“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” St. Padre Pio
Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear. Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will in his love enable you to profit by them. He has guided you thus far in life, do you but hold fast to his dear hand, and he will lead you safely through all trials. Whenever you cannot stand, he will carry you lovingly in his arms.
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same eternal father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day of your life, either he will shield you from suffering or he will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads and all anxious imaginations. Amen (St. Francis de Sales)
O Blessed Jesus,
Give me stillness of soul in Thee,
Let Thy mighty calmness rule in me.
Rule me,O Thou King of gentleness,King of Peace.
Give me control,great power of self-control,
Control over my thoughts,words,actions.
from all irritability,
want of meekness,
want of gentleness
Dear Lord deliver me.
By Thine own deep patience,
give me patience,
stillness of soul in Thee.
Make me in this and in all,
More and more like Thee.
(St. John of the Cross)
Today is the Feast Day of Saint Catherine of Siena. She was a Dominican nun best known for her extraordinary piety and for her stigmata, wounds she received for her adoration of the cross.
St. Catherine of Siena is the patron saint of Europe, firefighters, fire prevention, bodily ills, illness, miscarriages, nurses, Italy, people ridiculed for their piety, against sexual temptation and sick people. Her patronage of firefighters has an interesting history: During her ecstasies, St. Catherine, at times fell into fires, so transported was she from her surroundings; however, her skin and clothes remained untouched by the flames.
Dear St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
(St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit)
“Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbour, where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict. Show me the course I should take. Renew in me the gift of discernment, so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go. And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course, even when the sea is rough and the waves are high, knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name we shall find comfort and peace.” St. Basil of Caesarea.
Prayer to St. Anne:
St. Anne, pray for God to bless my family. My family is the heart of my life. It is my little Church. St. Anne, guard the members of my family against all physical and spiritual danger. You lived in the presence of your husband, St. Joachim, and your little daughter, Mary. Later, you welcomed your son-in-law, St. Joseph, and above all your beloved Grandson, Jesus, our Savior. May your family inspire all of our families. May we remain united in a deep mutual love forever. If my family is broken by separation or divorce, remain for us the Saint of tenderness and unity, which leads all souls to God. St. Anne, you were a spouse, a mother, and a grandmother; bless all the members of my family. Keep us faithful to the Lord and to each other. May we also remain attentive to the needs of other families. Good St. Anne, protect all families. Amen.