Prayers for Schools and the Church
Please keep the following intentions in your prayers as we seek to supernaturally support our beloved Church and schools. Please submit your intentions to be included on this page to the prayermaster.
Please pray for the NAPCIS member schools, current and future, that they persevere with charity and fortitude in their labors for authentic and faithful Catholic education in their neighborhoods and local Church.
Prayer for the Supreme Pontiff Francis
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Cardinal Mercier said about this prayer: I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order to enter into yourself. Then, in the sanctity of your baptized soul (which is the temple of the Holy Ghost) speak to that Diving Spirit, saying to Him:
Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore Thee. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what to say and do. Give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will. Amen.
Prayer for Teachers of Pope Pius XII
O Word Incarnate, Teacher of teachers, our beloved Jesus, who didst deign to come into the world in order to point out to mankind, in Thine infinite wisdom and inexhaustible goodness, the way to heaven, graciously hear the humble supplications of those who, following in Thy footsteps, desire to be Catholic teachers worthy of that name, and to guide souls in the sure paths that lead to Thee and through Thee to eternal happiness.
Grant us Thy light, that we may be able not only to avoid the snares and pitfalls of error, but also to penetrate into the nature of truth so as to attain to that clarity of insight which causes what is most essential to become most simple, and therefore best adapted to the minds even of little ones, in whom Thy divine simplicity is most clearly reflected. Visit us with the assistance of Thy Creator Spirit, so that when we are commanded to teach the doctrines of faith we will be able to teach them as they should be taught.
Give us the power to adapt ourselves to the still immature minds of our pupils; to encourage their splendid, youthful energies; to understand their defects; to endure their restlessness; to make ourselves as little children, without giving up due authority, thus imitating Thee, dear Lord, who didst make Thyself as one of us without abandoning the lofty throne of Thy divine nature.
Above all, fill us with Thy Spirit of love: love for Thee, our kind and only Teacher, that we may sacrifice ourselves in Thy holy service; love for our profession, that we may see in it a high vocation and not merely an ordinary occupation; love of our own sanctification, as the chief source of our labors and our apostolate; love of the truth, that we may never deliberately betray it; love of souls, whom we are to mold and fashion to truth and goodness; love of our pupils, that we may train them to be exemplary citizens and faithful children of the Church; love for our beloved youths and children, that we may feel toward them a true, paternal affection that is more sublime, more deliberate, and more unselfish than that of their natural parents.
And do thou, O Mary, our holy mother, under whose loving eyes the youthful Jesus grew in wisdom and in grace, be our intercessor with thy divine Son and obtain for us an abundance of heavenly graces, that our labors may redound to the glory of Him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.
December 28, 1957
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