Merciful Lord, it does not surprise me that you forget completely the sins of those who repent. I am not surprised that you remain faithful to those who hate and revile you. The mercy which pours forth from you fills the whole world. It was by your mercy that we were created, and by your mercy that you redeemed us by sending your Son.
—St. Catherine of Siena
St. Mary Magdalene, you followed Jesus throughout his ministry and were the first to see him after his Resurrection. Intercede for us that we may be open to Jesus’s call in our lives so that we can follow him as true disciples. Amen
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Come, my friend, the Bride to meet,
The holy Shabbat let us now greet.
“Keep” and “Remember” in one Divine word.
Our people at Sinai God’s command heard.
Our God is one; and One is God’s name,
God’s is the glory! God’s is the fame!
To greet Shabbat now let us go;
Source of blessing, it has ever been so.
Conceived before life on earth began,
Last in God’s work, first in God’s plan.
Yerushalayim, Shrine of our “King,”
Arise from your ruins, arise and sing.
Enough have you dwelled in the vale of tears,
Your God will mercifully dispel your fears.
Shake off your dust, arise from the mire;
Dress, my people, in your proudest attire.
Through a descendant of David, the poet-King,
Redemption and freedom God will bring.
—English translation of Lecha Dodi, the Jewish liturgical song sung to welcome the sabbath
My God, I believe most firmly
that you watch over all who hope in you,
and that we can want for nothing
when we rely upon you in all things.
Therefore I am resolved for the future
to have no anxieties,
and to cast all my cares upon you.
—St. Claude de la Colombiere, SJ, excerpt of An Act of Hope and Confidence in God
Lord God, you invite us to collaborate with you in building your kingdom here on earth. Help us to be attentive to the quiet whisper of your voice as we discern what you call us to do.
Good and gracious God, we thank you for the gift of families. Show mercy to those who travel in danger, and lead them to a place of safety and peace. Comfort those who are alone and afraid because their families have been torn apart by violence and injustice…Open our hearts so that we may provide hospitality for all who come in search of refuge. Give us the courage to welcome every stranger as Christ in our midst. Amen.
—Prayer for Migrant Families, ©2010, USCCB
Lord, grant that I may see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly.
—St. Ignatius Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises
O that today you would hear God’s voice,
“Harden not your hearts, as on that day in the desert,
when your parents put me to the test.”
—David Haas, © 1983, 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.
If you would speak of me, live all your life in me.
My ways are not the ways that you would choose;
My thoughts are far beyond yours, as heaven from earth:
If you believe in me my voice will be heard.
All that is hidden will be made clear.
All that is dark now will be revealed.
What you have heard in the dark proclaim in the light;
What you hear in whispers proclaim from the housetops.
—Bernadette Farrell, All That is Hidden © 1986, 1988, OCP
Pray! This is what Jesus advises us: ‘Pray for your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Pray!’ And say to God: ‘Change their hearts. They have a heart of stone, but change it, give them a heart of flesh, so that they may feel relief and love.’
—Pope Francis, from his June 18, 2013 homily