31 Days of Prayer – The Rosary

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. So, naturally, I want to encourage you to pray the rosary.

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It took me a long time before I realized how powerful and wonderful and scriptural the rosary is. Now, I look forward to praying the rosary. If you are interested, go here to learn about Catholics and the Rosary, and here are some links about the rosary.

I wish I had the chance to make a video or had the opportunity to do a live chat so we could pray the rosary; It just isn’t possible today. However, here is a quick rundown on how to pray the rosary:

On the Cross: Make the sign of the cross, state your intention, and pray the Apostle’s Creed.

Large Bead: Pray an Our Father.

3 small beads: Hail Mary on each bead.

Large bead: Pray a Glory Be, announce the first mystery**, pray an Our Father.

10 small beads: Pray a Hail Mary on each bead.

Large bead: Pray the Glory Be, “Oh my Jesus,”* announce the second mystery, pray an Our Father.

10 small beads: Pray a Hail Mary on each bead.

Continue in this way, remembering to announce the next mystery, until you finish the fifth mystery.

Large bead: finish with the Hail Holy Queen and “Oh, God..” Make the sign of the cross.

*Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven. Amen.

**Joyful Mysteries of the rosary are: The Annunciation, The Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth, The Nativity of Jesus, The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, The Finding of Jesus at the Temple.

**Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary are: The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and fifth, The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.

**Luminous Mysteries of the rosary are: The Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan, The Wedding Feast at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom and call to Conversion, The Transfiguration, and The Institution of the Eucharist.

**Glorious Mysteries of the rosary are: The Resurrection of Jesus, The Ascension of Jesus, The Coming of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of Mary, and The Queenship of Mary.

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31 Days of Prayer – Saint Bruno

Saint Bruno, whose optional memorial we celebrate today, is the founder of the Carthusian monks. The Carthusians is the one of (if not the most) strictest religious order in the Catholic Church.

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The Carthusians spend their days in silence, penance and prayer. We may not be able to live our lives quite the same way as they do; however, we can strive to imitate some aspects of their spirituality. For example, we can make an effort to shut down some of the noise in our lives so that we can have some time of silence for the Lord. (Do we really need the TV or radio on all the time?) We can all make time for more prayer and if you don’t believe me, get a copy of my cheat sheet on how to make time for prayer. We can also do penance in small ways such not eating that second piece of cake, etc!

Today, let us ask Saint Bruno to intercede for us and to help us have a deep desire to live for God alone:

O God, who called Saint Bruno to serve you in solitude, grant, through his intercession, that amid the changes of this world we may constantly look to you alone. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

From the opening Mass for St. Bruno

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31 Days of Prayer – Guardian Angel

If yesterday hadn’t been a Sunday, it would have been the feast of the guardian angels. Sunday always takes precedence over any other memorials, feast days, and even most solemnities. However, I think it is important to remember our guardian angels.

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Most of us who are cradle Catholics are taught about angels at a young age. We picture angels who are sweet cherubs watching over us as we sleep. We are taught the prayer to our Guardian Angel. But, as we get older, devotion to our guardian angels fall by the wayside.

I would love to change that. I think we could all do well to remember our guardian angels (and all the angels). They are great protectors and guides that God has given us to help us on the way to salvation. And let’s be real. Some angels may be sweet and cherub-like but angels are spiritsĀ  and powerful warriors and defenders of the faith!

Additionally, whether we recognize them or not, our guardian angels are by our side always, not just while we are kids. Your angel is with you at this very moment.

So, today, let us pray the prayer to our guardian angel with devotion and fervor. Let us remember to talk to our angels and ask for their assistance. (It may sound crazy, but I had a personal experience with an angel that I share here.)

“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.”

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31 Days of Prayer – Glory Be

For many Catholics, the first prayer that is taught is the Sign of the Cross. Another prayer learned early is the Glory Be to the Father. Before long, both prayers become mindless. This is especially true for the Sign of the Cross because we say that prayer before (and often after) most other prayers.

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However, have you ever thought about the power behind those prayers? Think about the Glory Be. When we say that prayer, we are offering our praise and love to God. We are proclaiming His sovereignty from the beginning of time to eternity. We are glorifying the holy and Blessed Trinity every time we say that prayer.

The Glory Be is a powerful prayer of adoration. So, let us say this short prayer with attention and devotion.

“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. Amen.”

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Write 31 Days Challenge – 31 Days of Prayer!

Do you remember when I wrote that I was going to cut down on my blogging schedule? Well, it looks like I will be writing {almost} for the next 31 days. LOL!

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After some reflection, I have decided to participate in the Write 31 Days writing challenge. I participated in this challenge last year on my other blog; however, this year, I feel lead to take the challenge here on Simple Catholic Living.

And, the focus of this challenge will be prayer.

Therefore, for the next 31 days, I will post a prayer of some sort *{almost} every day. Some prayers will be traditional prayers, some will be lesser known prayers, and some will be prayers that I write from the heart. I will link to each day’s prayers here for easy reference.

Why am I doing this?

If you spend any time here at Simple Catholic Living, you know prayer is important to me. I’ve mentioned this before: prayer is essential if we are to live a Christian life. It is the foundation of our relationship with God. Without prayer, our relationship with God will be mediocre, at best or nonexistent, at worst.

Besides that, the world desperately needs prayer. It needs God. Sometimes, it seems like the world, and everyone in it, has gone completely nuts. And, the only effective way to have a real and lasting change is through prayer. Jesus says that with the faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains. I truly believe that, with prayer and faith, we can make a difference in this world.

Will you join me? Each day, come back to the blog for a new prayer. Or, save this post and come back to it daily. Like I mentioned above, I will link to the day’s prayers here so they are all in one place. Together, let us pray for ourselves, our loved ones, and for everyone.

God bless.

Day One: St. Therese

Day Two: Glory Be

Day Three: Guardian Angel

Day Four: Saint Francis

Day Five: Healing and Protection

Day Six: Saint Bruno

Day Seven: Our Lady of the Rosary

Day Eight: The Hail Mary

Day Nine: Lectio Divina

Day Ten: Thanksgiving Prayer

Day Eleven: Armour of God

Day Twelve: Prayer for Daily Neglects

Day Thirteen: Our Lady of Fatima

Day Fourteen: Abandonment to God’s Providence

Day Fifteen: Saint Teresa of Avila

Day Sixteen: Pray for Peace

Day Seventeen: Saint Luke

Day Eighteen: Saint Paul of the Cross

Day Nineteen: Our Father

Day Twenty: Prayer for Patience

Day Twenty-one: Saint John Paul II

Day Twenty-two: Saints & Feast Days in November 2016

Day Twenty Three: Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Day Twenty-Four: Act of Faith

Day Twenty-Five: Act of Hope

Day Twenty-Six: Act of Love

Day Twenty-Seven: Prayer Before a Crucifix

Day Twenty-Eight: Saint Jude

Day Twenty-Nine: Prayer for Vocations

Day Thirty: Prayer for the Deceased

*I may or may not post on Sunday. I try to honor the Lord’s Day as much as possible so unless I have the opportunity to pre-post, there will be no live posts on Sundays.

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