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The Benedictus

Posted: December 17, 2018 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Prayers

The Benedictus which is recited at every Lauds is one of the most precious prayers we have.

It is a prayer which fills me with hope and reminds me of God our Father’s great love for us and His promise fulfilled through our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. It beckons me to prepare the way for Him, so that He can enter into the hearts of those without hope, peace, joy and love.

I am also grateful to Father Frederick Quek who taught us the way to sing it. Here is my rendition of it… 🙏🏼❤️

My Leper’s Prayer…

Posted: November 14, 2018 by CatholicJules in Prayers

🙏🏼 My Leper’s Prayer… 🙏🏼

My sins are always before me, eating away at my soul. Yet every time I cry out to You, “Lord Jesus Christ Son of the living God, have pity on me!” You restore me and show me, just how much You love me often in very subtle ways.

With a grateful heart Lord, I thank You. Praise and glory be to our One triune God!

I’ve come to realise that by praising and giving You thanks with a contrite heart, brings about much healing from within. For without, I am unable to do so. Lord cover me with Your precious blood, let my faith and love in You grow, such that You may find me steadfast in Your love. And may all I say and do be for Your greater glory. Amen

Prayer Request

Posted: August 25, 2018 by CatholicJules in Prayers

Created a link to submit prayer request.

A Prayer written before the Blessed Sacrament

Posted: March 24, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Prayers

After dropping my daughter off for Cathechism class, I went to the Adoration room and started writing this prayer….

O sweet Jesus I come before You in humble Adoration of You. I kneel in awe of Your presence in the Blessed Sacrament. That You O Lord my God have chosen this form to be present to me so that I can see You as You minister to me. Mere words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude for the love and Graces You bestow on me while in Your loving presence. In the silence of my heart I hear Your gentle voice speak to me and I hear You clearly though not in audible terms. I hear the voice of my shepherd, I know You and I follow You. In this great loving exchange I am disappointed with myself for not having spent an hour with You regularly. Perhaps I have not loved You enough as I should. Still I feel Your loving embrace envelop me and I find myself resting in Your peace. You are the way, the truth and the life. Jesus my Lord. You are the way, the truth and the life. Jesus my Lord. Love You with all my heart, mind and soul. Jesus my Lord. Love You with all my heart, mind and soul. Jesus my Lord. Amen

When I picked my daughter up she showed me what she had done in class…

Intercessory Prayers
Based on 12 themes (from Pope Francis’s 2018 Lenten message) & their respective Scripture verse are:

1. “Love growing cold”
Matthew 24:12

Father of Mercy, forgive us our sins. Sin prevents us from loving You and one another as we should. It hardens our hearts and we become cynical and cold. Be with us when we struggle to make the right decisions. Help us to put You first in our lives and turn away from temptations that can lead down the wrong path. Amen

2. “The snake charmers in our lives”
2 Tim 4:3-4

Lord we are often drawn to quick fixes and solutions to our problems.
Many have been led astray to false teachings and become convinced by others that doctrines of our faith are man made. Some are led to believe in superstitious practices. While others are convinced by others to see that all they have in life they obtain through their own personal accomplishments. Fortify our hearts Lord as we pray; Make us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your paths. Lead us in your truth, and teach us, for you are the God of our salvation; for you we wait all day long. (ps 24:4) Amen

3. “False prophets”
Matthew 7:15-20

Guard our hearts Lord against the deceptions of those who seek to lead us astray. Help us to see them as they are really are. We lift up to You those who are innocent of heart and more susceptible to manipulation. Help us all to stay awake and to be docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. So that we may properly discern Your will for us. Now and forever Amen

4. “Charlatan relationships”
2 Peter 3:17-18

Heavenly Father we are Your children whom You created with great love. Each of us are unique and special in Your eyes. Prevent us from deceiving ourselves and others in pretending we are someone else and living out a lie. Let us all live authentic lives according to Your will for us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

5. “Vanity, the trust in appearance”
Ecclesiasticus 11:2, 5-6

So many people tend to stifle their God-given talents.  Others scorn their appearance, unable to look past their outer shell to see their inner beauty.  Help us not only to recognize our self-worth, Lord but to see the value and beauty in others. Help us all to be happy with ourselves – because everything we are is a reflection of You. Grant us the loving humility to serve one another as You would have us. For all we are and all that we have is from You. Amen.

6. “Evil presented as good”
Wisdom 2:5-9

Jesus You are the Lord of Lords, king of Kings. Rule then in our hearts. Prevent us from being distracted by the wiles of the world seeking to ruin our souls. Too often we want only to increase our wealth and material comforts. To have impersonal relationships even so much as objectifying one another. Help us to stay awake and remain steadfast to the truth to be found in You, to remember that that all things will eventually pass away. But Your word and love will remain now and forever. Amen

7. “Hearts gone cold”
Ezekiel 36:27

In this Holy hour dear Jesus we praise, Bless and thank God our Father for the gift of You. You poured out Your great love for us from the cross of which You hung. So that that we might live our life to the fullest without sin. Take away then from our hearts all that is not of You. Remove the stains of sin from our souls. Open our eyes to see more clearly the deceptions of the world that takes us away from You. Let Your light shine brightly in and through us that we may live our lives according to Your will and inspire others to do likewise. All Glory be Yours now and forever. Amen

8. “Charity destroyed by the greed of money”
Mark 4:19

Heavenly Father, give us the strength to overcome temptations of leading sinful lives of earthly desires and material gains, which only leads us away from You. Do not allow our eyes to be closed to the poor and needy. Send Your Holy Spirit to fill us with your everlasting love and grant us the courage to build Your Kingdom here on earth with abundant love and compassion for others. So that all can see Your face in us. Amen

9. “Violence from uncertainties”
2 Tim 3:1-5

Prince of peace our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, we pray earnestly for You to rule in our hearts and the hearts of all in this world. We live in troubled times where there is much violence and hatred in many parts of the world. Because there is sin there is much lawlessness. You alone can turn all curses into blessings. Have mercy Lord and touch the hearts of those tainted by sin, so that there may have a conversion. Let Your peace reign once more. Amen

10. “Love gone cold in a community”
Romans 16:17

How can we heed Your commandment to love one another when we do not see Your face in our brother or sister let alone in the stranger we meet? For to truly be in communion with You is to be in communion with one another. Grant us the courage and humility needed to put aside our differences. To strive for unity, to be one as You and our Heavenly are one. Amen

11. “Creation, witness to destruction”
Genesis 4:9-11

Lord God of all creation, You are source of all life. To love as You do is to will the good in another. Help us to remain steadfast in Your love. In anger and frustration we tend to lose ourselves and while we may not take away physical life we may still kill the spirit of another by our harsh words and actions. Sin such as these can spiral out of control which ultimately leads to our destruction. Lord Jesus we choose love for You over any and all sin. Amen

12. “New fire at Easter”
Isaiah 61:1-2

Praise be to You our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. You came so that we could have life to the full in You. You bring hope when there is none. You set us free from sin so that we can live in peace, joy and holiness. Thank You dear Lord for this grace filled Lenten season, for us to reorder our lives towards You. So that come Easter the flame within us will burn with renewed zeal for the love of You as we share in the fire of Your love with all that we meet. Amen

Year End, Year beginning

Posted: December 31, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections, Prayers

How fitting that the year should end with the feast day of the Holy Family. A reminder that each and everyone of us is born into a family to love and be loved. A holy and sacred bond consecrated unto God.

We by our baptism, are set apart, new born in holiness into and one with the family of the Holy Trinity. One in Union with Jesus our Lord and Saviour. One in Union with St Joseph, our Blessed Mother, all the angels and saints. One Holy Family!

So as the year draws close to an end and moves into a new year of faith, hope and love. Let us as one united family Praise and Thank our ever living God ; for His abundant blessings and graces outpoured on us, our families and loved ones.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. One God forever and ever. Amen

We claim a grace filled 2018 in our Lord Jesus Christ as the day begins where all life begins, in a mother’s womb. How fitting then that we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, mother of God. Dearest blessed mother pray for us. Hail Mary….


Posted: September 26, 2017 by CatholicJules in Prayers

A wonderful and deeply moving prayer by Fr Ron which should be prayed often….


SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than done. As Blaise Pascal once stated, “All the miseries of the human person come from the fact that no one can sit still for one hour.” Achieving stillness seems beyond us and this leaves us with a certain dilemma, we need stillness to find God, but we need God’s help to find stillness. With this in mind, I offer a prayer for stillness.

God of stillness and of quiet …

Still the restlessness of my youth: still that hunger that would have me be everywhere, that hunger to be connected to everyone, that wants to see and taste all that is, that robs me of peace on a Friday night. Quiet those grandiose dreams that want me to stand out, to be special. Give me the grace to live more contentedly inside my own skin.

Still the fever I inhale from all the energy that surrounds me, that makes my life feel small. Let me know that my own life is enough, that I need not make an assertion of myself, even as the whole world beckons this of me from a million electronic screens. Give me the grace to sit at peace inside my own life.

Still my sexuality, order my promiscuous desires, my lusts, my polymorphous aching, my relentless need for more intimacy. Quiet and order my earthy desires without taking them away. Give me the grace to see others without a selfish sexual color.

Still my anxiety, my heartaches, my worries, and stop me from always being outside the present moment. Let each day’s worries be sufficient onto themselves. Give me the grace to know that you have pronounced my name in love, that my name written in heaven, that I am free to live without anxiety.

Still my unrelenting need to be busy all the time, to occupy myself, to be always planning for tomorrow, to fill every minute with some activity, to seek distraction rather than quiet. Give me themes with age. Soothe the unacknowledged anger I feel from not achieving much of what I’ve wanted in life, the failure that I feel in the face of all that I’ve left untried and unfinished.

Still in me the bitterness that comes from failure. Save me from the jealousy that comes unbidden as I begrudgingly accept the limits of my life. Give me the grace to accept what circumstance and failure have dealt me. Still in me the fear of my own shadow, the fear I feel in the face of the powerful, dark forces that unconsciously threaten me. Give me the courage to face my darkness as well as my luminosity. Give me the grace to not be fearful before my own complexity.

Still in me the congenital fear that I’m unloved, that I’m unlovable, that love has to be earned, that I need to be more worthy. Silence in me the nagging suspicion that I’m forever missing out, that I’m odd, an outsider, that things are unfair, and that I’m not being respected and recognized for who I am. Give me the grace to know that I’m a beloved child of a God whose love need not be earned.

Still in me my false fear of you, my propensity for a misguided piety, my need to treat you like a distant and feared dignitary rather than as a warm friend. Give me the grace to relate to you in a robust way, as a trusted friend with whom I can jest, wrestle, and relate to in humor and intimacy.

Still my unforgiving thoughts, the grudges I nurse from my past, from the betrayals I’ve suffered, from the negativity and abuses I’ve been subject to. Quiet in me the guilt I carry from my own betrayals.

Still in me all that’s wounded, unresolved, bitter, and unforgiving. Give the quiet that comes from forgiveness.

Still in me my doubts, my anxieties about your existence, about your concern, and about your fidelity. Calm inside me the compulsion to leave a mark, to plant a tree, to have a child, to write a book, to create some form of immortality for myself. Give me the grace to trust, even in darkness and doubt, that you will give me immortality.

Still my heart so that I may know that you are God, that I may know that you create and sustain my every breath, that you breathe the whole universe into existence every second, that everyone, myself no less than everyone else, is your beloved, that you want our lives to flourish, that you desire our happiness, that nothing falls outside your love and care, and that everything and everybody is safe in your gentle, caring hands, in this world and the next.