God of power and mercy, you have made death itself the gateway to eternal life. Look with love on our dying brother/sister, and make him/her one with your Son in his suffering and death, that, sealed with the blood of Christ, he/she may come before you free from sin. Amen
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Father, your Son accepted sufferings to teach us the virtue of patience in human illness. Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brothers and sisters. May all who suffer pain, illness or disease realize that they are chosen to be saints, and to know that they are joined to Christ in his suffering for the salvation of the world, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Youthful Christ, who once did live through these puzzling “teenage” years, teach us how to guide our actions that each day may prove this truth. We teenagers are all anxious to be pure and upright youth.
Knowing of your love and kindness, we now pray that all may see “absent love” is the the chief reason for our crime and misery. If patience, love and understanding are sown and shared, from day to day; then peace and happiness will harvest all along our teenage way. Help our parents, guide our teachers from your heavenly home above. Let us grasp your hand in friendship, draw us closely to your side. Courage, strength, in faith deep rooted will be ours, with you as guide. Amen
Lord Jesus, when you lived and worked and talked amongst the people, they called you Teacher. Help me to remember the greatness of the work which has been given to me to do. Help me always to remember that I work with the most precious material in the world, the mind of a child. Help me always to remember that I am making marks upon that mind which time will never rub out.
Give me patience with those who are slow to learn, and even with those who refuse to learn. When I have to exercise discipline, help me to do so with sternness and yet with love. Keep me from the sarcastic and the biting tongue, and help me always to encourage and never to discourage those who are doing their best, even if that best is not very good.
Help me to help these children, not only to store things in their memories, but to be able to use their minds, and to think for themselves. And amidst the worries and the irritations and the frustrations of my vocation, help me to remember that the future of the Church, the nation and of the world is in my hands. This I ask for your love’s sake. Amen