31 Days of Prayer – Act of Love

Over the last couple of days we prayed the Act of Faith and the Act of Hope. Today we will pray the Act of Love.

31 Days of Prayer - Act of Love

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The Act of Love (Charity) is a powerful and challenging prayer. In it we declare our love for God above all else and our willingness to forgive all.

O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.”

I admit that I do not love God above all things. I want to, but oh, I always mange to put myself first. What I want, what I need, what I desire. But, when I pray this prayer, I aspire to love God above all things!

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31 Days of Prayer – Act of Hope

Yesterday we prayed the Act of Faith. Today we will pray the Act of Hope.

31 Days of Prayer - Act of Hope

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The Act of Hope isn’t, “Oh God, I hope this will happen.” or “I hope so!” This prayer is an acknowledgement of our need for God and our hope for His guidance and help.

This is the traditional version of the prayer:

O my God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon for my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.”

Isn’t that a beautiful prayer?

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31 Days of Prayer – Act of Faith

For the next couple of days we are going to pray some traditional prayers. Today we are going to reaffirm our faith.

31 Days of Prayer - Act of Faith

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Today’s prayer is the Act of Faith. Of course, God doesn’t need us to make acts of faith. We do. By making a prayer of faith frequently we remind ourselves of our beliefs and encourage ourselves to live in faith. The following prayer is a prayer that I learned as a child and taught my son.

O my God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; I believe that Your Divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths that the holy Catholic Church teaches, because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen.”

Dear Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!

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