Saturday, December 31, 2016
366 Project - Day 366 - "Praying After Midnight"
December 31, 2016 - "Praying After Midnight"
It's almost 1:00AM on the very last day of 2016... and there's no place I'd rather be right now than right here - in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at my parish - St. Marguerite Bourgeoys in Brookfield, CT.
I'm the only one here - other than the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament on the altar in front of me. It's very quiet... very calm... and the whispers of my prayers seem to echo back at me.
I pray - giving thanks for the year that is about to end... and for all of its ups and downs, smiles and frowns, happiness and sorrows. I give thanks for all of the lessons I've been blessed with learning this year...
... and I pray for tomorrow. I pray for the New Year - hoping for a year of blessings... of more ups than downs... more smiles than frowns... more happiness than sorrows. I pray that no matter what the New Year brings, I will have the faith, the courage and the strength to take up whatever crosses I might be given... and to walk faithfully towards the Lord.
I pray... for all of us. I pray for you... I pray for me. I pray for all people...
"Pater noster, qui es in cœlis... sanctificétur nomen tuum... advéniat regnum tuum... fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cœlo, et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie, et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostri. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem... sed líbera nos a malo. Amen."
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