Below is a tender and powerful litany that St. Faustina wrote to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, her support through the bitter suffering she experienced in her soul, trials allowed by Jesus himself. But first, the strength and beauty of her litany is better appreciated by better understanding the deep interior darkness that her soul was plunged into which produced such a heart-rending prayer.
Prayer & Inspiration
We probably all know at least one person who has fallen away from the Catholic faith, whether it be after a tragic event, a pulling away from family and tradition, or after having doubts about the Faith that have grown over many years. Our hearts ache to see this, because the very strength these people […]
St. Francis of Assisi was one of the greatest saints in Church history. He the first-known saint to receive the stigmata, the very wounds of Christ. This means that he was so unified with the sufferings of Jesus that his body bore physical witness to the fact. Needless to say, he was an excessively intense saint who lived the Gospel to a radical degree. The real St. Francis is much different from the soft, mellow, forest-dwelling friar that he is often portrayed as today.
St. Therese of Lisieux, the ever-popular and loved patron saint, affectionately known as “The Little Flower”, has her feast day on October 1st. Catholics the world over devoted to this great saint of The Little Way begin a novena asking for her intercession for their special intention on September 22nd (to end on the eve of her feast).
Most of us know what it’s like to lose energy when we own too many things. Whether we realize it or not, it leaves us feeling less generous, less sure of ourselves, less clear about our purpose, and less capable to step out of ourselves to be Christ to someone else. Whatever choice we face in the moment, extra weight from stuff we carry makes it difficult for us to react in alignment with our best self.
The best thing you can do to start off your day is to offer it up in prayer to the Blessed Mother, traditionally called a “Morning Offering.” Below is a classic Morning Offering prayer to give all the trials and joys that may come to your day to the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that she may take them and purify them as a worthy offering, and present it to the Sacred Heart of her Son.
In the Diary of St. Faustina, Sr. Faustina recounts an experience of how the prayers of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are powerful amidst great storms. Today I was awakened by a great storm. The wind was raging, and it was raining in torrents, thunderbolts striking again and again. I began to pray that the […]
What causes do you think Mother Teresa should be named the patron saint of, and why? We received nearly 600 comments to this question, and we saved all the unique responses below. Reading through this list is a beautiful tribute to St. Teresa of Calcutta and the depth and breadth of her witness for Christ.
The end of August ushers in the beginning of the school year for many, and we are reminded to pray for our children and for their studies throughout the upcoming year. As a mother with two in college, one in high school, and three more being taught at home, I have much to pray for, including myself and all their teachers.
Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye, that no one shall be hurt as I pass by. Thou gavest life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of Thine. Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company from the evils of fire and all calamity. Teach me to use my car for other’s need; nor miss through love of undue speed the beauty of the world; that thus I may with joy and courtesy go on my way. St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me, and lead me safely to my destiny. Amen.