Inspiration

Prayer to St. Philomena

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Faithful virgin and glorious martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me. Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity, O great saint! Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee… (Here mention your petition.) I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the sufferings, and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the Passion and death of Jesus, thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of thee, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in His saints. Amen.

St. Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us.

—Catholic Liturgy

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Hearts Open Wide

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Quick to judge Tempted by drink so many drugs
A prayer for Spirit’s link
Our loving planet provides Everything we need
consumerism has died—
it was courting greed
Easy to distrust charmed by things
We’ll not turn to dust wearing diamond rings
Hearts open wide to All that prevails
We’ll flow with the tide on God’s ship of sails
We pray for Wisdom to take care of every blade of grass,
Common or rare for Spirit lasts, spirit lasts
For the alcoholic with the golden heart
We pray for freedom from judgment a fresh start
Due to returned cancer that has interrupted ability
We pray for the dancer and our own humility
For the sacrifice of plants, animals and fish
We welcome nourishment to Gaia’s dish
For the kindnesses of strangers in Life’s many streets
Love is safety—not a danger to the Universal beat
—Georgia Otterson

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Courage for Life

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God, make me brave for life:
oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain,
as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.
God, make me brave for life;
much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts,
let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
knowing Thy way is wise.
God, make me brave, life brings
such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
help me to see aright
that out of dark comes light.
—Author Unknown

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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The Hardest Grief: After the Death of a Child

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My life is upside down, loving God. The order of the world is out
of place, and I can’t do anything to right it again. Oh, Lord, you
know the pain in my heart at all times, and you know why: my
child has died. How can it be that my beloved child is gone? The
child I cared for with such concern in every illness, the one I held
close to my heart and promised to take care of for a lifetime, is not
here for me to care for anymore. It hurts deeply that I wasn’t able
to protect this child I love with my whole being from a death that
seems so unfair. Let me feel calm. Let me breathe deeply. Be with
me in this kind of deep and transformative pain. I now carry this
darkness with me on my back and in my heart, always. It is my
burden and my companion.
Lord, there is not a single minute of my life when this loss is not
etched so keenly into my brain and heart, whether it is in the
middle of a busy day or in those choking moments of grief in the
solitary dark of night. Let me be grateful for every minute we had
together. Let me treasure those memories and find joy in them.
Help me to deal with people better. They don’t know what to say.
They stumble and look away when they see me. They pretend
nothing has happened. I know they “don’t want to remind me,” but
they don’t understand it is with me always, always. Teach me, Lord.
Tell me what you want me to do with this. What am I supposed to
learn from this kind of pain? What are you calling me to do? Open
my battered heart and lead me to comfort and peace. Only you can
give me the peace I need. Let me feel your presence in my life.
—Anonymous

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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A Prayer for Those Who Are Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

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For the many persons who have died
of Alzheimer’s Disease, we pray that
they are in the care of your loving arms…
For those who are now victims of Alzheimer’s
Disease, we pray for dignity and comfort…
For the Alzheimer’s Disease caregivers,
we pray for compassion and patience…
For the Alzheimer’s Disease families,
we pray for strength and courage…
For those who seek the cause, cure,
prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer’s
Disease, we pray for your wisdom, guidance,
and direction and
For the hope You have given us…
our thanks. Amen.
—Grace Hospice

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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A Godly Woman

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A woman of beauty
A woman of grace
A woman of excellence
Beholding God’s face
She walks with the Lord
With integrity
Knowing her purpose
And destiny
No matter what happens
She walks in God’s love
Reflecting the beauty
Of her Father above.

—M.S. Lowndes

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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O Mother of the World

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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that
anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto you,
O Virgin of virgins,
my Mother.
To you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy,
hear and answer me.
Amen

—Memorare, Roman Catholic Prayer

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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When You Need Help, Turn To Her

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O, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel,
Fruit of the Vine, splendorous of Heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God,
Immaculate Virgin,
assist me in this my necessity.
O Star of the Sea, help me
and show herein you are my mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart
to succor me in my necessity.
There are none that can withstand your power,
O show me here you are my mother.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.

Amen.

—Catholic Liturgy

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Learning the Art of Forgiveness

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Our Father, Holy Mother,
Creator of the Cosmos, Source of Life,
You are in my mind, in my garden,
in my cup of wine and loaf of bread.
Blessed be your names:
Mother, Allah, Goddess, Beloved, Father,
Radiant One, Yahweh, HaShem, Sophia
Your presence has come, your will is done

on earth as it is in the cosmos.

May we give each other strength, mercy,

tenderness, and joy
and forgive each other’s failures,
silence, pettiness, and forgetfulness
as we ask to be forgiven

by those we’ve hurt.

Lead us home

to ourselves, to You,
to clarity, to oneness
and deliver us from the darkness

of our ignorance and fear.

So we pray and so we receive. Amen.

—Jan Phillip

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.