June 28, 2008

Day 2 – For Steadfast Prayer

Enter into conversation with Jesus Crucified and discuss with Him all or just a few of your problems. …Chat with Him and ask His advice on all your affairs, whatever they may be.
(St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Letter to Carlo Magni)

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians (1 Thes 1:17-23; 27-28)

Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil. May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. …Brothers, pray for us (too). The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

A reading from the letter of St. Anthony Zaccaria to Carlo Magni

Enter into conversation with Jesus Crucified as familiarly as you would with me and discuss with Him all or just a few of your problems, according to the time at your disposal. Chat with Him and ask His advice on all your affairs, whatever they may be, whether spiritual or temporal, whether for yourself or for other people.
…If you practice this way of prayer, I can assure you that little by little you will derive from it both great spiritual profit and an ever-greater love relationship with Christ. I am not going to add anything else, for I want experience to speak for itself.

Saint Anthony, Man ever absorbed in prayer… Pray for us
Saint Anthony, True Lover of Christ … Pray for us.
Saint Anthony, Imitator and Missionary of the Crucified Lord …Pray for us.

Christ Redeemer, you found Saint Anthony Mary in steadfast, compassionate and loving conversation with you, the suffering One, grant us to make progress on the way of the Cross toward the glory of the resurrection. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory be to the Father …

Prayer to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Saint Anthony Zaccaria ,helper of the poor and the sick, you who devoted your life to our spiritual welfare, listen to my humble and hopeful prayer. Continue your work as doctor and priest by obtaining from GOD healing from my physical and moral sickness, so that free from all evil and sin, I may love the LORD with joy, fulfill with fidelity my duties, work generously for the good of my brothers and sisters, and for my sanctification. AMEN

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