Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Blogging Plan!

Whew! So I made it through the Write 31 Days writing challenge! I feel a sense of accomplishment having managing to do every day of the challenge except one. At the same time, I am feeling a little tired and ready for a break. πŸ™‚

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Blogging Plan

Therefore, I am going back to my original blogging plan and will be writing twice a week. I am aiming for Wednesdays and Fridays, for the most part. We will see. However, no matter what, I will be blogging once a week.

I am hoping to start doing videos. I have been wanting to start doing videos for a while but it hasn’t worked out so far; hopefully, it will work out soon. I also have some raw, personal posts that I am writing – I’m just not sure if (or when) I will actually publish them.

Anyway, that is a long way around to say that I won’t be writing as much, mostly once or twice a week. πŸ™‚

God Bless!

31 Days of Prayer – Prayer for Vocations

Praying for vocations are near and dear to my heart. As some of you may know, I spent a number of years discerning a religious vocation with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Even though I do not have a vocation, spending time with those sisters was one the best things I’ve ever done. I learned so much about my faith, myself and others. Seriously, sometimes I think everyone should go through a noviate!

31 Days of Prayer - Prayer for Vocations

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Thus, as our month of prayer comes to a close, I think it is fitting and proper to pray for vocations. We need holy priests, brothers, and sisters in the Church!

This prayer for vocations comes from the USCCB website:

β€œLoving God, you call all who believe in you to grow perfect in love by following in the footsteps of Christ your Son. Call from among us more men and women who will serve you as religious. By their way of life, may they provide a convincing sign of your Kingdom for the Church and the whole world. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

In your prayers for vocations, don’t forget that marriage is a vocation, and so is the single life. We need to pray for holy and faithful marriages. We also need single lay faithful who are called to serve the church in various capacities! May the Lord send workers into His harvest!

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31 Days of Prayer – Saint Jude

Yesterday was the feast day of saints Simon and Jude. I was going to offer a prayer to Saint Jude yesterday; however, being Friday, it made more sense to do the Prayer Before A Crucifix. Thus, today we are going to pray to Saint Jude now. πŸ™‚

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Saint Jude is one of the Apostles and the patron saint of “hopeless causes.” We can go to him in our deepest needs and he will intercede on our behalf!

Here is a touching prayer to Saint Jude that I found on Catholic Online:

St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request), and that I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity. Amen.”

Saint Jude, pray for us!

(And, let’s not forget Saint Simon. Saint Simon, pray for us!)

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31 Days of Prayer – Prayer Before a Crucifix

Did you know that every Friday during the year is dedicated to the Passion of Jesus, not just during Lent? As we near the end of October and head into All Saints Day and All Souls day, I thought I would share this beautiful prayer before a Crucifix:

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Prayer Before A Crucifix

Look down upon me good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy Five Wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee my Jesus, ‘They have pierced My hands and My feet, the have numbered all My Bones.’ (Ps. 21: 17-18)*”

The church offers a partial indulgence when said before a crucifix after receiving communion and a plenary (complete) indulgence when said during the Fridays in Lent.

I love this prayer so much that I have developed a habit of praying this prayer whenever I receive communion, either on Sundays or daily mass. It is a poignant reminder of the suffering that Jesus endured for our sakes.

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*As far as I can tell, the author of this prayer is unknown and it is in public domain.

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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 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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31 Days of Prayer – Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Claret. He was a bishop and great preacher. He was also the confessor for Queen Isabella II.

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Saint Anthony was a fearless preacher and is a great example to us. We probably aren’t called to be preachers or missionaries but we are called to “preach” through our lives. May we follow his example and speak to others about Christ when we can and to let Christ shine in our lives.

Here is the prayer to Saint Anthony from the liturgy:

O God, who for the evangelization of peoples strengthened the Bishop Saint Anthony Mary Claret with admirable charity and long-suffering, grant, through his intercession, that, seeking the things that are yours, we may earnestly devote ourselves to winning our brothers and sisters for Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

Saint Anthony Mary Claret, pray for us!

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31 Days of Prayer – Saint John Paul II

Today is the optional memorial of our beloved Saint John Paul II!

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Here is a lovely prayer I found on EWTN:

O Holy Trinity, we thank you for having given to the Church Pope John Paul II, and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness, the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love

He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us holiness as the path to reach eternal communion with You.

Grant us, through his intercession, according to your will, the grace that we implore, in the hope that he will soon be numbered among your saints.
Amen.”

Saint John Paul II, pray for us!

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31 Days of Prayer – Prayer for Patience

As much as I hate it, I struggle with patience. I want it done and I want it done now! LOL! And sometimes, I’m just not so sweet about it. Therefore, I pray often for patience. Can you relate?

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I thought for today that we could pray for patience together. Pray to be patient and gentle with those around us. I found the following prayer a while ago but forgot about it but I think it would be perfect for today’s prayer:

Bestow on me, O Lord, a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance; a mild, loving, patient, heart; kindly looks, pleasant cordial speech, and manners in the exchange of daily life; that I may give offense to none, but as much as in lies live in charity with all men.

β€”-By Johann Arndt (1555-1621)

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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.

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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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