“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.”- Matthew 25:35
Prayer to Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe
St. Maximilian, amidst the hate and lonely misery of Auschwitz, you brought love into the lives of fellow captives and sowed the seeds of hope amidst despair. You bore witness to the world by word and deed that “Love alone creates.” Help me to become more like you. With the Church and Mary and you, may I proclaim that “Love alone creates.” To the hungry and oppressed, the naked and homeless, the scorned and hated, the lonely and despairing, may I proclaim the power of Christ’s love, which endures forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer for the Canonization of Father Baker
Lord, you gave us Your Servant Nelson Baker as an example of service to the poor, homeless, and young, By ‘Father Bakers’ ardent concern for those in need, inflame our hearts and lives with compassion for the poor, justice for the oppressed, hope for the troubled, and courage to those in doubt. We pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Victory, if it be Your will, that Your servant, Nelson Baker, may one day be canonized. Amen. (Glory Be… 3X)
For Help in Trials
Most holy apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered your beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless cases–of things despaired of. Pray for me who feels so hopeless. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, in particular (Maggie and her husband), and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise you, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.
God, through the prayers of St. Rita, may we learn to bear our crosses in life in the same spirit in which she bore hers. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph for the Unemployed
O Saint Joseph, we pray to you for those who are out of work, for those who want to earn their living or support their families.
You who are the patron of workers; grant that unemployment may vanish from our ranks; that all those who are ready to work may put their strength and abilities in serving their fellowmen and earn a just salary.
You are the patron of families; do not let those who have children to support and raise lack the necessary means. Have pity on our brothers and sisters held down in unemployment and poverty because of sickness or social disorders. Help our political leaders and captains of industry find new and just solutions. May each and every one have the joy of contributing, according to his abilities, to the common prosperity by an honorable livelihood. Grant that we may all share together in the abundant goods God has given us and that we may help underprivileged countries. Amen.
Praying for the intercession of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, St. Edwin of Northumbria, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Lufthild and St. Margaret of Cortona Patron Saints against homelessness. Amen.
Praying for the intercession St. Cajetan Patron Saint of unemployed people. Amen.
Praying for the interecession of Servant of God Fr. Nelson Baker, Venerable Henriette Delille, Blessed Margaret of Castello, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Blessed Pope John Paul II, St. Camilla Battista da Varano, St. Mary MacKillop, St. Guila Salzano, St. Juana Josefa Cipitria Barriola, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Brother Andre Bessette, St. Stanislaw Soltys Kazimierczyk, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Marianne Cope, St. Pedro Calunsgod, and St. Anna Schäffer. Amen