has distinctive qualities that discourses do not possess.
All who bear their crosses with patience eloquently proclaim Jesus Christ.
—St. Alphonsus Liguori
From wanton sin especially
restrain your servant, let it not rule over me.
Then shall I be blameless and innocent of serious sin.
Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart find favor
before you, O Lord, my rock and redeemer.
The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the crown that He now presents to you as
gift from His inmost Heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes,
understood with His Divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with
His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed
it with His holy Name, anointed it with His grace, perfumed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at
you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting, from God to you, an alms of
the all-merciful love of God. --St. Francis de Sales
You invite all who are burdened to come to You.
Allow Your healing hand to heal me.
Touch my soul with Your compassion for others.
Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with Your wisdom, and may my mouth always proclaim Your praise.
Teach me to reach our to You in my need, and help me to lead others to You by my example.
Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength.
Touch gently this life which You have created, now and forever. Amen
Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Most Sacred Heart of
for His Courage and Healing
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I
of Prayer for the Sick
Jesus through the
power of the
IN EVERY need let me come to You with humble trust, saying: Jesus, help me!
In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations: Jesus, help me!
In hours of loneliness, weariness and trials: Jesus, help me!
In the failure of my plans and hopes, in disappointments, troubles and sorrows: Jesus. help me!
When others fail me, and Your Grace alone can assist me: Jesus, help me!
When I throw myself on Your tender Love as a Father and Savior: Jesus, help me!
When my heart is cast down by failure, at seeing no good come from my efforts: Jesus, help me!
When I feel impatient, and my cross irritates me: Jesus, help me!
When I am ill, and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely: Jesus, help me!
Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls and shortcomings of every kind: Jesus, help me and never forsake me.
the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart Monastery
Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130
in Time of Sickness
Father, you care for all of us.
I come before you with confidence.
Help me to entrust all to your gentle care.
Let me know your presence.
Fear and uncertainty make me feel all alone.
Bring me close to Jesus who suffered for me.
Father, may I be one with Jesus and know that my weakness can somehow be a part of his mystery of love for me and all who suffer.
Let this day be my gift to you and to the world.
A Prayer of St. Francis
Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, grant us in our misery that we may do for your sake alone what we know you want us to do, and always want what pleases you; so that cleanse and enlightened interiorly and fired with the flame of the Holy Spirit, we may be able to follow in the footprints of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and so make our way to you. Most High, by your grace alone, you who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified. God all-powerful, for ever and ever. Amen.
My Jesus, I ask you with all my heart for your love. Only your love will help me to accept my sufferings and carry my cross in such a way that I may be Your true follower.
O Lord Jesus, graciously accept the sacrifice of my sufferings for the temporal and eternal salvation of myself and my loved ones.
Jesus, my dearest Lord and God, my Teacher and my Redeemer, have mercy on me.
Most Holy Spirit, be my Consoler.
— ST. JOHN NEUMANN—
thank You for giving me another day.
Let me face my troubles today—
the big and the small—
with a happy heart filled with Your unending love.
Let me appreciate the moments
of joy You send me this day.
Let me see the cares of others as
an opportunity to bring Your
great compassion to those who most need it.
And God, I know that You see
and know all things—
all of the world's loveliness, and
all of its harshness, too.
So on this day that You have
given me, I ask that I may bring
Your joy with me as I share myself with others.
And I pray that You will be
warmed by the happiness of Your children.
Finally, God, let me never forget
that in all things, in gladness or sorrow,
You who are all love and joy and
hope are always by my side.