Our Morning Offering – 23 February – Saturday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Marian Saturdays
O Sweet Mother of God
By St Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938)
O sweet Mother of God,
I model my life on You.
You are for me the bright dawn.
In You I lose myself, enraptured.
O Mother, Immaculate Virgin,
In You, the divine ray is reflected,
Midst storms, ‘tis You
who teach me to love the Lord,
O my shield and defense from the foe.
Our Morning Offering – 22 February – The Memorial of St Margaret of Cortona TOSF (1247–1297)
O St Margaret of Cortona
By St John Paul (1920-2005)
O Saint Margaret of Cortona,
I too come today as a pilgrim and I pause to pray with you
at the feet of the image of Christ Crucified and Risen,
whom, as a penitent, you contemplated at length.
Lord Jesus, crucified for us,
in offering yourself on Calvary for all humanity,
You have revealed to us, the wellsprings of everlasting life.
May the mystery of Your Passion, enlighten our life,
making us ready to follow You on the way of holiness and love.
Rekindle our faith, teach us to recognise and welcome
in our everyday life, the plans of Your mysterious Providence.
Give us the courage to confess our sins
and open our hearts to sorrow,
in order to receive the gift of Your mercy.
Empower us to forgive our brethren
following the example of Your love that knows no bounds.
Help us to be humbly disposed to repair the harm we have done
by actively and generously serving the poor, the sick
and all who are marginalised and without hope.
Give everyone the joy of persevering faithfully,
in full harmony with the Church,
along the way of the particular calling.
Above all others, show the young,
the splendid plan of love that You intend to bring about for them
and with them, in the new millennium.
Enable us to be peacemakers,
tenacious weavers of daily relationships of fraternal solidarity,
artisans of reconciliation,
witnesses and apostles of the civilisation of love.
O glorious Saint Margaret of Cortona,
present this request to your Crucified Lord and ours.
Guide us with the strength of your example,
support us with your constant protection,
be our companion, we beg you,
till we reach our Father’s house.
Pope John Paul II, 1999
St Margaret of Cortona, Pray for Us!
Our Morning Offering-21 February-Thursday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time, Year C
Lord, Whatever You Will
By Blessed Rupert Mayer SJ (1876-1945)
The Apostle of Munich
Lord, let happen whatever You will;
and as You will, so will I walk,
help me only to know Your will!
Lord, whenever You will,
then is the time,
today and always
Lord, whatever You will,
I wish to accept,
and whatever You will for me is gain,
enough that I belong to You.
Lord, because You will it, it is right,
and because You will it, I have courage.
My heart rests safely in Your hands!
Our Morning Offering – 20 February – Wednesday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time, Year C
Prayer for the Gift of Prayer
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church
O Incarnate Word,
You have given Your Blood and Your Life
to confer on our prayers that power by which,
according to Your promise,
they obtain for us all that we ask.
And we, O God,
are so careless of our salvation,
that we will not even ask You for the graces
that we must have, if we should be saved!
In prayer You have given us the key
of all Your Divine treasures;
and we, rather than pray,
choose to remain in our misery.
Alas! O Lord, enlighten us,
and make us know the value of prayers,
offered in Your name and by Your merits,
in the eyes of Your Eternal Father.
Our Morning Offering – 19 February – Tuesday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time, Year C
O Holy Spirit of God
By Cardinal Henry Edward Manning (1806-1892)
O Holy Spirit of God,
take me as Your disciple;
Bind my hands,
that they may do no evil;
cover my eyes,
that they may see it no more;
sanctify my heart,
that evil may not dwell within me.
Be You my God;
be You my guide.
Wherever You lead me I will go,
whatever You forbid me I will renounce,
whatever You command me,
in Your strength, I will do.
Lead me, then,
unto the fullness of Your truth.
Our Morning Offering – 18 February – Monday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Today’s Psalm: Psalm 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?
For you hate discipline and you cast my words behind you. You sit and speak against your brother, you slander your own mother’s son.”...Psalm 50:16-17,20
Keep Me, O God…..
Mary Stuart’s Prayer (Mary Queen of Scots)
Keep me, O God, from pettiness.
Let us be large in thought, word and deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding
and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretence
and meet each other face-to-face
without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgement
and always generous.
Let us take time for all things.
Make us grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action
our better impulses
and make us
straight-forward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realise
that it is the little things in life
that create differences;
that in the big things we are all as one.
And, O Lord God,
Let us not forget to be kind.
Our Morning Offering – 17 February – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Suscipe Sancte Pater
1903 Mass Ordinary by Solesmes Abbey
All that we have, O Lord,
comes from You
and belongs to You.
It is just, therefore,
that we return it to You.
But how wonderful are You
in the inventions
of Your immense love!
This bread, which we are offering
to You, is to give place,
in a few moments,
to the Sacred Body of Jesus.
We beseech You, receive, together
with this oblation,
our hearts, which long to live
and to cease to live
their own life of self!