Monasteries of the Heart

Daily Prayers for Women

Click a day for that day's prayer. Photographs are by Bernadette Sullivan, OSB.

Litany of Mary
Glory to you, God of our Creator... Breath into us

new life, new meaning.

Glory to you, God our Savior... Lead us
in the way of peace and justice.

Glory to you, God, healing Spirit... Transform us

to empower others.

Mary, wellspring of peace — Be our guide.
Model of strength

Model of gentleness

Model of trust

Model of courage

Model of patience

Model of risk

Model of openness

Model of perseverance

Mother of the liberator — Pray for us. 

Mother of the homeless

Mother of the dying

Mother of the nonviolent

Widowed mother

Unwed mother

Mother of political prisoners

Mother of the condemned

Mother of an executed criminal

Oppressed woman — Lead us to life. 

Liberator of the oppressed

Marginalized woman

Comforter of the afflicted

Cause of our joy

Sign of contradiction

Breaker of bondage

Political refugee

Seeker of sanctuary

First disciple

Sharer in Christ’s ministry

Participant in Christ’s passion

Seeker of God’s will

Witness to Christ’s resurrection

Woman of mercy —Empower us. 

Woman of faith

Woman of contemplation

Woman of vision

Woman of wisdom and understanding

Woman of grace and truth

Woman, pregnant with hope

Woman, centered in God

Mary, Queen of Peace, we entrust our lives to you. 
 Shelter us from war, hatred and oppression.
 Teach us to live in peace, to educate ourselves for peace.
 Inspire us to act justly, to revere all God has made.
 Root peace firmly in our hearts and in our world.
 Amen.

Be not lax in celebrating.
Be not lazy in the festive service of God.
Be ablaze with enthusiasm.
Let us be an alive, burning offering
before the altar of God.
—Hildegard of Bingen

And then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind
And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both women and men will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another’s will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many
And than all will share equally in the Earth’s abundance
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old
And then all will nourish the young
And then all will cherish life’s creatures
And then all will live in harmony with each other and the Earth
And then everywhere will be called Eden again.
—Judy Chicago

O God,
help me to believe
the truth about myself—
no matter how beautiful it is!
—Macrina Wiederkehr

What is it
You want to change?
Your hair, your face, your body?
Why?

For God is
in love with all those things
and He might weep
when they are
gone.
—Catherine of Siena

Lord, in the presence of your love, I ask that you unite my work with your great work, and bring it to fulfillment. Just as a drop of water, poured into a river, becomes one with the flowing waters, so may all I do become part of all that you do. So that those with whom I live and work may also be drawn to your love.
—Gertrude of Helfta

I should like a great lake of finest ale
for the King of kings.
I should like a table of the choicest food
for the family of heaven.
Let the ale be made from the fruits of faith
and the food be forgiving love.

I should welcome the poor to my feast,
for they are God’s children.
I should welcome the sick to my feast,
for they are God’s joy.
Let the poor sit with Jesus at the highest place,
and the sick dance with the angels.

God bless the poor,
God bless the sick,
and bless our human race.
God bless our food,
God bless our drink;
all homes, O God, embrace.
—Brigid of Kildare Abbey