A free printable prayer for a child celebrating First Holy Communion. Great for printing out and using as a gift tag for a First Communion Gift, or even laminating and using as a bookmark: “May you always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love, and the joy of His life within you.”
These are common concerns regarding prayer. But don’t worry; even the saints have struggled at times with knowing how to pray. As a faith formation teacher, I had always loved teaching second grade because it was also the year of First Holy Communion. Talking about prayer was an important part of the class, and it is amazing what I learned as I worked with these seven and eight-year-olds. We taught the kids to use the acronym “ACTS” as they prayed: A = adoration, C = confession, T= thanksgiving, S = supplication. What I didn’t realize at the time was that we were teaching a method of prayer long established by the Church as a wonderful way to teach her children to properly reverence Our Lord.
Mental illness can be extremely trying for those who are affected by it, or who must encounter it on a daily basis. Depression, for instance, can make the simple act of getting out of bed overwhelming. Although there are considerable ways to approach treatment, from medication to “talk therapy,” there is also a spiritual component that should not be overlooked.
Saint Pope John Paul II said, “Whoever suffers from mental illness ‘always’ bears God’s image and likeness in himself, as does every human being. In addition, he ‘always’ has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.”
Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, a simple, uneducated, young Polish nun received a special call. On the night of Sunday, 22 February 1931, while she was in her cell, Jesus appeared to Sr. Faustina for the first time as the “King of Divine Mercy” wearing a white garment with red and pale rays emanating from his heart. For four years she recorded Jesus’ words, her visions, and her own thoughts and prayers in a personal diary.
Saint Patrick is one of the most famous and beloved saints of the Catholic Church. This 5th century missionary bishop was so effective in his ministry that his evangelization legacy continues today, 1500 years later. His zeal for Jesus Christ and effective leadership in the Church made him the famous patron saint of Ireland. His feast day is celebrated around the world on March 17th.
You laid down Your life willingly
and gave up everything for us.
Your body was broken and fastened to a Cross,
Your clothing became the prize of soldiers,
your blood ebbed slowly but surely away,
and Your Mother was entrusted to the beloved disciple.
This beautiful prayer in honor of the Blessed Mother originated in Ireland, probably in use since the 8th century. At one time Pope Pius IX (1792 – 1878) granted a special indulgence to the faithful in Ireland who recited it devoutly.
Many people who are not Catholic wonder why we look for help from the saints. Even though I was born and raised Catholic, I used to feel more comfortable praying only to God, without an intercessor, until I realized the role of the saints in our lives.
It took me some time to understand and experience firsthand the graces that you can receive through their intercession. By reading about them and visiting their hometowns and seeing their relics, I came to learn about and value their legacy and their importance as instruments of God: “He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” (Mark 12:27)
The Litany of the Sacred Heart is a popular prayer found in many Catholic prayer books. It is a great prayer before or after Mass, during Eucharistic Adoration, and especially during the Lenten season.
The short devotional prayer below, found in most traditional Catholic prayer books, is meant to be recited before a crucifix or some other image of Jesus hanging on the cross.