Category: Catholic Prayers

Family Prayer That Works. It’s Prayer Time

Family Prayer That Works. It’s Prayer Time

Family Prayer Time

Father/Mother: Let us begin with the sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen.
All: Dear Jesus,
we are here to spend a few minutes
with you in prayer.
We want to pray for ourselves,
our friends and neighbours
and for everyone in the world.
We know that you came
to call all of us to know,
love and serve your heavenly Father
so that we would be one big, happy family.

Parent: Jesus, be close to us now
as we pray to the Father in the words you taught us.

All: 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;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Parent: Jesus, we want to pray
to your Mother too.
We want to remember how the angel told her
she was to be your Mother.
We want to remember how she went to Elizabeth
who praised her for saying to God,
“Be it done to me as you wish.”
That was saying a big “yes” to God.
We want to ask Mary to pray for us
because we know, Jesus,
that if we are close to her,
we will be close to you.

All: Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Parent: Jesus, as God,
you were in existence before the world was made.
Then you became a human being with Mary
as your mother so that you could tell the world
how you and the Father and the Holy Spirit
together love all of us
and want to share your holy life with us.
all praise to this Most Holy Trinity.

All: 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.

MAN’S RESPONSE TO GOD. Part B. Learn & Share

MAN’S RESPONSE TO GOD. Part B. Learn & Share

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Faith Clinic….

By his Revelation, “the invisible God, from the fullness of his love, addresses men as his friends, and moves among them, in order to invite and receive them into his own company.” The adequate response to this invitation is faith.

By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God. With his whole being man gives his assent to God the revealer. Sacred Scripture calls this human response to God, the author of revelation, “the obedience of faith”.

WE BELIEVE

Faith is a personal act – the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself. But faith is not an isolated act. No one can believe alone, just as no one can live alone.
You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. the believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others. Our love for Jesus and for our neighbour impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers. I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others, and by my faith I help support others in the faith.

“I believe” (Apostles’ Creed) is the faith of the Church professed personally by each believer, principally during Baptism. “We believe” (Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed) is the faith of the Church confessed by the bishops assembled in council or more generally by the liturgical assembly of believers. “I believe” is also the Church, our mother, responding to God by faith as she teaches us to say both “I believe” and “We believe”.

I. “Lord, Look Upon the Faith of Your Church”

It is the Church that believes first, and so bears, nourishes and sustains my faith. Everywhere, it is the Church that first confesses the Lord: “Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you”, as we sing in the hymn Te Deum; with her and in her, we are won over and brought to confess: “I believe”, “We believe”. It is through the Church that we receive faith and new life in Christ by Baptism. In the Rituale Romanum, the minister of Baptism asks the catechumen: “What do you ask of God’s Church?” and the answer is: “Faith.” “What does faith offer you?” “Eternal life.”

Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother: “We believe the Church as the mother of our new birth, and not in the Church as if she were the author of our salvation.” Because she is our mother, she is also our teacher in the faith.

II. The Language of Faith

We do not believe in formulae, but in those realities they express, which faith allows us to touch. “The believer’s act [of faith] does not terminate in the propositions, but in the realities [which they express].” All the same, we do approach these realities with the help of formulations of the faith which permit us to express the faith and to hand it on, to celebrate it in community, to assimilate and live on it more and more.

The Church, “the pillar and bulwark of the truth”, faithfully guards “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints”. She guards the memory of Christ’s words; it is she who from generation to generation hands on the apostles’ confession of faith.As a mother who teaches her children to speak and so to understand and communicate, the Church our Mother teaches us the language of faith in order to introduce us to the understanding and the life of faith.

III. Only One Faith

Through the centuries, in so many languages, cultures, peoples and nations, the Church has constantly confessed this one faith, received from the one Lord, transmitted by one Baptism, and grounded in the conviction that all people have only one God and Father. St. Irenaeus of Lyons, a witness of this faith, declared:

“Indeed, the Church, though scattered throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, having received the faith from the apostles and their disciples. . . guards [this preaching and faith] with care, as dwelling in but a single house, and similarly believes as if having but one soul and a single heart, and preaches, teaches and hands on this faith with a unanimous voice, as if possessing only one mouth.”

“For though languages differ throughout the world, the content of the Tradition is one and the same. the Churches established in Germany have no other faith or Tradition, nor do those of the Iberians, nor those of the Celts, nor those of the East, of Egypt, of Libya, nor those established at the centre of the world. . .” The Church’s message “is true and solid, in which one and the same way of salvation appears throughout the whole world.”

“We guard with care the faith that we have received from the Church, for without ceasing, under the action of God’s Spirit, this deposit of great price, as if in an excellent vessel, is constantly being renewed and causes the very vessel that contains it to be renewed.”

These are Catholic Truth used by Saint of old. Powerful to Set You free

These are Catholic Truth used by Saint of old. Powerful to Set You free

CATHOLIC WISDOM
(Truth/Wisdom)

Pope St. Gregory: Three states of the converted

There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning, they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle, the contests of temptation; and in the end, the fullness of perfection.

St. John Chrysostom: Steadfast in prayer

Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to receive it; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us.

Fr. Andrew Greeley: Crooked lines

God draws straight with crooked lines.

Fr. Christopher Rengers: Beautiful spiral of Creation

His [Christ’s) humanity is the first step down and the last step up on the beautiful spiral of Creation.

Pope John Paul II: Stupidity is also a gift of God

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.

Pope John XXIII: Men are like wine

Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.

Pope John Paul II: Majority decision

The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.

Pope Leo XIII: Truth itself

God is not only true, but Truth itself.

St. James: Ask God

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.
Saint of the Day for Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne

Image of Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne

Facts

Feastday: July 17
Death: 1794

Sixteen Carmelites caught up in the French Revolution and martyred. When the revolution started in 1789, a group of twenty-one discalced Carmelites lived in a monastery in Compiegne France, founded in 1641.

The monastery was ordered closed in 1790 by the Revolutionary gov­ernment, and the

nunswere disbanded. Sixteen of the nunswere accused of living in a religious community in 1794. They were arrested on June 22 and imprisoned in a Visitation convent in Compiegne There they openly resumed their religious life.

On July 12, 1794, the Carmelites were taken to

Paris and five days later were sentenced to death. They went to the guillotine singing the Salve Regina. They were beatified in 1906 by Pope St. Pius X.

The Carmelites were: Marie Claude Brard; Madeleine Brideau, the subprior; Maire Croissy, grandniece of Colbert Marie Dufour; Marie Hanisset; Marie Meunier, a novice; Rose de Neufville Annette Pebras; Anne Piedcourt: Madeleine Lidoine, the prioress; Angelique Roussel; Catherine Soiron and Therese Soiron, both extern sisters, natives of Compiegne and blood sisters: Anne

Mary Thouret; Marie Trezelle; and Eliza beth Verolot.

The martyrdom of the

nuns was immortalized by the composer Francois Poulenc in his famous opera Dialogues des Carmelites.

St. Alexis

Image of St. Alexis

Facts

Feastday: July 17

Alexis was the only son of a rich Roman senator. From his good Christian parents, he learned to be charitable to the poor. Alexis wanted to give up his wealth and honors but his parents had chosen a rich bride for him. Because it was their will, he married her. Yet right on his wedding day, he obtained her permission to leave her for God.

Then, in disguise, he traveled to

Syria in the East and lived in great poverty near a Church of Our Lady. One day, after seventeen years, a picture of our Blessed Mother spoke to tell the people that this beggar was very holy. She called him “The man of God.” when he became famous, which was the last thing he wanted, he fled back to Rome.

He came as a beggar to his own home. His

parents did not recognize him, but they were very kind to all poor people and so they let him stay there. In a corner under the stairs, Alexis lived for seventeen years. He used to go out only to pray in church and to teach little children about God. The servants were often very mean to him, and though he could have ended all these sufferings just by telling his father who he was, he chose to say nothing.

What great courage and

strength of will that took! After Alexis died, his family found a note on his body which told them who he was and how he had lived his life of penancefrom the day of his wedding until then, for the love of God.

More Saints of the Day

  1. Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne
  2. St. Acllinus
  3. St. Alexis
  4. St. Andrew Zorard
  5. St. Ansueris
  6. Bl. Antoinette Roussel
  7. Bl. Ceslaus
  8. St. Charbel
  9. St. Clement of Okhrida
  10. St. CynlloSt. Ennodius
  11. St. Felix of Pavia
  12. Bl. Frances Brideau
  13. St. Frances de Croissy
  14. St. Fredegand
  15. St. Generosus
  16. St. Hedwig of Poland
  17. St. Hyacinth
  18. Bl. Juliette Verolot
  1. At. Kenelm
  2. St. Madeleine Brideau
  3. St. Madeleine Lidoine
  4. St. Marcellina
  5. St. Marie Claude Brard
  6. St. Marie Croissy
  7. St. Marie Dufour
  8. St. Marie Hanisset
  9. St. Marie Meunier
  10. St. Marie Trezelle
  11. Martyrs of Scillitan
  12. St. Nerses Lambronazi
  13. St. Nicholas, Alexandra, and Companions
  14. Bl. Pavol Peter Gojdi?
  15. Bl. Rose Chretien
  16. St. Theodosius
  17. St. Theodota
  18. St. Turninus