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A Mother

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A mother\'s love is something that no one can
explain, it is made of deep devotion and of
sacrifice and pain, it is endless and unselfish,
and enduring, come what may. For nothing
can destroy it or take that love away.
It is patient and forgiving when all others are
forsaking, and it never fails or falters even
though the heart is breaking, it believes
beyond believing when the world around
condemns, and it glows with all the beauty of
the rarest, brightest gems...
It is far beyond defining, it defies all
explanation, and it still remains a secret, like
the mysteries of creation—A
many splendored miracle we cannot
understand, and another wondrous evidence
of God\'s tender, guiding hand.
Afterglow

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AFTER GLOW
I\'d like the memory of me
to be a happy one,
I\'d like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when day is done.
I\'d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing
times and bright and sunny days.
I\'d like the tears of those who
grieve to dry before the sun,
Of happy memories that I
leave behind When day is done.
Cardinal Newman

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May He support us all the day
long, till the shades lengthen
and the evening comes, and
the busy world is hushed and
the fever of life is over and our
work is done. Then in His
mercy may He give us a safe
lodging and a Holy rest and
peace at the last.
--- Cardinal Newman
Ecclesiastes

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To every thing there is a season and a time to
every purpose under heaven;
A time to be born and a time to die; A time to
plant, and a time to pluck up that which is
planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A
time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time
to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time
to gather stones together; A time to embrace,
and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time
to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, A time to sew, A time
to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.
Fireman

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When I am called to duty, God,
whenever flames may rage, give me
strength to save some life, whatever be
its age. Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late, or save an older
person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the
weakest shout, and quickly, and
efficiently to put the fire out. I want to
fill my calling, and to give the best in
me, to guard my every neighbor and
protect his property. And if, according
to my fate, I am to lose my life, please
bless with your protecting hand my
family, friends, and wife
Footprints

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One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking
along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed
scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand, one belonging to him, and the other
the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked
back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many
times along the path of his life there was only one set of
footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the
very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about
it. \"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you\'d
walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the
most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of
footprints. I don\'t understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me.\"

The LORD replied, \"My precious, precious child, I love you
and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and
suffering, when you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.\"
Gentle Face

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Your gentle face and patient smile,
With sadness we recall,
You had a kindly word for each
And died beloved by all.
The voice is mute and stiffed the heart
That loved us well and true,
Ah, bitter was the trial to part
From one so good as you.
You are not forgotten loved one
Nor will you ever be
As long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
As time goes by, we miss you more,
Your loving smile, your gentle face,
No one can take your vacant place.
God

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God looked around His garden
and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth
and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
and lifted you to rest
God\'s garden must be beautiful -
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering -
He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
get well upon this earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids,
and whispered, \"Peace be Thine\".
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you didn\'t go alone.
Part of us went with you -
the day God called you home!
Good Fight

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I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.

Henceforth there is laid up
for me a crown of
righteousness with the Lord,
the righteous judge shall
give me at that day.
Hail Mary

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Hail Mary full of grace
the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou amongst
women, and blessed is the
fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.
Indian Prayer

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Do not stand at
my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand
winds that blow.
I am the diamond
glint of snow.
I am the sunlight on
ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake
in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand
at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die.
Irish Blessing

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May the road rise to
meet you.
May the wind be always
at your back.
May the sun shine warm
upon your face.
May the rains fall soft
upon your fields.
And until we meet again.
May God hold you in the
palm of His hand.
Lord

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Our Father who art
In heaven, Hallowed
be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done
on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us
our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil. Amen
Lord

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Our Father which art in
heaven, hallowed be Thy
name. Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven. Give us
this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil;
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the
glory for ever. Amen
Memorare

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Remember O most gracious
Virgin Mary that never was it
known that anyone who fled to
Thy protection, implored Thy
help, and sought Thy intercession
was left unaided, Inspired with
this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O
Virgin of virgins, My Mother! to
Thee I come; before Thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful. Oh Mother
of the Word incarnate! Despise
not my petitions, but, in Thy
mercy, hear and answer me.
Amen.
Numbers 6:24-26

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\"The Lord bless you
and keep you:
The Lord make his face
to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you:
The Lord lift up
his countenance upon you,
and give you peace\"
O Gentlest Heart of Jesus

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Gentlest Heart of Jesus,
ever present in the
Blessed Sacrament,
ever consumed with burning
love for the poor captive souls
in Purgatory, Have mercy on
the Soul of Thy departed servant.
Be not severe in Thy judgment
but let some drops of Thy
precious blood fall upon the
devouring flames, and do Thou
O merciful Savior send thy
angels to conduct Thy departed
servant to a place of refreshment,
light, and peace. May the souls of
all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen.
Policeman

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St. Michael, Heaven\'s glorious Commissioner
of Police, who once so neatly and successfully
cleared God\'s premises of all it\'s undesirables,
look with kindly and professional eye on your
earthly force. Give us cool heads, stout hearts,
hard punches, an uncanny flair for investigation,
and wise judgment. Make us the terror of burglars,
the friend of children and law-abiding citizens,
kind to strangers, polite to bores, strict with
law-breakers, and impervious to temptations.
You know, St. Michael, from your own
experiences with the devil, that the policeman\'s
lot on Earth is not always a happy one; but
your sense of duty that so pleased God, your
hard knocks that so surprised the devil, and
your angelic self-control give us inspiration.
And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll
us in your Heavenly Force, where we will be
as proud to guard the throne of God, as we
have been to guard the city of men. Amen.
Prayer to Saint Anthony

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O most amiable Protector,
St. Anthony of Padua, what
worthy gift can I possibly
offer you to show my gratitude?

I have nothing that is worthy
of you; but I offer you all the
esteem, in which you are
continuously held throughout
the world, and all the miracles
with which you have filled the
Church, even to the benefit of
those outside its fold: all these,
admirable Saint Anthony, please
express my humble thanks for
everything to God the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit,
and to the Most Blessed Virgin
Mary through endless ages. Amen
Prayer to Saint Joseph

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Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection
is so great, so strong, so prompt
before the throne of God, I place
in you all my interest and desires.
O St. Joseph, do assist me by your
powerful intercession, and obtain
for me from your divine foster-Son
all spiritual blessings, through Jesus
Christ, our Lord; so that, having
engaged here below your heavenly
power, I may offer my thanksgiving
and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary
contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in
your arms; I dare not approach while
He reposes near your heart. Press Him
in my name and kiss His fine head for
me and ask Him to return the kiss when
I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph
patron of departing souls, pray for us.
Amen..
Psalm 121

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I will lift up mine eyes unto
the hills, from whence cometh
my help. My help cometh from
the Lord, which made heaven
and earth. He will not suffer thy
foot to be moved; He that keepeth
thee will not slumber. Behold,
He that keepeth Israel shall neither
slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy
keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon
the right hand. The sun shall not
smite thee by day, nor the moon
by night. The Lord shall preserve
thee from all evil; He shall preserve
thy soul. The Lord shall preserve
thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth,
and even forever more.
Psalm 23

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall
not want.
He maketh me to lie down in
green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth
me in the paths of righteousness
for his name\'s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil: for Thou art
with me: Thy rod and Thy staff they
comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in
the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil:
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of
the Lord for ever.
Remember Me

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To the living I am gone,
To the sorrowful I will never return.
I am at peace with myself
and the Lord.
I cannot speak, but I can listen
I cannot be seen but I can be heard.
So remember me in your
heart and thoughts,
Remember me in your memories,
Remember the times we loved,
Remember the times we laughed,
Remember the times we cried,
Remember the times we fought
And always remember the
time we had together.
I am resting in peace with the
hope that some day we shall all
unite again in God\'s Kingdom.
Safely Home

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I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
You shall rest in God\'s own land.
There is work still waiting for you.
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth-
You shall rest in God\'s own land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
Saint Francis Peace Prayer

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Lord make me an instrument of
your peace, where there is hatred,
let me show love, where there is
injury, pardon, where there is
doubt, faith, where there is despair,
hope, where there is darkness, light,
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as
to console; to be understood as to
understand, to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are
pardoned, and it is in dying that
we are born to eternal life.
St. Francis of Assisi
Serenity Prayer

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The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the Serenity
to accept the things I
cannot change...

Courage to change the
things that I can and the
Wisdom to know
the difference
Amen

Stopping Place

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Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what\'s to be,
A resting place along the road
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn
some things,
But never meant to stay.
Our destination is a place
far greater than we know,
For some, the journey quicker,
For some the journey\'s slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We\'ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.
Sunshine

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May you always walk in sunshine
and God\'s love around you flow,
for the happiness you gave us,
no one will ever know.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone.
A part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
A million times we needed you,
a million times we cried,
if love alone could have saved you,
you never would have died.

The Lord be with you,
now and forever more
Tired

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God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
so he put his arms around you
And whispered \"Come to Me\".
With tearful eyes we watched
you, And saw you pass away
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest
God broke our hearts to
prove to us, He only takes
the best!
Togetherness

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Death is nothing at all. I have only
slipped away into the next room.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we are still. Call me by my old
familiar name, speak to me in the
easy way which you always used.
Laugh as we always laughed at the
little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be the household word
that it always was. Let it be spoken
without effort. Life means all that
it ever meant. It is the same as it
ever was; there is absolutely
unbroken continuity. Why should I be
out of your mind because I am out
of your sight? I am but waiting for you,
for an interval, somewhere very near,
just around the corner. All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it
was before-only better, infinitely
happier and for ever - we will be
all one together with Christ.

Toiled

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You toiled so hard
for those you loved.
You said goodbye to none,
your spirit flew before we knew,
your work on earth was done.
We miss you now,
our hearts are sore,
as time goes by we miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face:
no none can fill your vacant place.
Your life was love and labor.
Your love for your family true.
You did the best for all of us.
We will always remember you.
When I Must Leave You

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When I must leave you
for a little while. Please do
not grieve and shed wild tears,
And hug your sorrow
to you through the years.
But start out bravely with a
gallant smile, And for my
sake and in my name live on
and do all things the same. Feed
not your loneliness on empty
days, but fill each waking hour
in useful ways. Reach out your
hand in comfort and in cheer
and I will comfort you and hold
you near; And never never be
afraid to die, for I am waiting
for you In the sky!

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