reflection/prayer

We ask Our Lady to pray and intercede with the Lord for the people of Keash and Culfadda at this time of the Coronavirus. We ask the Lord’s forgiveness for anything that we have done wrong. We remember to pray daily to our Guardian Angel, St. Michael and our own St. Kevin to intercede on our behalf at this unchartered and most difficult of times. We pray for those worrying and vulnerable. We pray for those sick and elderly. We pray for expecting mother’s. We pray for our civic and spiritual leaders that they will make the right decisions. We pray for our health care staff and religious that are coming in contact with those with Coronavirus; to bring them safe. We pray for those that will die that they will have a dignified and peaceful death. We pray that the Lord will give us strength to deal with whatever presents .

Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in thee.

Oh Angel of God my Guardian dear, to whom Gods love commits us here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide AMEN

St. Michael the Archangle, defend us in our hour of need. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray and thou oh Prince of the heavenly host, trust Satan into hell and with him all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls AMEN

Knock Prayer in the time of the Corona Virus

Dear God,
In 1879 the Apparition at Knock gave hope and courage to the people of Ireland in difficult times.

We ask that Our Lady may now protect your beloved people from the Corona Virus.

May its victims be strengthened by the spiritual support of the Christian community and restored soon to full health.

We also pray for the medical personnel who deal with the virus.
This we ask in confidence through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. John the Evangelist, pray for us.
by Fr. Brian Grogan S.J.

Prayer for Strength

Everyday I need you Lord, but this day
especially, I need some extra strength to
face whatever is to come.

This day, more than any other day I
need to feel you near me…. to fortify my
courage and to overcome my fear.

By myself, I cannot meet the challenge
of the hour…. how much frail human
creatures need a Higher Power sustaining
them in all that life may bring.

And so, dear Lord, hold my trembling
hand… be with me, Lord, this day to
know Your guiding hand at work in all, to
know Your Blessed Presence.
EVER NEAR. Amen.

 

The Oak Tree

by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr

A mighty wind blew night and day,
It blew the oak tree’s leaves far far away.
Then it snapped its boughs and pulled its bark,
Until the oak  tree became tired and stark.

But still the oak tree held its ground,
While other trees fell all around,
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
“How can you still be standing old Mr. Oak”?

The oak tree said, I know that you,
Can break each branch of mine in two,
Carry every leaf away,
Shake my limbs, and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth,
Growing stronger and stronger since my birth,
You’ll never touch them, for you see,
They are the deepest part of me.

Until today, I wasn’t sure,
Of just how much I could endure,
But now I’ve found, with thanks to you,
I’m stronger than I ever.