Fearless Friday: Prayer for Those Trying to Conceive

Today I am dedicating this Fearless Friday for all those married couples who are seeking to have a baby. I confess this is rather personal and has been weighing on my heart for a long time.

My husband and I have been trying for another baby ever since our son, Andrew, was eight months old. We were hoping to give him a sibling that was close in age; but; alas, that wasn’t meant to be. Andrew is five, almost 5 1/2 years old and still no baby brother or sister.

Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful for Andrew. He is a shining star in our lives and we love him dearly. I know that I am blessed to have him in my life and I can’t imaging living without him. Still, I can’t help but pray/wish that I could get pregnant again.

God’s wisdom is so far above us, and His will is best for us. In my head I understand all the practical reasons why the Lord may have kept us from getting another little blessing: unemployment/money issues, health issues, we were moving out of state, hubby was away for long periods and now I’m getting older. But, when Andrew pats my belly and asks: “Why doesn’t God give you another baby like other mommies?”, my heart aches.

God is ever faithful, and whether or not I ever have another child, I will bless His Holy Name. I know there are many women and families facing infertility, miscarriage, etc. and so I am praying for all of them. And if you are someone reading this blog who is in this situation, know that you are not alone and prayers are being sent up to heaven for you.

Prayer to Saint Gerard for Motherhood

O good St Gerard, powerful intercessor before God and wonder worker of our day, confidently I call upon you and seek your aid. On Earth you always fulfilled God’s designs, help me now to do the holy will of God. Implore the Master of Life, from whom all paternity proceeds, to render me fruitful in offspring, that I may raise up children to God in this life, and in the world to come, heirs to the Kingdom of His Glory. Amen.

(Prayer courtesy of praying4ababy.com)

St. Gerard, pray for us!

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (August 29)

Welcome  to this week’s edition of Sunday Snippets! Why don’t you share what you’ve been blogging with us at RAnn’s?

On Sunday, it was the (uncelebrated) feast of the Queenship of Mary.

On Monday, I shared my Secret to Holiness.

On Tuesday, it was all about my Top Ten Favorite Christian Books.

On Wednesday, I discovered The Discipline Jar which has made a HUGE difference in my son’s behavior!

On Thursday, it was (not quite!) wordless, with Andrew showing off a Proud Moment.

On Fearless Friday, the feast of Saint Monica, we joined in prayer for the conversion of sinners.

Have a wonderful week!

Fearless Friday: For the Conversion of Sinners

Today is the feast of Saint Monica, so it is fitting that I dedicate today to praying for the conversion of sinners for today’s Fearless Friday. We all have family members, friends, co-workers and acquaintances who are far from the Lord and I’m sure it often weighs heavy on our hearts.

Take heart! Saint Monica prayed some 20 years for the conversion of husband and son, Saint Augustine of Hippo. As long as there’s life there’s hope. I truly believe that our prayers for those far from the Lord brings down many graces upon them.

Prayer for the Conversion of Sinners

Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful Savior of the world, we humbly beseech You, by Your most Sacred Heart, that all the sheep who stray out of Your fold may in one days be converted to You, the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls, who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.

Amen.

(Prayer courtesy of catholic.org)

Fearless Friday: Prayer for Cancer Patients

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It seems like every time I turn around lately somebody I know and love (or know of) has been recently diagnosed with some form of cancer: lung cancer, colon cancer, throat cancer.

So, I am dedicating today to pray for those with cancer, for their families and caretakers. I pray that the Lord heals them if it be His will, or comfort and strength as they deal with their disease.

Prayer to St. Anthony for Those Suffering with Cancer

Dear St. Anthony, you recognized Our Lord Jesus as the Divine Healer. In your goodness and kindness, please intercede for all those who are suffering from cancer.

If it is God’s will, I ask that this day, the gift of healing be granted to them. Comfort them during times of unbearable pain, and ask our Lord to grant them peace and patience in suffering.

May God give them the fullness of life here on earth, or call them home to eternal glory forever. Amen.

(H/T to saintfrancis.net, where I found this prayer.)

Come join us every week for Fearless Friday where we commit to praying for one another!)

Fearless Friday: Prayer for our Families

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Today is my brother’s 36th (I think!) birthday. He’s a great guy who has had to deal with lots of “stuff” over the years. He struggles a lot and I’m not really sure where he stands in regards to his faith. Still, I love him dearly and so grateful to have him as my brother. Please, if you can, do say a little prayer for him.

I am also praying for all of our families. Those who are far from the Lord, those who are close to the Lord and those who are somewhere in between. I am praying for all our family members who are struggling with difficulties, those who are sick and for those who are rejoicing. In short, I am praying for all the special intentions of our families!

Prayer for a Family

O God of goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly guidance we commend our family, our household and all our belongings.
We commit all to Thy love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as Thou didst fill the holy House of Nazareth with Thy presence. Keep far from us, above all else, the blemish of sin, and do Thou alone reign in our midst by Thy law,
by Thy most holy love and by the exercise of every Christian virtue. Let each one of us obey Thee, love Thee and set himself to follow in his own life Thine example, that of Mary, Thy Mother and our Mother most loving, and that of Thy blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.

Protect us and our house from all evils and misfortunes, but grant that we may be ever resigned to Thy divine will even in the sorrows which it shall please Thee to send us. Finally give unto all of us the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fullness of love toward our neighbor. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Thy holy Sacraments at the hour of death.
O Jesus, bless us and protect us.

O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit, reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping,
that so we may be made worthy of His promises.

Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Savior, guardian of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us and defend our home at all times.

Saint Michael, defend us against all the evil cunning of hell.

Saint Gabriel, make us to understand the holy will of God.

Saint Raphael, preserve us from all sickness and from every danger to our lives.

Our holy Guardian Angels, keep our feet safely on the path of salvation both day and night.

Our holy Patrons, pray for us before the throne of God. Yea, bless this house,

O God the Father, who hast created us;

O God the Son, who hast suffered for us upon the holy Cross,

and Thou, O Holy Spirit, who hast sanctified us in holy Baptism.

May the one God in three Divine Persons preserve our bodies, purify our minds, direct our hearts and bring us all to everlasting life.

Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost!

Amen.

(Prayer found at catholic.org)

Come join us over at Free Spirit Haven and add your prayer intentions!

Fearless Friday: Prayers of Thanksgiving

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“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” Psalm 100:4

The Psalms are a wealth of inspiration for thanking and praising the Lord, aren’t they? 🙂

For today’s Fearless Friday I am offering prayers of thanksgiving. Prayers in gratitude for answered prayers and graces received.

You may recall that in last week’s Fearless Friday I prayed for those unemployed – including my husband who has been unemployed for many months. Well, he was offered the job he interviewed for this past Tuesday! He starts next Wednesday, so until he is actually working and gets his first paycheck, we are being cautious in our celebration; however, we are delighted and so grateful for this opportunity.

I have to tell on myself, though. As I was offering a prayer of thanksgiving, I realized that I don’t thank God as I should. Not even close to thanking Him enough. So often I am like those 9 out of the 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus and ran off to show themselves to the Pharisees and Scribes without any thought to giving thanks. How many ways does the Lord bless me each day that I don’t even realize or thank Him for?

In that vein, would you pray in thanksgiving with me?*

We praise and thank you, Lord for the countless blessings you bestow on us each day! Thank You for the new job Michael will be starting. Bless him and help him to do his work faithfully and well. We pray also Lord, for those still out of work. I know You will find work for them soon.

We thank You for the gift of faith. Thank You for opening our eyes to Your love and mercy. Open the hearts of all our family and friends and everyone else who do not know You or do  not love You. May their hearts be converted to Your loving ways.

We thank You Lord for all the joys, sufferings, hopes, failings and mundane activities of our day. We know that with You all the little and mundane activities of our day is elevated, transformed and made holy in Your sight.

And most importantly, Lord Jesus, we praise and thank you for lowering yourself into becoming like us, for working Your miracles upon the earth and proclaiming the Good News. We praise and thank you for suffering and dying a wretched death on the cross for us and for gloriously rising from the dead. We know that You are the mighty Victor, the one who is to come again! We praise You, we thank You, we glorify Your name!

We thank You for sending the Holy Spirit and remain present with us through Holy Mother Church and the sacramental life. We thank You for Your real presence in the Eucharist. We thank You for continuing to work in us and through us. We thank You for continuing to work miracles in our lives, whether we realize them or  not! We give you thanks, Jesus, for all things. Amen

What are you thankful for this week? What are your intentions this week? Leave your intention in the comments or better yet, head over to Free Spirit Haven and add your prayers. 🙂

(*I just made the prayer up from my heart, so please forgive any errors or omissions or faults the prayer has.)

Fearless Fridays: Prayers for Employment

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Fearless Friday is hosted by Free Spirit Haven who has committed herself to pray for the needs of others. I am so touched by this and want to add my prayers with hers.

In particular, I am praying today for all those who are unemployed. My husband has been out of work for a while now, so we can absolutely relate with those who are in the same boat as us. He has put in so many applications and went to so many interviews and at times he gets discouraged, but still carries on.

So today, I ask for prayers for my husband that he gets a good job soon and I commit to praying for the thousands of others looking for work as well.

God bless!

Prayer need for a family member with lung cancer

Yesterday, my cousin (technically my cousin’s wife) found out that she has stage three lung cancer. The doctors are giving her about two-three months. It is heartbreaking for the whole family. She is only 55. My heart is heavy and I am so sorry for her.

She’s a fighter though. She told my mom that she is going to enjoy this weekend with her family before starting chemo. She’s going to do all she can.

Please in your kindness, pray for Michelle, that God give her the peace and courage that she needs. That she be healed if it be His will and that she has acceptance, whatever the outcome. Also, please say a prayer for the family; especially her husband (my actual cousin) and her children.  Thanks.

Prayer to St. Peregrine

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.

For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying) – For Michelle and all those suffering with any form of cancer. –

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.

Amen.

(hat-tip to EWTN)

Btw, Let me pray for you, too. If you have any prayer requests, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the prayer list in my journal. God bless.