A Daily Personal Prayer Journal

(The Daily Personal Prayer Journal is a gathering of quotations from various sources, each of which might lead you to a quiet moment of prayer, of a sharing of love between you and God. Choose one and then use it as a springboard into prayer.)

June 3

Daily Thought from the Saints

"Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host. May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee and every will be subject to Thee!"

— St. Margaret Mary

Daily Scripture Verse

"My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways."

Proverbs 23:26

Daily Meditation

"Oh, how sweet and pleasant to that soul and to Me is holy prayer, made in the house of knowledge of self and of Me, opening the eye of the intellect to the light of faith, and the affections to the abundance of My charity, which was made visible to you, through My visible Only-begotten Son, who showed it to you with His blood! Which blood inebriates the soul and clothes her with the fire of divine charity, giving her the food of the Sacrament . . . that is to say, the food of the Body and Blood of My Son, wholly God and wholly man, administered to you by the hand of My vicar, who holds the key of the Blood."

— St. Catherine of Siena

Daily Catholic Wisdom

You say: it is finished, and you bowed your head in silence. It was finished, your path as a man on earth. From the beginning your throne of glory was prepared for you at the right side of the Father, and you ascended thereto. But you did not separate yourself from the earth. You were united to it for all time.

—St. Edith Stein
quoted in Fr. Florian Racine’s book, “Could You Not Watch with Me One Hour?”

A Prayer

Rev. Herbert Yost, C.S.C.

Lord, what must we do to be saved? How best can we do the work of God? The answer lies in listening to you, and not to the world’s cacophony which pulls us in a thousand different directions. Please help us to hear you more clearly today. Amen.

The Abbot’s Daily Lectio Divina
Abbot Austin Murphy, O.S.B., St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, IL

Psalm 19:10


    The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
    The statutes of the LORD are true,
all of them just.


How can the fear of the Lord endure forever? In heaven, there is no more fear. Perhaps this line in the psalm means that the fear of the Lord endures forever in its fruit. That is, it has an everlasting effect. By fearing God, we humble ourselves before God, so as to enter into a right relationship with Him. And that right relationship with God, brought about by fearing God, will continue in heaven for all eternity.


Lord, may I fear You, so as to be humble before You. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



("Thoughts from the Saints," Scripture Verse of the Day," and "Daily Meditation" are all taken from "Your Morning Offering" by The Catholic Company. "Daily Catholic Wisdom" is taken from CatholicWisdom.org.  from  The prayer comes from The University of Notre Dame's daily Gospel commentary. "The Abbot's Daily Lectio Divina" is written by Abbot Austin Murphy of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, IL.)

Father Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M.

A Franciscan Friar and Roman Catholic priest ordained in 1975, Fr. Lawrence has experience as a high school teacher (1970-1974, 1975-1979, 1986-1992), an itinerant preacher (1996-1999), an editor, and administrator. He has served as Executive Secretary (Secretary of the Province) for the Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province, headquartered in St. Louis, MO (1979-1984), Associate Novice Master (1984-1986), Post-Novitiate Formation (1986-1987), President of the Board of Directors of Mayslake Village, Oak Brook, Illinois (1987-1989), Associate Business Manager of St. Peter's Church, Chicago, IL (1992-1996) and Master of Postulants (1999-2004). From 2007 to 2021, he served as administrator of CUSA - an apostolate of persons with chronic illness and/or disability. 

Fr. Lawrence also has extensive experience as an editor and proof reader. After 20+ years of teaching English in a high school classroom, he has turned his language skills in the direction of publishing and editing. 

Fr. Lawrence also has more than forty years experience of teaching English as a second language to natives of Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, Austria, Vietnam, and Italy.

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