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Year of the Priest: A Favorite Prayer from Fr. Val

Ave Maria Meditations

+ O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son & Holy Spirit, open my mind that I may think according to Your ways ­not according to man’s way or my way. Enlighten me, Lord, guard me, guide me, and teach me. Fill me with the most precious gifts of the Most Holy Trinity. Fill me with the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord – with genuine humility and obedience.

+ O Lord, open my lips only for You to speak and act through me, with me and in me all the days of my life. Without You, Lord – seal my lips (keep me silent).

+ O Lord, open my heart and fill it with eternal love, g1oty, praise, adoration and thanksgiving.

+ Fill my heart with deep eternal sorrow for all the sins of my life, not as I see my sins, but as You O Lord, see them. Fill my heart with deep eternal gratitude for creating me, redeeming me, sanctifying me, adopting me as your child and calling me to my h oly vocations.

+ Keep me faithful to Your teaching and never let me be parted from You, O Lord. Amen

Fr. Valerian Rykowski


At Holy Mass, Fr. Val was known to have tears.

I had the privilege of knowing Fr. Val.  And also his brother, a priest of over 55 years.

Fr. Val celebrated 65 years of holy priesthood last year.

He touched many souls including mine.

Sr. Joseph-Mary FTI

Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

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Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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