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Great Catholic Prayers

Great Catholic Prayers

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Catholic Prayers you should know

Basic Roman Catholic prayers

Traditional, written prayers will form the backbone of your prayer life.

These basic Catholic prayers are the five most fundamental ones:

  • The sign of the cross
  • The Our Father
  • The Hail Mary
  • The Glory Be
  • The Apostles Creed

Catholic prayers throughout the day

Be sure to see the article daily Catholic prayer for good daily prayers, and suggestions on using these prayers. Make these prayers the foundation of a strong prayer life!

  • Morning Prayer
  • Grace before meals
  • Prayer Before a Day’s Work
  • Prayer to Keep the Presence of God
  • The Angelus
  • Daily Examination at Night
  • Act of Contrition

Catholic prayers about Mary 
(Marian prayers)

The article prayers to Virgin Mary contains these wonderful prayers about or to the Blessed Mother:

  • The Hail Mary
  • The Angelus
  • Hail Holy Queen
  • The Magnificat
  • The Memorare
  • Loving Mother of the Redeemer
  • Miraculous Medal Prayer

And of course, no section on prayers & Mary would be complete without mentioning the Holy Rosary! There’s a whole article just about how to pray the Rosary. The Rosary is one of the most outstanding Catholic prayers; check it out!

How to pray

A prayer life is essential to the Christian life — it is “a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God.” (Catechism, 2558)

Christ promises to give you “living water” if you simply come to him and ask (John 4:10). Sounds good!

But how?

  • You do not need a lot of time
  • It’s simple to begin
  • You can start right now

The keys to a solid life of prayer are very simple things.

  • The How to pray section has detailed guidance in plain language.
  • Daily Catholic prayer provides a brief set of habits that are essential to successful prayer.
  • Live in the presence of God with this set of easy habits for home & work.
  • Christian meditation, or mental prayer, will be the backbone of a lifetime of fruitful prayer.

So dig in and start your new prayer life today!

A Powerful Psalm To Boost Your Courage – Pray Now

A Powerful Psalm To Boost Your Courage – Pray Now

When you are about to face your fears, pray these words of King David.

There will always be times in our lives when we must face our greatest fears. For some this happens on a daily basis, waking up each morning to combat the many trials and difficulties in their lives.

The good news is that God is with us and is ready to pour out his grace upon us. However, we must be open to that grace and allow him to fill us with heroic courage that propels us forward, ready to meet whatever lies ahead.

The Psalms can help us in this regard, which contain the many prayerful cries from the heart of King David who daily struggled to follow God’s will in his life. In particular, Psalm 27 is a perfect prayer for courage that can bolster a person’s faith, giving them the grace that they need to confront their greatest fears.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me,
uttering slanders against me,
my adversaries and foes,
they shall stumble and fall.

Though a host encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent,
he will set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies round about me;
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
Thou hast said, “Seek ye my face.”
My heart says to thee,
“Thy face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not thy face from me.

Turn not thy servant away in anger,
thou who hast been my help.
Cast me not off, forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O Lord;
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
yea, wait for the Lord!

Going Through Serious Financial Difficulties? Say This Powerful Prayer to Jesus and Mary for Instant Help..NOW

Going Through Serious Financial Difficulties? Say This Powerful Prayer to Jesus and Mary for Instant Help..NOW

These prayers in times of financial difficulties can serve as a reminder that, although, in the words of a Cyndi Lauper song “money changes everything,” in our faith it isn’t the only thing that matters, not by a long shot!

Our Lord challenged us in the Gospels not to worry about what we need in terms of the necessities of life such as food and clothing, but rather to “seek first the kingdom of God….and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33). He also advised us to not to worry about tomorrow, as it would take care of itself (Matt 6:34).

Prayers In Times of Financial Difficulties

Dear Lord,
Help me find firm ground in this shaky economy.
As I seek work and assistance,
Give me strength not to be anxious when I seem to be going nowhere;
Give me patience not to despair when things look bleak;
Give me the serenity to know you are here with me, helping me to carry my crosses each day;
So that I may do Your will,
For the salvation of souls
And my Eternal Life.

This one is slightly longer, but expresses a similar sentiment:

Dear Lord,
In this time of uncertainty,
Be my rock in a world built on sand;
Be my oasis of grace and peace in a world of tension and turmoil;
Help me to carry my cross gracefully, as you did in Your Passion;
Help me to follow Your beam of light in the midst of this darkness;
Help me to see Your will in all things
And show others Your comfort and strength.

Keep me calm when tempers flare up;
Keep me sane in a crazy world;
Keep me focused on the houses in Heaven
rather than the houses of cards collapsing around me;
Keep my eyes focused on the prize of Heaven
and not lose hope in You in this world or in the world to come;
Make me compassionate in dealing with others;
Let me see my travails as carrying my cross and sharing in Your Passion, for the love of You and for the salvation of souls, including mine.
And may all my difficulties be ultimately for my good and Your glory. Amen.

Our Lord challenged us in the Gospels not to worry about what we need in terms of the necessities of life such as food and clothing, but rather to “seek first the kingdom of God….and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33). He also advised us to not to worry about tomorrow, as it would take care of itself (Matt 6:34).

That seems a lot easier said than done these days, doesn’t it? So many of today’s anxieties center around two words: money and jobs! In our Prayer Requests section, we get many notes from people wondering how they’re going to find a job or pay their bills or take care of their loved ones!

What can we do? Turn to God in prayer, again and again. Persevere in the knowledge He loves us and wants to use our trials to strengthen us emotionally and spiritually if we let him. Give Him all your anxieties and ask for His graces for yourself and your loved ones.

And, as tough as this may sound, don’t give into despair! Try to bear with your financial difficulties with equanimity saying to God, in effect, “Thy will be done.” Our pains and suffering need not be wasted or meaningless if we offer them up to our Lord for our good and for our salvation.

We can all live with less of everything, everything that is except for love. This is a time to show more compassion towards others, whenever possible, and not to give in to feelings of bitterness about being wronged.

Also, it is important not let the tension we may naturally feel about how we’re going to provide for our loved ones keep us from showing them our love.

And for those of us who never did anything shady but are still losing jobs and pensions and homes because of the misdeeds of others in this economy, we need to remember Our Lord. After all did he deserve the brutal punishment inflicted upon Him in His Passion, he who was without sin? Of course not, but he bore it anyway for our sakes!

As we read in the book of Isaiah “he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins” (Is 53:5). Thinking about this can help keep us from nursing grudges over life’s unfairness.

This doesn’t mean of course, that we should be Pollyannas about these times of course! The pain and anxieties many of us are feeling about our financial difficulties are quite real. And not quite knowing where the light is at the end of the tunnel, or where we even are in this tunnel, doesn’t help!

Yet God is with us, especially in the midst of our sufferings, and wants to help us advance in holiness during these times if we are willing to let him do so!

This is a time for finding out what is really important in our lives and what really counts. And it’s not the false sense of security and superiority we get from keeping up with the Joneses! Do we really need to measure our self-worth by the size of our bank accounts, or our houses?

Didn’t Christ tell us instead not to store up treasures here on earth which can decay or be stolen, but rather, through living lives of holiness and true Gospel charity, to store them up in Heaven “where neither rust nor moth consumes, nor thieves break in and steal” (Matt 6:20)?

Speaking of houses, while we worry about making a living, remember what our Lord told His apostles after the Last Supper: “Let not your heart be troubled… In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-2).

Perhaps you’ve read of those who have had near-death experiences or who have actually died and come back to life, describing peace and magnificent surroundings beyond anyone’s imagination here.

Granted, these are anecdotal but reflect also on the words of St. Paul who, himself once experienced heaven during his lifetime (2 Cor 12:2) and wrote elsewhere that “eye has not seen nor ear heard…what things God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9).

Time and time again in scripture we read of the importance of keeping our worship focused on the Creator rather than the created, not to get too attached to the things of this world. In so doing we may better show genuine love and care for each other.

When we act in this manner, and bear with our financial difficulties gracefully, turning them over to God, we can better assure that, whatever our financial situation might be now we have great hope that God will help turn things around for us, if not in this life, then in the Eternal one to come in heaven!

We hope these reflections, like these prayers, can provide you with some comfort and strength. And remember also that everything passes away in this life, both the good and the bad, but God, his place for us, and His love last forever! As our Lord said to His disciples after His resurrection “I am with you always” (Matt 28:20).

The Prayer Pope St. John Paul II Prayed Every Day: So Simple

The Prayer Pope St. John Paul II Prayed Every Day: So Simple

The Prayer Pope St. John Paul II Prayed Every Day

It became a habit when he was 11 years old and struggling with his math class.

In January of 1980, John Paul II told a group from the Charismatic Renewal:

From the time I was little, I learned to pray to the Holy Spirit. When I was 11, I was feeling sad because I was having a lot of trouble with math. My dad showed me in a little book the hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus,” and he told me, “Pray this and you’ll see that He’ll help you to understand.” I’ve been praying this hymn every day for more than 40 years, and I’ve seen how much the Divine Spirit helps us.

Here is a typical English translation of the Latin text

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.