Archive for February 2012

Prayer of Consecration

 “There are times when our own perplexities and suffering, or those of ones we love are so painful to carry that we find ourselves wordless before God. Such poverty can be a great blessing as it reveals to us our need for him, but it is also a moment of invitation to surrender. At such times a prayer of consecration is probably the most suitable prayer we can say or formulate, simply handing everything over to God and Mary with trust. Or in situations of impending natural disaster, those involved in war or other life threatening situations, pray for them, pray for yourself in this prayer this morning.” Poor Clare Colettine TMD


Posted February 27, 2012 by ouidaofs in Franciscan, Prayer

Saint Francis Would Say

In a world where there is no animal abuse or neglect and where people show love and kindness to animals, there also is no child abuse and people love and value children, they honor life from conception to natural death, abortion ends and violence ceases.  There is peace and justice on earth, love of God and love of neighbor.  It is the Reign of God.

An Evening Prayer for the Dog in the Shelter

The Old Ones

Posted February 26, 2012 by ouidaofs in Franciscan, God

The Chaplet of St. Colette


Saturday February 4 2012 was a bitterly cold day with sub-zero temperatures and black ice on the roads here in North Wales. Those who came to the Mass and blessing of St Colette were either local enough to walk or suicidal enthusiasts!

We could have re-filmed the blessing with an invited audience and a packed chapel on a road-worthy day, but this, in its simplicity, is what the Lord gave us, and – as God pleases as God wills!

Mother is blessing those present with two threads from the mantle of St Colette given to us by our Sisters at Bruges. They are mounted on a decorated Poor Clare veil. The Community is singing the Colette Chaplet.

If you would like to know more about St Colette and her blessing please visit the section on St Colette on our website

Posted February 26, 2012 by ouidaofs in Catholic, Franciscan, Prayer

Prayer of Blessed John Paul II

I leave you now with this prayer:
that the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to each one of you,
that He will give you the strength to go out
and profess that you are Christian,
that He will show you that He alone can fill your hearts.
Accept His freedom and embrace His truth,
and be messengers of the certainty
that you have been truly liberated
through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
This will be the new experience,
the powerful experience, that will generate,
through you, a more just society and a better world.
God bless you and may the joy of Jesus be always with you!
(Blessed John Paul II)

Posted February 26, 2012 by ouidaofs in Blessed John Paul II, Catholic, Prayer

God Is Good

God is good. God is humble. This is the beginning for Franciscan theology. Saint Francis entered into the mystery of God and found these two attributes. In humility God bends over to embrace the world in love, accepting us right where we are, dwelling in the brokenness of our own lives. God is all good, supreme good, totally good.

Almighty God, and You,
my Lord Jesus Christ,
I pray You to enlighten me
and to dispel the darkness
of my spirit; give me
a faith that is without limit,
a hope that is ever unfailing,
and a love that is universal.
Grant, O my God,
that I may really know You
and that I may be guided
in all things
according to Your light
and in conformity to Your will.
– Saint Francis of Assisi –

Posted February 22, 2012 by ouidaofs in Franciscan, Prayer


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“The sure sign that God is alive in you is joy.” Fr. Robert Barron.

Catholicism Series

Posted February 21, 2012 by ouidaofs in Catholic, Joy

The Soul’s Desire

“I have shown you, dearest daughter, that in this life guilt is not atoned for by any suffering simply as suffering, but rather by suffering borne with desire, love, and contrition of heart.  The value is not in the suffering but in the soul’s desire. Likewise, neither desire nor any other virtue has value or life except through my only-begotten Son, Christ crucified, since the soul has drawn love from him and in virtue follows his footsteps.  In this way and in no other is suffering of value. “

Source:  Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue

“Paradise regained – to walk in the garden, naked, unashamed, hand and hand with God just as He intended.”  Source:  Patty Palmer, OFS

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you and with true sorrow for my sins, I offer You this poor heart of mine.  Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Your will.  Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in You and for You.

Protect me in the midst of danger, comfort me in my afflictions, give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.  Amen.

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