Welcome to our COVID Spiritual Resources page. Along with podcasts, vidoes, and more from our Friars, this page offers Live-Streamed Adoration, special prayers and more. During this time of uncertainty, we hope these offerings from the retreat center Friars and staff add to your well-being.
Blessing of Saint Francis
May the Lord bless you. May the Lord keep you. May He show His face to you and have mercy. May He turn to you His countenance and give you peace. The Lord bless you.
–We invite you to join us for our new series – Pathways to Prayer
-Ordinary Time in not so Ordinary Times – an eight-part series on living in the light of our spirituality during the unique era brought about by the Covid 19 virus
-Tributes to Loved ones Past – Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake – shared by the Friars and Retreat Presenters
-Finding Beauty and Meaning in Day to Day Living – Retreat presenter Cindy Geiger
-Cultivating Tenderness during the Covid 19 Virus Era – Retreat presenter Jayne Krim and Bob Beck
-Guided Prayer Session, number two of three
-Abundant Life in the Midst of the Pandemic with Retreat presenters Steve and Debbie Koop
-Guided Prayer Session with the Friars of the Franciscan Retreat Center, music and singing from retreat musician Chris Martin
-When We Might Not Recognize Jesus in our Midst with Fathers Jim Van Dorn and Jim Kent
-When Mercy Seems Far Away by Kathy Berken
-Easter Video with Retreat Director Brother Bob Roddy and Father Richard Kaley
–Palm Sunday Discussion with Fathers Jim Van Dorn and Jim Kent
Live Stream Adoration links from around the world:
This page offers over 30 different Live-Streamed Adoration chapels from all around the world.
Click here for Online Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration options.
Spiritual Communion Prayers:
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen. (St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori)
At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee the repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental Communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen. (Raphael Cardinal Merry del Val)
Pope Francis’s Prayer for the Intercession and Protection of our Blessed Mother Mary:
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the all people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrow to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, But deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen Hail Mary, full of grace . . .
Prayers for Priests and Church Leaders (as used in Steve and Debbie Koop’s podcast, Abundant Life in the Midst of the Pandemic):
Prayer of St. Teresa of Calcutta
“Mary, Loving Mother of priests, protect our priests and bishops, guide them, and keep them in your heart. Be a mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness. Keep their minds filled with Jesus and put Jesus always on their lips. Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted. Dear Mary, make our shepherds humble like you, and holy like Jesus.” Amen.
Prayer of St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Priests
“May our priests and bishops be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd. May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining models of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of your grace in the sacraments.” Amen.