you come to serve the Lord,
prepare yourself for trials.
Be sincere of heart and steadfast,
undisturbed in times of adversity.
Cling to Him, forsake Him not;
thus, will your future be great.
Accept what befalls you;
in crushing misfortune be patient.
For, in fire gold is tested and worthy men
in the crucible of humiliation.
Trust God and He will help you.
Make straight your ways and hope in Him.
You who fear the Lord, wait for His mercy.
Turn not away, lest you fall."
- Sirach 2:1-7
Fr. Andrew Apostoli's Daily Prayer to our Blessed
Be Humble before the
Morning Offering (I)
Morning Offering (II)
Lord Jesus, by Your loving grace,
please make the imperfect prayers of me, a sinner, pleasing,
wholesome and acceptable to you. Amen
O Jesus, through the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and
sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred
Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout
the world, in thanksgiving for Your favors, in reparation for my
sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends and, in
particular, for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen
Lord Jesus, to You I offer all of
my work and all of my joy, as well as all of the pain and
frustration of this day. Please grant me the strength to bear
them in silence, humility obedience and love, just as You bore
them for me that day on Calvary. Amen
A Prayer to Redeem
(by St. Teresa of Avila)
A Prayer for Help
from a Weakened Soul
Wash me, O Lord
O my God!
Source of all Mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While
recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You,
Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I
am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please
restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and
in the future, that I may appear before You in “wedding
my smallness and weakness are perfectly known to You.
Have pity on me. Pull me out of the mud of self, so that I
may not be stuck in it forever. Consider the labors and trials
of my daily life. Please
stand by me in my efforts. Strengthen me in my resolutions. I
failed because I depended on myself alone. Now, however, I
shall seek advice and direction as often as I need it. Only in
this way can I hope to make progress in true and solid virtue.
Make me wise and honest in my daily efforts, so that I may no
longer waste valuable time. I hope to become at least the kind
of person You want me to be.
I can do nothing.
Lord, help me! Amen
O Lord my
In your mercy, wash me.
In your Love, heal me.
In your Divinity, strengthen me.
In Your Majesty, command me to do your Holy Will.
Act of Contrition
A Plea to God
A Prayer to St.
O my God, I
am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,
and I detest all of my sins because of Your just punishment,
but most of all, because they offend Thee, my God,
who are all good and deserving of all my love.
resolve, with the help of Thy grace,
to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.
Please help me.
Time and again I give in to temptation and evil, the sins of
lust. Time and again I offend You, my Savior, deepening
Your already painful and bloody wounds. In this misery, I give my yes, my
will to satan, while to You, my loving God, I turn my back.
Time and again I find myself face down in the mud, crushed under
the weight of my vileness and sins, while the force of my own
destruction bears down on my soul.
Please forgive me, Lord, and help me to do better.
I am so weak that I feel helpless and defenseless, unable to
stand, unworthy of Your love and support.
Cleanse me of self-loathing that I may see Your presence always
within me and the countenance of Your loving Face in those whom
I have desecrated, offended or injured.
Cleanse me of the spirit of addiction that I may take back
control of myself, and please, once and for all, loosen the
grasp that sin and satan have over me.
Be victorious over my enemies, O Lord, for I alone cannot defeat
them. Grant me the grace and strength of self-control, so
that my spirit holds dominion over my weak and selfish flesh
unto my dying breath.
Help me, O Lord, to discipline myself through prayer and
Let me never lose sight of You – for You, my God, are all that I
I pray that in my weakness, Your strength, love and mercy may be
shown to all, and I pray that somewhere, somehow, someday, I may
come to give You glory by my life.
head of the Holy Family and earthly guardian of our Lord Jesus
Christ, I pray, through the power of your special intercession,
for God to grant me the strength, guidance, insight and
discernment to always be
husband/wife that I can be,
father/mother that I can be,
son/daughter that I can be,
worker that I can be,
soul that I can be,
so that all of my labors, all of
my thoughts, words and deeds may ceaselessly give glory
to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This we ask in Jesus' name. Amen
We Fly to Your
For Peace and
most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone
who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your
intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of
Virgins, my Mother; to you I come, before you I kneel, sinful
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in
hear and answer me.
We fly to
your patronage, O Holy Mother of God.
Despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but always deliver us from danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
O Mary, conceived
Pray for us who
have recourse to You!
We pray, through the special intercession of our Blessed Mother,
the Queen of Peace, that all peoples be reconciled with God and
with one another, especially among families and among nations.
This we ask in Your healing name.
Prayer with a
For Families in Pain
(to Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey)
(by St. Ignatius Loyola)
before you I kneel, a sinful wretch,
outcast and apart from You at no one's hand but mine,
guilty by my own admission, in misery, humiliated, ashamed and
In sincere repentance, I beg You, Lord Jesus, turn not Your
Glorious Face from me in the hideousness of my sins, but grant
me the fullness of Your infinite mercy,
Your unfathomable love, that I may draw from You all of the
healing graces that I need to overcome my failings and vanquish
the demons that torment me.
Channel Your strength to me, O Lord, so that, through You, I may
defeat my own desires, imperfections and weaknesses, confront
and conquer my tormentors,
make worthy restitution to You for my sins and offenses,
and give You glory by my life. Amen.
We pray, through the help of your intercession, for the healing
of all suffering children and families in the world, especially
those victims of illness, tragedy, violence, family strife,
neglect and abuse, as well as all who are suffering from layoffs
and financial woes. We pray most fervently for the
instigators and innocent victims of war and, in particular, for
those young women contemplating or succumbing to abortion,
including the many doctors, nurses and politicians who use their
skills and talents, not to heal, but to kill.
Please bring God's graces of conversion, reconciliation and
salvation to the perpetrators of these unconscionable acts of
And, to the victims, please bestow all the peace, mercy,
comfort, compassion, consolation and tender loving kindness of
our Lord Jesus and His Holy Family, which these people so
desperately need in their hour of pain, grief and confusion.
This we ask in Jesus' name. Amen
Solanus Casey, during his lifetime, demonstrated extraordinary
ability to counsel, heal and reconcile family problems of all
Please see the website for his Cause for Sainthood:
Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Your wounds, hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from You.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In the hour of death, call me and bid me come to You, that with
Your saints I may praise you for ever and ever.
Prayer for a Soul
Prayer for Seeking
a Marriage Mate
Prayer for the Wise
Choice of a Marriage Partner
Help in Finding a Future Spouse
I know many single Christians who are in search of that special
someone. Please teach each of us to learn from you and listen to
your messengers, so that we will be able to recognize the one
you have in mind for us.
Thank you for being patient when we choose a different path.
Sometimes we think we know better and take a little more time to
come around to your way of thinking. Help us wash away our fears
and break those old bad habits that have been getting us into
trouble, preventing us from having healthy relationships.
Show us how to manage our time better in our busy lives so that
we can make new friends. As you know friendship is a good way to
get to know a person before entering into a romance.
And Lord, give us Your guidance to become people of good
character and prepare us to meet our new soul mate. We ask this
in your precious name.
Amen. (Prayer by Chuck)
Lord, You said
that it is not good for us to be alone. You made us for each
other. But Lord, I find it so hard to find that mate who would
be a good spouse. Help me, Lord, to put this yearning for
marriage in its proper place.
Lead me, Lord, to
the one whom You choose for my spouse. While I wait for You to
reveal Your Will in this matter, help me to know myself better.
Help me to address those areas of my life which are disordered
and which would interfere with my having a successful marriage.
When my desire to find a spouse becomes all consuming, help me
to relax and practice patience. Help me to invest in wholesome
friendships which bring me closer to You and which will assist
me in making such an important decision. It is so natural, Lord,
to seek love.
Teach me to
seek You first and to learn to give love before I try to receive
it. Help me to remember that whatever journey this life leads me
on, You are always present, always offering companionship, and
always filling my deepest need. I offer You, Lord, my loneliness
and my longing for marriage. I wait for You to lead me to Your
perfect Will for me in this and all things. Amen.
(Prayer by Chuck)
Raphael, Patron and lover of the young, I feel the need of
calling to you and of pleading for your help. In all confidence
I open my heart to you to beg your guidance and assistance in
the important task of planning my future. Obtain for me through
your intercession the light of God's grace so that I may decide
wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through
life. Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand to find each
other. May all our movements be guided by your light and
transfigured by your joy. As you led the young Tobias to Sara
and opened up a new life of happiness with her to holy
marriage, lead me to such a one whom in your angelic wisdom you
judge best suited to be united with me in marriage.
loving patron of those seeking a marriage partner, help me in
this supreme decision of my life. Find for me as a helpmate in
life the person whose character may reflect some of the traits
of Jesus and Mary. May he (she) be upright, loyal, pure, sincere
and noble, so that with united efforts and with chaste and
unselfish love we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul
and body, as well as the children it may please God to entrust
to our care.
St. Raphael, angel
of chaste courtship, bless our friendship and our love that sin
may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely
that our future home may ever be most like the home of the Holy
Family of Nazareth. Offer your prayers to God for the both of us
and obtain the blessing of God upon our marriage, as you were
the herald of blessing for the marriage of Tobiah and Sarah.
friend of the young, be my friend, for I shall always be yours.
I desire ever to invoke you in my needs.
To your special
care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future
husband/wife. Direct me to the person with whom I can best
cooperate in doing God's Holy Will, with whom I can live in
peace, love and harmony in this life, and attain to eternal joy
in the next. Amen.
In honor of St. Raphael:
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Father, Who said, "It is not good that the man should be alone,"
I come to you asking for help to find my life partner.
I pray to You for guidance, for I am Your child, and You are my
loving and heavenly Father.
As I seek to assume my place in life and fulfill my mission, I
long to share my love with another, to establish a home and to
raise a family.
In Your tender mercy direct me to a companion who will
appreciate me and requite my love. I do not want to be alone,
but would prefer to share my joys and sorrows with a beloved
mate - one of my faith and my way of life.
Hear my prayer for the sake of Him who blessed marriage by His
presence during His ministry on earth. Amen.
Prayer to Live a
Psalm 51 -
Acknowledgement of Sin
Lord God, we live
in an age when sexuality is trivialized and when covenants are
broken routinely. We are bombarded with cultural
insensitivity for the sacredness of life and what was once
considered perverted is now common place and accepted.
Please help me increase my sensitivity to the Truth of Your
commandments and show me where I need to amend my attitudes and
my actions. Forgive me my failures in this area and strengthen
me to live a chaste life.
Free me from the bondage of my passions and make me the master
of my inclinations. Heal me of past hurts and the impact
of erroneous instruction and guide my relationships in purity,
fidelity and love. Amen.
I come to you in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Lord, I
have sinned through sex addiction in many ways. I ask for your
forgiveness, cleansing, guidance, strength, protection and
healing for every step along this journey. Father, please create
in me a clean heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do
not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy
Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and
uphold me by Your generous Spirit. I commit myself to serving
you from this point on in my life, and ask that you will
accomplish Your will in my life and not my own. You are my King
and I am Your servant. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall
show forth Your praise. Teach me Your ways, that I may walk in
them for the rest of my life. Thank You, Father. In the name of
Jesus Christ, Amen."