One may wonder why Our Lady requested that the faithful meditate on the rosary mysteries for fifteen minutes, when praying the rosary itself involves meditating on the rosary mysteries and takes about fifteen minutes to pray. Wouldn’t praying the rosary fulfill the request for fifteen minutes of meditation?
Prayer & Inspiration
There’s a simple prayer method attributed to Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Argentina. It’s a simple yet helpful prayer method not only great for teaching kids how to pray, but it’s good for adults too as a reminder to “cover all our bases” with intercessory prayer for those around us.
God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
St. Hilary was well-revered by the people of Poitiers for his great learning and sanctity, and they in turn clamored for him to become their bishop. Despite his protests, and with the consent of his wife to live in celibacy, Hilary was ordained a priest and bishop. He became a brilliant Scripture scholar, writer, orator, and a staunch defender of orthodoxy during the era of Arianism’s tight grip on the Church, even been exiled for defending Christ’s sacred humanity and divinity against the heretics, and earning the name “Hammer of the Arians.”
I’m human. As a human, I’m imperfect. My intentions are not always motivated by good. Like all of us, I suffer from concupiscence. This inclination to sin is one of the reasons we need Our Lord’s mercy. As it turns out, it is one of the reasons we need the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as well. It’s why we need it on a regular basis, in fact. Our Lord knows this. He knows all things. We may only understand a small fraction of the unfathomable treasure that is the gift of the Mass.
The month of January is often ushered in with encouraging messages and motivational phrases. Yet, we don’t have to look farther than Holy Scripture for lasting inspiration. God’s word provides a solid message of strength, solace, mercy and forgiveness.
A litany to the Infant Jesus that offers a beautiful meditation, especially during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Pray with a group (responses in gray) or alone. This litany is a reminder that this Divine Child we worship is truly God who has come to us in the flesh.
Dear Lord, As we prepare for Your coming, let us reflect on the journey Your earthly parents took. They were tired and alone, yet there was no room for them at the inn. There was no one to lend a helping hand. Lord, help us to recognize those who may need our help or love […]
“Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, give us miserable ones the grace to do for You alone what we know you want us to do and always to desire what pleases You. Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footsteps of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You, Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified God almighty, forever and ever. Amen.”
During the final days of Advent, the anticipation increases as the birth of the Savior draws nearer and nearer. In the final eight days before Christmas, this anticipation is marked by something special that happens in the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours.