Today was just "one of those days" where I knew deep down to stop and pray.  Not surprisingly, in prayer the Holy Spirit prompted me to post this particular prayer penned by my sister-in-Christ. 

“Help us pray more, Blessed Mother of Jesus. Help us pray for our needs, for families, for our nation and for all humanity. Especially aid us in prayers for our personal intentions and the intentions of those we love.”

Years ago, while on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, the town in Bosnia-Herzegovina, site of apparitions of Our Lady since 1981, I began to understand the importance of prayer on a deeper level. Many of the messages given by the Blessed Mother stress the need for prayers by individuals and in community. The rosary, based on scriptures that describe the mysteries of Jesus and Mary, is really the instrument that the Blessed Mother used to guide me on a spiritual path and into the Catholic faith. It is still one of my favorite prayers. This wonderful prayer is so simple, yet so rich. The rhythm of the words begins to come from deep down in the heart. It can be such a private time to have very personal prayer, or you can feel the strength of the words as you pray in unison with others. Pray, pray, pray the rosary! From my deepest heart, I am grateful that Our Lady teaches us so many ways to be closer to Jesus!
~mgr
 

Heavenly Assistance -- Available for the Asking




Pray for me, Our Lady. I am a sinner and need to be encouraged. Please pray for me to step back from the world, be open to God and His will, and have courage to act accordingly.”

           Some days, life runs at me so hard, that I forget there is immediate help if I would only look up and step into the mantle of protection of Our Lady. God allows her to lead us. Why is it that sometimes I just simply forget to follow? It is silly and ridiculous to think or act as if I can maneuver through this life without God’s grace. If only I could just be a tiny fraction like the Blessed Mother. She listened to the message of an angel, and forever lived according to God’s will. She has reached out to us, taught us of love and sacrifice, and we are granted the privilege of her care and motherly protection. I do ask for encouragement and perseverance to walk with her to complete faithfulness in Jesus, our Lord.

~mgr
 

To Our Lady of Good Help




I have a very dear friend who is an accomplished writer.  From the first time she put pen to paper, it was obvious that God had given her a huge gift -- a gift she has learned to use to serve God and her community.  Her most recent writings are prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary taken straight from her prayer journal,  private in nature, and were meant to be shared only with the Blessed Mother.  However, God had a different plan.  After writing a series of prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady directed my friend to make these prayers available to others.  My friend and I are also sisters-in-Christ so I was honored to open my email and receive these heartfelt prayers.  I was completely blown away by their deep beauty and simplicity.  After prayerful consideration my friend has given me the honor of posting these prayers on my blog.  It is my intention to post three prayers a week.  I hope you will check in often so that you can be as blessed as I have been through these prayers. 

All of the prayers are the same in format.  The italicized writing is the prayer to the Blessed Mother followed by the specific intention of my friend. 

The first of these is to Our Lady of Good Help.  If you are interested in more information about Our Lady of Good Help, you can find it here.

“Our Lady of Good Help, thank you for taking our petitions to our Lord. I see the changes working in our lives. Please continue to pray on our behalf…especially for the children; they need His help and guidance.”
 
Opportunities are opening up; loved ones are reaching out to the goodness and light around them, brought by intense prayer. Burdens seem to be just a little lighter, and there is hope that dreams may come true. It is a more beautiful world because of the Blessed Mother, the mother of Jesus and the mother of each one of us. She is God’s greatest gift to us, by far. I love you far, far beyond these pitiful words, Our Lady of Good Help.