Monthly Archives: December 2011


O Lord Jesus, I adore You, Son of Mary, my Saviour and my Brother, for You are God. I follow You in my thoughts, O firstfruits of our race, as I hope one day by Your grace to follow You in my person into heavenly glory. In the meantime, do not let me neglect the earthly task that You have given me. Let me labour diligently all my life with a greater appreciation for the present. Let me realize that only by accomplishing true human fulfilment can I attain Divine fulfilment and ascend to You at the completion of my work.



O Lord, Your Ascension into heaven marks the culmination of the Paschal Mystery, and it contains an important teaching for us. We may live life as an earthly reality and develop our human potential to its fullest. We may make use of the results of science to achieve a better life on this planet. But in our best moments we know that there must be more than all of this, a transcending Reality. As Christians, we know that this Reality is Your loving Father Who awaits us with You and the Holy Spirit. Where You have gone, we ultimately will come – if we are faithful.



O Jesus, wash away my sins with Your Precious Blood.
O Jesus, the struggle against temptation is not yet finished. My Jesus, when temptation comes near me, make me strong against it. In the moment of temptation, may I always say:”My Jesus, mercy! Mary, help!”
O Jesus, may I lead a good life; may I die a happy death. May I receive You before I am dying. May I say when I am dying: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul”.



O holy Visitandine,
to hear your name
is to recall the
Sacred Heart Devotion,
especially as practised on First Fridays and
in making reparation for sins.
From early youth
you dedicated yourself to Jesus
and you exhibited fervent love
for Him in the Eucharist.
You became His chosen vessel
to spread the devotion
to the Sacred Heart
which has done wonders
in modern times.
Make all of us realize
ever more Christ’s words:
“Behold, this Heart
that has so greatly loved people.”



God, our Father, help us not to lose sight of heavenly realities while we apply ourselves diligently to the circumstances of our earthly lives. Enable us to hear Your voice, follow Your Will, pursue Your purpose, and accept Your judgments. Help us to act to please You rather than ourselves or others. And after our earthly lives are over, let us be united with Your Son in the unity that You share with Him and the Holy Spirit.



(A novena – a prayer prayed every day for nine days – may be made at any time of the year, with any approved prayers.)

O holy Apostle, because you are the Rock upon which Almighty God has built His Church; obtain for me, I pray you, lively faith, firm hope and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, recollection in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the Will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever. Amen.



Hail, glorious St Patrick!
We honour your name,
tho’ Erin may claim you,
the world knows your fame.
The faith of our fathers is our treasure too,
how holy the thought
that they learned it from you.
Thru crosses and trials its fires burn bright.
They show us the way,
and the truth, and the light.
Great Saint!
Intercede, that we always may be
devoted and loyal, true children of yours.
Our thought be of Jesus,
our heart be His shrine.
And when to the end of life’s path
we have trod,
be near us, great Bishop, Anointed of God.