St. Rita of Cascia Patroness of Impossible Causes and Hopeless Circumstances
Daily Prayer to Saint Rita
Dear Saint Rita,
during your entire life on earth
you found your happiness by following
the will of our heavenly Father.
Help me to be as trusting of God
in all his designs for me.
Help me this day to give myself
to him as you did, without limit,
without fear, without counting the cost.
Help me to be generous in serving
the needs of others, patient in all difficulties,
forgiving toward all who injure me.
Help me to learn more deeply
the great mystery of the cross of Jesus,
so that by embracing it as you did,
I may come to experience its power
to heal and to save.
Fresco in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Schwarzenberg, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1757
Prayer to Saint Matthias, the Apostle
O Glorious Saint Matthias,
in God’s design it fell upon you
to take the place of the unfortunate
Judas who betrayed his Master.
You were selected by the twofold sign
of the uprightness of your life
and the call of the Holy Spirit.
Obtain for us the grace to practice
the same uprightness of life
and to be called by the same Spirit
to wholehearted service of the Church.
Then after a life of zeal and good works
let us be ushered into your company
in heaven to sing forever the praises
of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
By Saint Catherine of Siena
Holy Spirit, come into my heart;
draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God,
and grant me charity with filial fear.
Preserve me, O ineffable Love,
from every evil thought;
warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love,
and every pain will seem light to me.
My Father, my sweet Lord,
help me in all my actions.
Jesus, love, Jesus, love.