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August 28, 2015, 10:45 pm

Difficult Causes in need of Prayer

Feast of Saint Augustine - Saint Monica prayed for many years for her son Augustine's conversion. She shed many tears for her son and died a happy women, as God chose to convert not only her son but her husband as well. Since then Saint Monica has been considered a patroness of hopeless causes. May their examples inspire you to persevere in prayer and never give up praying for impossible circumstance.

Following is a prayer written by Pope John Paul II in 2004 asking for the intercession of Saint Augustine:

"Great Augustine, our father and teacher, knowledgeable in the luminous ways of God and also in the tortuous paths of men; we admire the wonders that divine grace wrought in you, making you a passionate witness of truth and goodness, at the service of brothers.

At the beginning of the new millennium marked by the cross of Christ, teach us to read history in the light of Divine Providence, which guides events toward the definitive encounter with the Father. Direct us toward peaceful ends, nourishing in our hearts your own longing for those values on which it is possible to build, with the strength that comes from God, the 'city' made to the measure of man.

May the profound doctrine, that with loving and patient study you drew from the ever living sources of Scripture, enlighten all those tempted today by alienating illusions.

Give them the courage to undertake the path toward that 'interior man' where the One awaits who alone can give peace to our restless hearts.

Many of our contemporaries seem to have lost the hope of being able to reach - amid the numerous opposing ideologies - the truth, of which their innermost being still keeps a burning nostalgia.

Teach them to never cease in their search, in the certainty that, in the end, their effort will be rewarded by the satisfying encounter with the supreme Truth who is source of all created truth.

Finally, St. Augustine, transmit to us also a spark of that ardent love for the Church, the Catholic Mother of the Saints, which sustained and animated the toils of your long ministry.

"Have us, walking together under the guidance of legitimate Pastors, reach the glory of the heavenly Homeland, where, with all the Saints, we will be able to join the new canticle of the everlasting alleluia. Amen." - Pope John Paul II 2004

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August 25, 2015, 10:47 pm

Regina Coeli Educational Assistance Programs

Province Cebu in Philippines - Sisters of Mary Queen of Heaven are Missionaries serving over 9,000 children of the Philippines who are vulnerable to being lured into prostitution due to poverty and economic destitution. The Sisters are sponsoring Regina Coeli Educational Assistance Programs and provide education and board over 3,000 students. Their goal is to meet the existing needs of more than 9,000 children in their area, who are in need of economic and educational support. Their motto is "Save a soul and gain a new life."

These Missionary Sisters are asking your help in spreading awareness of the importance to guard children from a life of exploitation and sexual abuse through Educational Assistance Programs. Stop exploitation before it begins by providing education and safe housing for children abandoned or in danger of being sold into sex slavery.

Please help with your prayerful support and pray for these vulnerable children by contacting Mary Queen of Heaven Missions.org.

Lord, protect your children from all abuse and exploitation. Send the help they need to live wholesome lives as your children. Provide for their temporal and spiritual needs and bless those who serve them, especially the Missionaries of Mary Queen of Heaven of the Philippines.

Mary, Queen of all Missionaries, pray for us.
Saint Therese, Patron of Missionaries, pray for us.
Jesus, Heart of Divine Mercy, grant us your healing love and Divine Assistance. Amen

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August 20, 2015, 10:19 pm

Jacob Gort, Age 23, Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, Arizona - Jacob Gort, age 23, is presently in a long term care facility in Phoenix, AZ recovering from injuries sustained on July 31st, when he was hit by a motor vehicle. He is presently in a coma but recently has shown strong signs of eye movement and brain activity. His family and friends are asking your prayers that Jake would wake from his coma and fully recover.

Lord, in your mercy help Jake and all those suffering from head trauma to make a full recovery. Anoint them with your healing presence and powerful mercy and restore them to wellness. Lord, we praise you and thank you for your many blessings and for answered prayers. We continue to trust in your merciful love and providential plans.

Lord, breath your light, love and life into all those in most need of your healing. Amen

Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us. Amen

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August 15, 2015, 1:07 pm

Blessings on The Feast of the Assumption

Lourdes, France - To celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, Pope John Paul II offered this prayer at Lourdes in 2006:

"Hail Mary, poor and humble Woman, Blessed by the Most High! Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era, We join in your song of praise, to celebrate the Lords mercy, to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom and the full liberation of humanity.

Hail Mary, lowly handmaid of the Lord, Glorious Mother of Christ! Faithful Virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word, Teach us to persevere in listening to the Word, and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit, attentive to his promptings in the depths of our conscience and to his manifestations in the events of history.

Hail Mary, Woman of sorrows, Mother of the living! Virgin spouse beneath the Cross, the new Eve, Be our guide along the paths of the world. Teach us to experience and to spread the love of Christ, to stand with you before the innumerable crosses on which your Son is still crucified.

Hail Mary, woman of faith, First of the disciples! Virgin Mother of the Church, help us always to account for the hope that is in us, with trust in human goodness and the Fathers love. Teach us to build up the world beginning from within: in the depths of silence and prayer, in the joy of fraternal love, in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross.

Holy Mary, Mother of believers, Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen"

May you have a most Blessed Feast of the Assumption as we celebrate the gift of Our Lady's prayers and intercession for us. - the ipraytoday.com prayer team

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August 13, 2015, 10:55 pm

All Abused Souls

Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix Police detectives arrested a man accused of burning a 5-year-old boy's face with a cigarette lighter.

21-year-old Jaquis Mikal Pruit faces charges of child abuse and aggravated assault in connection with the May 19 incident.

The victim, who suffered burns to the left side of his face and behind the left side of his ear, is the son of Pruit's girlfriend.

According to court paperwork, the boy told detectives that Pruit caused the injuries because the boy wasn't eating all of his food.

Pruit told police the injuries were accidental and occurred while he was playing with the victim and holding a lighter at the same time.

Pruit was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail.

Lord, grant healing to all those who suffer from abuse. Send them the help and resources they need to escape and heal from all behavior that is threatening and destructive to their health.

Lord, grant them courage and hope in your mercy and love. Infuse in their souls the knowledge that they are loved and precious in your eyes. Made in your image, they are destined for love, life and your blessings.

Mary, Mother of God, remember all your children who suffer this day. Remember all those who have suffered from abuse for Jesus is their hope and their wisdom for all eternity. Amen

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August 10, 2015, 10:23 pm

The Church in Need 2015

Feast of Saint Lawrence 2015 - Please pray for the successful completion and needed resources for the following project for the Catholic Relief Agency "The Church in Need". Your prayers and assistance would be most appreciated.

A Presbytery for a New Parish in South Sudan
Repair a convent roof for Sisters of Mercy in Kazakhstan

Help for the training of priests in Ukraine

A new chapel for a village in Cameroon

A solar electricity system for a parish without electric power in Haiti

Support for Religious Education Centers in Syria

Build a chapel for a school for visually and hearing-impaired children in Nigeria

Help equip a "little seminary" in Paraguay

Emergency aid for the Archdiocese of Niamey, Niger, following attacks against Christians

A multipurpose hall to be used as a church by Catholics who fled Boko Haram in Cameroon

Days of recollection and encounter for Catholic priests in Pakistan

Complete a new parish center in Ukraine

Help finish the building of the John Paul II youth pastoral center in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lord we lift up all those in most need of your mercy and love. Inspire more awareness of the global needs all around us and grant souls the grace to respond with prayers, action and resources.

Construct a Church in Memory of Saint John Paul II in Russia

Lord, continue to bless "The Church in Need" and its relief efforts that they may better serve the poor and those in their care. Grant them the resources and support so your will may be accomplished throughout the world. Amen

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, pray for us. Amen

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August 6, 2015, 10:59 pm

Transfiguration of All Souls

Feast of the Transfiguration 2015 - Both Roman and Eastern rite Catholics celebrate the Church's feast of the Transfiguration today, August 6, on its traditional date for both calendars.

The Feast commemorates one of the pinnacles of Jesus' earthly life, when he revealed his divinity to three of his closest disciples by means of a miraculous and supernatural light.

Before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Christ climbed to a high point on Mount Tabor with his disciples Peter, James, and John. While Jesus prayed upon the mountain, his appearance was changed by a brilliant white light which shone from him and from his clothing.

During this event, the Old Testament figures of Moses and the prophet Elijah also appeared, and spoke of how Christ would suffer and die after entering Jerusalem, before his resurrection.

Matthew, Mark,and Luke all record that the voice of God was heard, confirming Jesus as his Son (Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:6, Luke 9:35). Peter and John make specific reference to the event in their writings, as confirming Jesus' divinity and his status as the Messiah (2 Peter 1:17, John 1:14).

In his address before the Angelus on August 6, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI described how the events of the transfiguration display Christ as the full manifestation of God's light.

This light, which shines forth from Christ both at the transfiguration and after his Resurrection, is ultimately triumphant over the power of the darkness of evil.

The Pope stressed that the feast of the Transfiguration is an important opportunity for believers to look to Christ as the light of the world, and to experience the kind of conversion which the Bible frequently describes as an emergence from darkness to light.

In our time too, Pope Benedict said, we urgently need to emerge from the darkness of evil, to experience the joy of the children of light!

For Eastern Catholics, the Feast of the Transfiguration is especially significant. It is among the 12 Great Feasts of Eastern Catholicism.

Eastern Christianity emphasizes that Christ's transfiguration is the prototype of spiritual illumination, which is possible for the committed disciple of Jesus. This Christian form of enlightenment is facilitated by the ascetic disciplines of prayer, fasting, and charitable alms-giving.

A revered Archbishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the late Archbishop Joseph Raya, described this traditional Byzantine view of the transfiguration in his book of meditations on the Biblical event and its liturgical celebration, titled: Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Transfiguration, Archbishop Raya wrote, is not simply an event out of the 2000 year old past, or a future yet to come. It is rather a reality of the present, a way of life available to those who seek and accept Christs nearness.

Lord, make us light. Helps us to live in your light of truth and love. Help us to serve with great love and wisdom all those committed to our care. Guide our every step and decision so that we may become more like you, light of your light now and for all eternity. Amen

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August 4, 2015, 10:46 pm

Our Environmental Concerns 2015

Washington DC - All world leaders, President Obama and Pope Francis have something in common these days. They all advocate the need to address Global warming.

Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si stresses respect for the environment and encourages awareness of the environmental effect of global warming. He stresses our responsibility to care for our "common home."

The Pope said he was writing this for everyone, not just for those of his Catholic faith. He stresses the responsibility we all have to consider the disproportionate effect global climate change has on the poor, who have done the least to contribute to climate disruption. The encyclical emphasizes the moral imperative to act.

There are many reasons to address climate change, including the quality of human life, economic, national security, public health, jobs, sustainability.

At minimum, we need to let our elected officials know we care about our common home and expect them to act.

Our "materialistic user" society has had detrimental effects on our global home. A deeper respect for our God-given natural resources is encouraged. The life of our ecological system depends on our wise use of natural resources. Please pray for all government leaders charged with representing our interests in protecting our global home for future generations.

Lord, grant us the wisdom to care for our environment so that future generations may have a safe and ecologically balanced place to live. Helps us to respect our environment and all living things so we can make prudent decisions for the good of all peoples.

Our Lady, Queen of the Universe, pray for us.
Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Our Father ... Hail Mary ... Glory to the Father ... Amen

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August 4, 2015, 10:36 pm

Environmental Concerns 2015

Washington DC - All world leaders, President Obama and the Pope have something in common these days. They all advocate the need to address Global warming.

Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si stresses respect for the environment and encourages awareness of the environmental effect of global warming. He stresses our responsibility to care for our "common home."

The Pope said he was writing this for everyone, not just for those of his Catholic faith. He stresses the responsibility we all have to consider the disproportionate effect global climate change has on the poor, who have done the least to contribute to climate disruption. The encyclical emphasizes the moral imperative to act.

There are many reasons to address climate change, including the quality of human life, economic, national security, public health, jobs, sustainability.

At minimum, we need to let our elected officials know we care about our common home and expect them to act.

Our "materialistic user" society has had detrimental effects on our global home. A deeper respect for the God-given natural resources we have been been bless with is encouraged. The life of our ecological system depends on our wise use of natural resources. Please pray for all government leaders charged with representing our interests in protecting the global home for future generations.

Lord, grant us the wisdom to care for our environment so that future generations may have a safe and ecologically balanced place to live. Helps us to respect our environment and all living things so we can make prudent decisions for the good of all peoples.

Our Lady, Queen of the Universe, pray for us.
Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Our Father ... Hail Mary ... Glory to the Father ... Amen

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