You know how much I am struggling to make ends meet. Everything seems to be so expensive nowadays and it is a constant struggle. Help me to have hope and be our Provider, so I will be less consumed by this constant gnawing fear that is always with me. Help me to trust you to do this for us.
Prayer for those studying for exams
I ask you to help me at this stressful time. I feel that so much depends on these exams that I really feel burdened. I feel that in addition to carrying my own burdens, I am carrying the expectations of so many others – family, friends, society. Help me to keep calm at this time, so that I can think straight and apply myself to the best of my ability. Let your Spirit help and inspire me, so that I can remember all that I have studied and put together my answers in the best way. Guide me in all my ways, so that I may be fulfilled in you.
Exam tension exercise
Exams mean STRESS! So much depends on our performance over a period of a few intense hours. Keeping a calm mind is half the battle in recalling what we have studied and giving a good performance. To be able to centre oneself for a few minutes before starting to study, or even to stop for a brief pause, is a great help. Even the few minutes sitting at the desk before the exam actually starts can profitably be used to become relaxed. We offer the following exercise to help release the tension and calm the mind:
•Close your eyes.
•Take a few deep breaths. As you inhale, silently say, “Come Holy Spirit, inspire me”. The Holy Spirit is the breath of God and the one who is the source of all our inspirations. As you pray this, imagine the Holy Spirit coming in to do this within you.
•Exhaling slowly, silently say, “Release the tension, bring your peace”. As you pray this, feel the Holy Spirit drive the tension from your body.
•This can be simplified to say “Come Holy Spirit” on inhalation and “Bring your peace” on exhalation.
Prayer of St. Colette
Blessed be the hour in which the Incarnate God was born, blessed be the Holy Spirit by Whose operation Jesus Christ was conceived, blessed be the Glorious Virgin Mary, of whom the Word Incarnate was born. Through the intercession of the Glorious VirginMother, and in remembrance of the most sacred hour in which the Incarnate Word was born, may the Lord hear my prayers, and accomplish my desires. O Jesus, Who art mercy and goodness itself, do not abandon me on account of my sins but graciously hear my humble prayer, and grant me the favour that I ask for Thy honour and the glory of Thy Holy Name.
(taken from Franciscan Missal)
St. Colette, a Poor Clare Nun of 15th century France, was born to childless parents when her mother was in her 60th year. Because of this remarkable event, she is invoked by childless couples desiring to become parents.
Her extraordinary intervention for a woman dying in childbirth has made her likewise the patron of expectant mother. Her multiple wonders on behalf of sick infants have inspired parents to turn to her in this need also.
Prayer to Matt Talbot
Lord, in your servant Matt Talbot, you have given us a wonderful example of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty and of life-long reverence for the Most Holy Sacrament. May his life of prayer and penance give us courage to take up our crosses and follow in the footsteps of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Father, if it be your will that your beloved servant should be glorified by your Church, make known by your heavenly favours the power he enjoys in you sight. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord.