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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Universal Prayer ~ attributed to Pope Clement XI

The Universal Prayer

~ attributed to Pope Clement XI

Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith.
I trust in you: strengthen my trust.
I love you: let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.

I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
And call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
Correct me with your justice,
Comfort me with your mercy,
Protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;
My words: to have you for their theme;
My actions: to reflect my love for you;
My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me:
In the way you ask,
For as long as you ask,
Because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
Strengthen my will,
Purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
And to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weaknesses
And to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
A Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch,
Those under my authority,
My friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
Greed by generosity,
Apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
And reach out toward others.

Make me prudent in planning,
Courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
Temperate in food and drink,
Diligent in my work,
Firm in my good intentions.

Let my conscience be clear,
My conduct without fault,
My speech blameless,
My life well-ordered.
Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish your love for me,
Keep your law,
And come at last to your salvation.

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
That my true future is the happiness of heaven,
That life on earth is short,
And the life to come eternal.

Help me to prepare for death
With a proper fear of judgment,
But a greater trust in your goodness.
Lead me safely through death
To the endless joy of heaven.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Labels: Prayer, Catholic

Prayers of the Faithful ~ Good Friday Prayer Intentions

About The Good Friday Prayer ~ by PGA

I remembered reading it as 'Good Friday Universal Prayers' or something like that... anyway...

On Good Friday every year and in Catholic churches everywhere,
Catholics will prayed for you, no matter who you are or what you believe in.
May God pour his blessings upon you, that you may be richly blessed. Amen.

After we pray for...
the Catholic Church,
the Pope,
the Clergy & Laity of the Church, and
those Preparing for Baptism...

we continue to pray for...
Unity of Christians,
the Jewish People,
Those Who Do Not Believe in Christ,
Those Who Do Not Believe in God,
All in Public Office,
and all Those in Special Need.

In one way or another, you will be remembered in our prayers... always.

Details of the prayer is right after this line…


For the Church:

Let us pray, dear friends,
For the holy Church of God throughout the world,
That God the almighty Father
Guide it and gather it together
So that we many worship him
In peace and tranquility.

Almighty and eternal God,
You have shown your glory to all nations
in Christ, you Son.
Guide the work of your Church.
Help it to persevere in faith,
Proclaim you name,
And bring your salvation to people everywhere.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For the Pope:

Let us pray
For our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI
That God who chose him to be bishop
May give him health and strength
To guide and govern God’s holy people.

Almighty and eternal God,
You guide all things by your word,
You govern all Christian people.
In your love protect the Pope you have chosen for us.
Under his leadership deepen our faith
And make us better Christians.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For the Clergy and Laity of the Church:

Let us pray for N. our bishop,
For all bishops, priests, and deacons;
For all who have a special ministry in the Church
And for all God’s people.

Almighty and eternal God,
Your Spirit guides the Church
And makes it holy.
Listen to our prayers
And help each one of us
In his own vocation
To do you work more faithfully.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For Those Preparing for Baptism:

Let us pray for those among us preparing for baptism,
That God in his mercy
Make them responsive to his love,
Forgive their sins through the waters of new birth,
And give them life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and eternal God,
You continually bless your Church with new members.
Increase the faith and understanding
Of those among us preparing for baptism.
Give them a new birth in these living waters
And make them members of you chosen family.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For Unity of Christians:

Let us pray
For all our brothers and sisters
Who share our faith in Jesus Christ,
That God may gather and keep together in one church
All those who seek the truth with sincerity.

Almighty and eternal God,
You keep together those you have united.
Look kindly on all who follow Jesus your Son.
We are all consecrated to you by our common baptism.
Make us one in the fullness of faith,
And keep us one in the fellowship of love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For the Jewish People:

Let us pray
For the Jewish people,
The first to hear the word of God,
That they may continue to grow in the love of his name
And in faithfulness to his covenant.

Almighty and eternal God,
Long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity.
Listen to your Church as we pray
That the people you first made your own
May arrive at the fullness of redemption.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For Those Who Do Not Believe in Christ:

Let us pray
For those who do not believe in Christ,
That the light of the Holy Spirit
May show them the way to salvation.

Almighty and eternal God,
Enable those who do not acknowledge Christ
To find the truth
As they walk before you in sincerity of heart.
Help us to grow in love for one another,
To grasp more fully the mystery of your godhead,
And to become more perfect witnesses of your love
In the sight of men.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For Those Who Do Not Believe in God:

Let us pray
For those who do not believe in God,
that they may find him
By sincerely following all that is right.

Almighty and eternal God,
You created mankind
So that all might long to find you
And have peace when you are found,
Grant that, in spite of the hurtful things
That stand in their way,
They may all recognize in the lives of Christians
The tokens of your love and mercy,
And gladly acknowledge you
As the one true God and Father of us all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For All in Public Office:

Let us pray
For those who serve us in public office,
That God may guide their minds and hearts,
So that all men may live in true peace and freedom.

Almighty and eternal God,
You know the longings of men’s hearts
And you protect their rights.
In your goodness
Watch over those in authority,
So that people everywhere may enjoy
Religious freedom, security, and peace.
We ask those through Christ our Lord.

For Those in Special Need:

Let us pray, dear friends,
That God the almighty Father
May heal the sick,
Comfort the dying,
Give safety to travelers,
Free those unjustly deprived of liberty,
And rid the world of falsehood,
Hunger and disease.

Almighty, ever-living God,
You give strength to the weary
And new courage to those who have lost heart.
Hear the prayers of all who call on you in trouble
That they may have the joy of receiving your help in their need.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Microsoft Word 2007 ~ How To Change Case?

Ever since I had to switch to Word 2007, I've been having problems finding the things I used to know. Sigh!

Microsoft Word 2007 ~ How To Change Case?
This is an excerpt. For a detailed explaination go to▼

The new way ~ In Word 2007, you have to readjust your thinking a little bit. 
Click the Home tab on the Ribbon and then find the Change Case button in the Font group. 
Click it, and you get what's billed as a Change Case "gallery" (Figure A), 
although it doesn't give you a live preview of your selection as other galleries do. 
It's really just a menu, but don't tell Microsoft.

Figure A ~ Microsoft Word 2007 ~ How To Change Case?

Quote ~ Skeleton In Your Closet

‎"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in 
your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."
~ George Bernard Shaw

Daily Mass Readings

Main ~ http://www.usccb.org/
Responsorial Psalms and Readings ~ Prayer & Worship ~ Liturgical Calendar

USCCB = United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
NAB = New American Bible

Will have to check with our Missal for slight difference in words used.
Useful to get 'Daily Mass Readings' & 'Responsorial Psalms'.


GIF ~ Dancing In The Rain.GIF


GIF ~ Fonz ~ 2 Thumbs-Up

I did do an earlier posting on this, but these are from another source. 
I've put them here just in case the older source links disappear.

2 Thumbs Up

What would the Fonz do?


STILLS (Not Animated)



Till My Heartaches ~ by Carol Banawa (Lyrics)

Got this song from a Filipino Movie. Nice song.
Don't worry... although the movie is in Filipino, the song is in English.

About The Song ~ Till My Heataches End

The movie's theme song which is a revival of Ella May Saison's hit back in the 90′s was sung by Carol Banawa.

This is the official music video of the song:
Till My Heartaches ~ by Carol Banawa
Lyrics ~ Till My Heartaches ~ by Carol Banawa

I recall when you said that you would never leave me
You told me more, so much more like when the time you whispered in my ear
There was heaven in my heart
I remember when you said that you'd be here forever

Then you left without even saying that you're leaving
I was hurt and it really won't be easy to forget yesterday
And I pray that you would stay
But then you're gone and, oh, so far away

I was afraid this time would come
I wasn't prepared to face this kind of hurtin' from within
I have learned to live my life beside you
Maybe I'll just dream of you tonight
And if into my dream you'll come and touch me once again
I'll just keep on dreaming till my heartaches end

And then you left without even saying that you're leaving
I was hurt and it really won't be easy to forget yesterday
And I pray that you would stay
But then you're gone and, oh, so far away

[Repeat CHORUS] Woh oh yeah

[Repeat CHORUS]

Keep on dreaming till my heartaches end…

About The Movie ~ Till My Heataches End
by Ria Limjap | Published: November 02, 2010

Allow me to gripe about the notions of romance in Pinoy romantic comedies. I've sat through about ten of them this year—that's roughly one rom com per month. Usually I have to sit through it alone—who am I kidding, I always sit through them alone—clutching my parmesan popcorn in the dark, surrounded by droves of giggling colegialas and their loyal gay BFFs, random couples on a date, and old ladies. Often I find the audience more interesting to watch than the movie itself, but I tried my best to concentrate on this one. 

Directed by veteran filmmaker Jose Javier Reyes, this romantic comedy is about a lonely girl named Agnes (Kim Chiu) and an ambitious boy named Paolo (Gerald Anderson) who "fall in love and fall out of love."  Fortunately, they picked a hot, young love team and surrounded them with fantastic character actors so the movie is relatively easy to watch. Unfortunately, the microphone taped under Gerald's tight white shirt was visible more than once. That wasn't easy to watch. I'm pretty sure those weren't his nipples because the wire was visible, too.

Kim Chiu is as cute as ever in her innocent doe- eyed way, but the character she plays is only Maria Clara on repeat: sweet, simple, subservient Pinay. She wears pearl studs and cardigans, she cries on her pink cell phone when she fights with her boyfriend. Kim looks the part perfectly, down to the delicate gold cross pendant hanging from her swanlike neck. But Agnes cries a little too much for my taste, perpetuating the stereotype that women cry all the time. In a token fighting-in-front-of-the-gate scene, her hot stuff boyfriend Paolo accuses her of exactly this and Agnes promptly starts crying.

Meanwhile, Gerald Anderson's Paolo is a poor boy with a lot to prove. From working odd jobs, he becomes a successful real estate agent, selling luxury condos with his sales partner Leah (super tan Desiree del Valle) who is always dressed more like a party girl than a realtor. When Paolo's lifestyle and attitude change, he has no more time for the conscientious Agnes, who's reviewing for her board exams. He has a fling with his co-worker, and takes it out on his doormat of a girlfriend. Paolo is a macho man in the making, with just enough boyishness to make him endearing. But he's already boorish and insensitive—discussing his relationship woes in a strip bar with beers and pole dancers in the background—but  poor Agnes loves her boyfriend so much she turns into a possessive nag, driving him into the arms of another woman, someone more sexually aggressive, emotionally supportive, and easily available.

By now you know that it is kind of inevitable that Paolo cheats on Agnes—the only real action that drives the story forward.  The movie is told in gossipy flashbacks, which is a clever device, but still not enough to give the story real backbone and pathos.

I'm sure a legion of fiercely loyal Kimerald fans don't mind watching their favorite love team go through the motions of first love, that is, "hold on to a relationship that's bound to end" which eerily echoes the recent controversy surrounding them. Has the Breakup Banner been raised over the house of Kimerald? Fans, discuss. 

Whatever the case may be, I'm sure the popularity of these two hardworking young actors will only translate to plenty of ticket sales—which is really the goal anyway. 

But perhaps my biggest gripe about this movie was the title song they picked: Till My Heartaches End, a very cheesy ballad from the nineties. Go, sing along. I know you want to do it. I did.

Here are some alternative listening:
Till My Heartaches ~ by Ella Mae Saison
Sounds like a very high-tenor singing this song.
Till My Heartaches ~ by Carol Banawa
03 ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrSfI4Nj-yE
Here's Carol Banawa again... this time with Lyrics flashed on the screen.