Sometimes, all it takes is a couple of minutes with a video, and we can be transformed!
This one is especially for catechists.
Author Terry Hershey discusses how busy catechists can practice sanctuary in their daily lives:
A brief prayer can lift our minds and hearts:
PEACE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST PRAYER by BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
Help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go -
let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example -
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
he evident fullness of the love my heart bears to you.
PRAYER OF ST. DOMINIC
May God the Father who made us bless us.
May God the Son send his healing among us.
May God the Holy Spirit move within us and
give us eyes to see with, ears to hear with,
and hands that your work might be done.
May we walk and preach the word of
God to all.
May the angel of peace watch over us and
lead us at last by God's grace to the
HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER of
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
That I love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
To defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
That I always may be holy.
PRAYER OF ST. BENEDICT
Gracious and holy Father,
grant us the intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you, diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you, a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you.
May our ears hear you, may our eyes behold you,
and may our tongues proclaim you.
Give us grace that our way of life may be pleasing to you,
that we may have the patience to wait for you
and the perseverance to look for you.
Grant us a perfect end--your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection and life everlasting.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
PRAYER FOR GENEROSITY of
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give without counting the cost,
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will.
Books for spiritual strengthening:
Touching the Holy : Ordinariness, Self-esteem and Friendship
by Robert J. Wicks
Dr. Robert J. Wicks's most popular book will revitalize you with his message of growing in self-esteem through appreciation of God's many gifts found in ordinary life, especially through the gift of friendship.
Rummaging for God : Seeking the Holy in Every Nook and Cranny
by Melannie Svoboda, SND
Contains 100 rummagings, that is, short meditations on the thorough search for God in everyday events and places. The questions, reflections, and short closing prayers help facilitate the reader's own rummaging. Perfect for private prayer and reflection or for group sharing.
Great Spiritual Masters : Their Answers to Six of Life's Questions
by John Farina.
Brings together religious masters (Ignatius of Loyola, Augustine, Julian of Norwich, Gregory of Nyssa, Dante Alighieri, and Bonaventure) to answer six deep questions in modern society.
Abundant Treasures: Meditations on the Many Gift of the Spirit
by Melanie Svboda, SND
Sr. Melanie helps us discover the presence in our lives of the Holy Spirit's gifts like beauty, leadership, patience, common sense, relaxation, commitment (and 45 others).
Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
by James Martin, SJ
Using relevant stories and characters from Scripture, insights and teachings from the lives of the saints, spiritual writings, and personal experiences, Fr. Martin explores the place of joy, humor, and laughter in the spiritual life.
From a mother's heart : stories of God's faithfulness
ed. by Theresa DifatoA collection of true stories in which mothers share the joys and challenges of motherhood, relating to God and children, extending forgiveness, being miraculously healed, coping with loss, and realizing hopes and dreams.