31 Days of Prayer – Our Father

Toward the beginning of this challenge, I put a spotlight on the Hail Mary. Today, I want to highlight one of the most important prayers we can pray: the Our Father.

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Of course, what makes the Our Father so unique and powerful is that it is the prayer given to us by Jesus Himself.

Every word of the Our Father is so rich and full of meaning. The very first words, Our Father, is amazing. It was particularly amazing in Jesus’ time.

I hope you will take some time to slowly and carefully pray this prayer that you probably have been taught as a child. Meditate on the words and let them sink in. Let them fill you. Let them challenge you. Let them change you.

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.”

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Offering to the Father

Offering to the Father

I found this beautiful prayer among some papers I was going through. The author is unknown but the prayer is being spread through the “Council of Marian Devotions and National Confraternity of the Lady of all Nations.” (Or so it says on paper I found the prayer on.)

Sincere Act of Offering to the Father

“Eternal Father, I unite all my sufferings and problems with the sufferings of Jesus, Your Son. I offer them to you for the conversion of sinners, especially the hardened and the lukewarm, and for the salvation of all souls so that not a single soul will go to hell. Amen.”

There are so many souls that have lost faith or live lives that are hardened and lukewarm (and I include myself as one of those) that may lose their eternal salvation as a result. Sadly, the “shiny objects” of this world seem so attractive when compared to an unseen God that they can be hard to resist. Couple that with a world that is so broken and where so many people are refused love from the very people who should give it to them. Therefore, please join me in prayer and offer everything we can to God for the conversion of sinners – including those of our own hearts!

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You can print out this prayer here (no opt-in required): Act of Offering to the Father

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My Thoughts on the Father Corapi Situation

There has been a big reaction on Twitter and around the blogosphere during the weekend over Father Corapi’s recent announcement, so you probably know about it by now. But for those who haven’t heard, Father Corapi is stepping down from public ministry as a priest and beginning a personal ministry through his new blog, TheBlackSheepDog.us. Apparently this is in response to the Church’s handing of the alleged accusations against Father Corapi.

As you look around the ‘net, you will see a lot of opinions: some in defense of Father Corapi’s decision, some in  (severe) criticism against Father Corapi and his decision, and a lot of speculation.

What I haven’t seen much of is a call to pray. Or a reminder to pray. We need to remember to pray for Father Corapi, for the woman who accused him (falsely or for real – whatever the case may be), for the bishops and leaders of Father Corapi’s religious order.

Only God, Father Corapi and the woman involved knows for sure what did and didn’t happen. The truth may or may not be revealed in our life time. Only God knows why the Bishop (s) involved has handled the situation as it has. Is Father’s decision to continue a personal ministry outside of the priesthood in defiance of the Church? I’ll let God be the judge of that.

Over the years Father Corapi’s preaching and ministry has touched the lives of many and have been the catalyst of many conversions – including people I know and knew personally. His leaving public priestly ministry will truly leave a hole in the Church.

(Hat tip to Cam over at A Woman’s Place, where I first heard about this.)

A Prayer for Fathers

“St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.”

– Pope John XXIII

(This and other Catholic prayers can be found at catholic.org)

Menu Madness: June 20-26, 2010

Another week, another menu. 🙂 Here’s what I’m planning for the coming week:

Breakfasts:

Sunday: Breakfast casserole
Monday: Oatmeal with raisins
Tuesday: Blueberry pancakes
Wednesday: Cereal with milk and banana
Thursday: Oatmeal with cranberries
Friday: Fruit and yogurt platter
Saturday: Waffles and strawberries

Lunches:

Sunday: N/A
Monday: Ham and cheese sandwiches, green pepper sticks
Tuesday: Chicken salad, fruit cups
Wednesday: Tuna salad, carrot sticks
Thursday: Egg salad sandwiches, broccoli florets
Friday: Broiled tomatoes, avocado salad, crackers
Saturday: N/A

Suppers:

Sunday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, brownies*
Monday: Gazpacho (I am doubling the recipe found in “Going Solo in the Kitchen“), crackers
Tuesday: Hamburgers with lettuce and tomatoes, homemade baked french fries, raspberry jello
Wednesday: Angel hair pasta with homemade marinara sauce, garlic bread
Thursday: Turkey pot pie, apple sauce
Friday: Homemade cheese pizza, popcorn (family movie night!)
Saturday: Leftovers

*Michael starts his new job today (thank you Lord!) and has to work this weekend, so we will be celebrating Father’s Day next weekend.