Daily Prayer and Readings for 3/26

March 26, 2019

God of Glory, help me to serve Your people for the sake of love – not for my own benefit. When I dig into my pocket to help those in need, let me do it quietly and without show. When I reach out a helping hand to someone in need, help me to not expect something in return. Be with me as I help those in need – and help me remember that You are the ultimate judge of character. Amen.


Matthew 18;21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had him put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

Votive Candle at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the SnowsOur Lady of the Snows Candle

When a Votive Candle is lit, the flame and smoke represent prayers being lifted up to Heaven. This wonderful devotion has been part of our faith for centuries. At the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Votive Candles are lit for persons in need of healing.

You can have a loved one lifted up in prayer while also supporting Oblate ministries with people in need.

Daily Prayer and Readings for 3/25

March 25, 2019

The Annunciation of the Lord

Heavenly Father, You have revealed the beauty of Your divine power by blessing the Virgin Mary and making her the Mother of Our Savior. May we all strive to be more like Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.


This week the Oblates in Romania are praying for you. 

Oblates in Romania

Two of the Oblate priests in Romania, Fr. Damiean Cimpoesu, O.M.I. and Fr. Lucian Bosoi, O.M.I. organize youth events throughout the year, particularly in the summer.  These programs allow local children to take part in both recreational and spiritual programs.  Helping to run these youth activities are teenagers who come from Oblate parishes throughout Europe.  “These young people come to Romania to work with the Oblate priests and to live out the charism of our founder, St. Eugene De Mazenod,” said Fr. Cimpoesu.  “They come with a wonderful desire to express their faith, particularly by working with the children, all the while living together in times of closeness, prayer and work.”

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Votive Candle at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the SnowsOur Lady of the Snows Votive Candle

When a Votive Candle is lit, the flame and smoke represent prayers being lifted up to Heaven. This wonderful devotion has been part of our faith for centuries. At the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Votive Candles are lit for persons in need of healing.

You can have a loved one lifted up in prayer while also supporting Oblate ministries with people in need.