31 Days of Prayer – Prayer for Daily Neglects

Yesterday, I encouraged you to begin your day by putting on the Armor of God. Today, I want to encourage you to end your day by praying for daily neglects.

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This prayer is included in the Pieta Prayer book. As far as I know, the prayer is attributed to “a Poor Claire nun” and otherwise anonymous.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred heart of Jesus, with all its Love, all its Sufferings and all its Merits.

First: to expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Second: to purify the good I have done badly this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father, and to the son…

Third: To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and during all my life. Glory be to the Father, and to the son…

Isn’t this a great prayer? You can print it out here and hopefully will start praying it every day.

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Why You Should Pray Novenas (and How to Pray Them)

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As Catholics, prayer is an essential element to living an authentic spiritual life. There are many ways to pray and one of my favorite ways is by praying a novena. If you haven’t prayed a novena yet, I hope the following tutorial will convince you to give it a try.

What is a novena?

Traditionally, a novena is a prayer that is said everyday for nine days straight. (The root of novena is “novem” which means nine.) There are, however, other types of novenas, such as the St. Andrew Christmas novena which is 26 days. There are also novenas where the prayer is repeated several times a day like the Glory Be to the Father novena.  There are even novenas that are prayed weekly or monthly such as the Sacred Heart Devotion. However, normally, a novena is one prayer said once a day for nine days.

Why pray a novena?

Novenas are beautiful and a very efficacious type of prayer. The prayers are often centered on a particular theme and thus can help you stay focused in prayer, particularly when you are praying for special intention. Additionally, if you are in the habit of praying regularly, praying a  novena elevate your prayer life to the next level. On the flip side, if you are not in the habit of praying, a novena can help you get back into the habit of prayer.

How do you pray a novena?

Usually, especially for a big feast day like Divine Mercy Sunday or the Immaculate Conception, you will use preset prayers. You can find those prayers online or in a Catholic prayer-book. Thus, all you have to do is follow along the prayers for each day. There are many, many different novena prayers that can be said in honor a saint, a feast day, or other need.

There are other ways to pray a novena as well. Really, you can make up your own prayers and pray a novena at any time for any intention. For example, you can pray a novena of Hail Marys every day for nine days for a loved one who is ill, looking for a job, or in thanksgiving for favors received. Another idea is to pray short aspiration prayer for nine days for you and your spouse before your wedding anniversary (or for another couple).

There are many ways of praying a novena and the types of prayers prayed in a novena are endless. You could even do a novena for 12 days or 24 days or even three or five days if that works for you. The basic idea is the same: a set of prayers (or single prayer) said over the course of several days or weeks.

I encourage you to pray a novena soon. And when you do, let me know how it went. I am sure it will enrich your prayer life as it has done for mine!

Other resources to learn about novenas

New Advent

About.com

praymorenovenas.com This is a great site that I found that automatically sends you the prayers of a novena as they come up during the year. it’s website states, ” The PrayMoreNovenas.com community prays 1 novena together each month. You will get the novena prayers for each monthly novena delivered to your inbox on the morning of each day.” This is very handy if you are interested in praying more novenas or at least want to be informed of the various novenas as they come up. I signed up for the emails and although I don’t pray every novena, every month, and impressed with the many different novena prayers that are offered.

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Saints and Feast Days for June 2016

Wow. We are almost halfway through 2016. Wow, wow, wow! June has my favorite solemnity, the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Anyway, without further ado:

Saints and Feast days in June

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Saints and Feasts

June 1St. Justin, Martyr (obligatory memorial)

June 3: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (movable feast)

June 3: First Friday Devotions (optional)

June 4: Immaculate Heart of Mary (optional memorial – movable feast – day after Sacred Heart)

June 4: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

June 6: St. Norbert, bishop (optional memorial)

June 9: St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor of the church (optional memorial)

June 11: St. Barnabas, apostle (obligatory memorial)

June 13: St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

June 21: St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (obligatory memorial)

June 22: St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop (optional memorial)

June 22: Sts. John Fisher, Bishop and Thomas More, Martyrs (optional memorial)

June 24: Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 27: St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

June 28: St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr (obligatory memorial)

June 29: Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 30: The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (optional memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

June 14: Flag Day (USA)

June 19: Father’s Day (always 3rd Sunday of June)

June 20: 1st of summer

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The Sacred Heart = Compassion

I saw this video on Facebook, and I knew I had to share it here. (hat tip to 3 Boys and a Dog for first posting it of FB.) It is not long, but it will probably make you cry! It is the perfect video for the Sacred Heart because Jesus pours out His heart, His love, for us, and this video is a beautiful Human example of love:

May your day be blessed, and my you be inspired by this touching video!

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (June 29, 2014)

Sunday Snippets

It’s Saturday, which means another weekend of Sunday Snippets! This week I have three posts:

Weekly Goals

A mini-meditation for the Sacred Heart

Book Review: Journal of a Soul

Although not posts, I also put together two videos, a welcome video for my home page, and Five “Fun Facts” about me for my about page. I also did two more videos for new email subscribers (you will have to sign up to see those, hint, hint 😉 ).

Now for the question of the week: Tell us about your pastor.

We are really fortunate to have a holy, personable, and wonderful pastor. Father Jay loves the Church, loves his vocation, and loves the people of the parish. His homilies are thought-provoking, and he isn’t afraid to shy away from “controversal” topics. And yet, he does so with tact and kindness. He is truly a wonderful gift to the parish, and clearly, I like him a lot!

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is one of my favorite feast days: the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We know that the heart represents love and so this feast is yet another reminder of God’s great love for us, of the love that Jesus has for all of us; a love which compelled Him to become man, to spend 33 years on earth, to suffer horribly and die for us and to rise for us!

So for this week’s 7 Quick Takes I’d like to share some links about the Sacred Heart for you to pray over and think about:

1. EWTN devotionals.

2. SacredHeart.com.

3. SacredHeartDevotion.com.

4. Women for Faith and Family. (Page about the Sacred Heart.)

5. New Advent. (Doctrinal explanation of the feast.)

6. About.com. (History of the feast.)

7. Wikipedia. (Not a terrible explanation of the feast. 🙂 )

A blessed Solemnity, everyone!

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (June 3, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Memorial Day Tribute (This video is a tear jerker.)

Product Review: Journey with Jesus: Sacraments Catholic craft kit

Our Catholic Traditions: First Friday Devotions

7 Resources for Celebrating Trinity Sunday

Also, if you missed any of the prayers from the 31 Days With Mary, you can find them here. Remember, there’s no time in eternity. 🙂

Day 27

Day 28

Day 29

Day 30

Day 31

Our Catholic Traditions: First Friday Devotions

Are you familiar with First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? If not, read on! It is a rich and beautiful devotion that all Catholics should at least be aware of. 🙂

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What is the First Friday Devotion, you ask?

The First Friday Devotion was popularized by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. St. Margaret Mary was a mystic to whom the Lord appeared frequently and entrusted her with the mission of establishing devotion to His Sacred Heart.

Basically, the devotion consists of going to Mass and receiving Holy Communion for nine (9) consecutive first Fridays of the month. The person honoring this devotion will go to Mass with the particular intention of honoring Jesus’ Sacred Heart and in reparation for those who do not love Him or receive Him. In His own words, He said to St. Margaret Mary:

“I promise you in the excessive mercy of M Heart that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine first Fridays of consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they will not die under My displeasure or without receiving their sacraments, My divine Heart making itself their assured refuge at the last moment.”

Jesus actually made 12 promises to anyone who would honor Him by this devotion. This shows His amazing mercy and love: we give him a little thing, like the sacrifice of our time for Mass, and He gives back so much more!

Other Practices

Going to Mass and receiving Our Lord in Communion is the only requirement for the First Friday Devotion; however, that doesn’t mean you have to stop there. Some other practices to honor Our Lord’s Sacred Heart for First Friday (or any day!) include:

Our Lord’s heart bleeds for those who do not know Him or love Him or receive His precious Body and Blood. Many of us do not have the opportunity to go to daily Mass, but perhaps we can make the effort to make it one extra day a month? What do you say? Can you join with me in making reparation to Our Sweet Lord on the First Fridays of each month?

Further Reading

catholictradition.org

miraclerosarymission.org

catholic.net

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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Make our Hearts Like Unto Thine!

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Wordless Wednesday: Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Here’s an overview shot of the inside of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus located in downtown Atlanta, GA (which is much more beautiful than the outside!):

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

I wish I had the time to take some close-up and detailed shots of the various statues, the ceiling, the altar and, especially the face of Jesus on the crucifix (which stunning); but, alas, I didn’t. Maybe another time!

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P.S. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out my eBook giveaway! The drawing is on Thursday.