love immortal and death is only a horizon,
and a horizon is nothing except the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further;
cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly;
draw us closer to Yourself that we may know ourselves
to be nearer to our loved ones who are with You.

In Thanksgiving

I kneel before Your holy image,
O most gracious Infant Jesus,
to offer You my fervent thanks
for the blessings You have
bestowed on me. I shall incessantly
praise Your ineffable mercy and
confess that You alone are my God,
my helper and my protector.
Henceforth my entire confidence shall
be placed in You! Everywhere
I will proclaim aloud Your mercy
and generosity, so that Your great
love and the great deeds which
You perform through this miraculous
image may be acknowledged by all.
May devotion to Your holy infancy
increase more and more in the
hearts of all Christians, and may all
who experience Your assistance
persevere with me in showing unceasing gratitude to Your holy infancy,
to which be praise and glory forever. Amen.

Prayer for Life

God of all goodness,
You have entrusted us with the
gift of life. Help us to appreciate
that gift from the first moments of
conception to the last breaths of
old age. Send your strength to all
those who defend the unborn, the
weak, and the dying against
attempts to cut short their lives.
May your Holy Spirit touch the
hearts of those who are tempted to
choose the way of death rather
than life. Grant that your people
may always be a sign of your
love in the world. Amen.

Prayer for Healing

Lord, You invite all. Touch my mind with Your
wisdom, and may my
mouth always proclaim Your
Teach me to reach out to You in
my need, and help me to lead
others to You by my example.
Most loving Heart of Jesus,
bring me health in body and
spirit that I may serve You
with all my strength.
Touch gently this life
which You have created,
now and forever. Amen.

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness joy.

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.

For it is giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Prayer for Emplyment

O Jesus,
Son of God and Son of Mary,
your Sacred Heart is
an ocean of mercy , of goodness,
of love toward all
but especially for the poor
and needy.
You were born in poverty.
You labored with your own
hands, you sanctified
toil by choosing it for your own life.
O Loving Heart of Jesus please
hear my prayer for
employment and in your
Mother's name grant
my request. Amen.