Daily Prayers with the Saints

Daily Prayers with the SaintsExperience the friendship and spiritual guidance of hundreds of saints, one for each day of the year. Subscribe to DAILY PRAYERS WITH THE SAINTS to receive by email a Saint and a prayer for each day of the year! These posts are delivered on the Saint’s feast day. The prayers are written with the Saint’s special patronage in mind.

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If you desire to grow in holiness, the prayers given here will point you in the right direction, and the saints will lead you by the hand and never let go!

Excerpted from Terry Modica’s book
Daily Prayers with the Saints

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Forward from the book

Fr. John H. Hampsch, C.M.F.
Director, Claretian Teaching Ministry

An overweight man, struggling to mount his horse, prayed, “All you saints of Heaven, help me!”  He then leaped up on the horse, propelling himself over the saddle and tumbling off on the opposite side.  “All right,” he said, “only half of you help me this time!”

Saints can be powerful intercessors.  In fact, even before being “beatified”—i.e., deemed worthy of the title “Blessed”—it’s required that their God-sourced power be proven by a rigorously authenticated major miracle attributed to them after their death.  And that power must be further proven by a subsequent authenticated miracle to entitle them to the appellation of “Saint.”  These Church-recognized special friends of God, we are reminded by Vatican II, are to be venerated, imitated and invoked.

In the strictest theological sense, Catholics don’t pray “to” any angel or saint (even the Virgin Mary), but we do ask them to pray with us and for us (as in the Hail Mary: “pray for us sinners…”).  Invoking the intercession of saints is made delightful and easy by the calendared structure of this book.  Each prayer can easily be tailored to the reader’s life situations by inserting particular needs and specific people into the wording.

May we all experience the loving exercise of the saints’ power, which they delight in exercising in our lives.  Even when mounting a horse!

Saint Helena

August 18

Saint HelenaDear Lord, the great emperor Constantine gave his mother, Saint Helena, the authority to promote Christianity by building churches throughout the empire and on the holy sites in Israel.  She is the patron saint of difficult marriages and divorced people because her husband divorced her for someone with better political connections.  I ask her to pray for the separated and divorced people in my life.  O Jesus, heal their wounds and teach them to receive from You the love they need when they’re lonely.  If their first marriage was invalid and they remarry, give them Spirit-filled spouses.  Saint Helena, pray for us.  Amen.

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