Prayers


In all my temptations, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my weakness, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my difficulties, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my trials, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my sorrows, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my work, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In every failure, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In every discouragement, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In life and in death, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In time and eternity, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Essential Catholic Prayer Book, Liguori Publications 1999,  page 87.
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In my weekly hospice ministry, I pray this a lot with/for patients.  While it is a prayer that brings an inner peace for those who are terminally ill and may have a few weeks to live, it is also a beautiful prayer to those who have a few decades (or more) yet to live.

In everything, I place my trust in you, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
 (My short version of the prayer.)

Let me know You, O Lord, who knows me: let me know You, as I am known. O Lord, the Power of my soul, enter into it, and fit it for you, that You may have and hold it without spot or wrinkle. This is my hope, therefore do I speak; and in this hope do I rejoice, when I rejoice healthfully. Other things of this life are the less to be sorrowed for, the more they are sorrowed for; and the more to be sorrowed for, the less men sorrow for them. For behold, You love the truth, and he that does it, comes to the light. This would I do in my heart before You in confession: and in my writing, before many witnesses.

Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo, The Confessions of St. Augustine, Book 10, chapter 1.

Eternal Father,
I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus,
in union with the masses said throughout the world today,
for all the holy souls in purgatory,
for sinners everywhere,
for sinners in the universal church,
those in my own home
and within my family. Amen.

 

St. Gertrude the Great (1256 – ca. 1302) was a German Benedictine, mystic, and theologian. Her feast day is November 16th.

A Priest who is a weekend associate at our parish and who was a professor of mine at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, has his 20th anniversary as a Priest.  So I edited a prayer for him based upon Sirach chapter 45.  Please share this with your Priest on his anniversary.

From his descendants the Lord brought forth a man of mercy,
who found favor in the sight of all flesh
and was beloved by God and man.

2 He made him equal in glory to the holy ones,
and made him great in the fears of his enemies.

3 By his words he caused signs to cease;
the Lord glorified him in the presence of kings.
He gave him commands for his people,
and showed him part of his glory.

4 He sanctified him through faithfulness and meekness;
he chose him out of all mankind.

5 He made him hear his voice,
and led him into the thick darkness,
and gave him the commandments face to face,
the law of life and knowledge,
to teach Jacob the covenant,
and Israel his judgments.

7 He made an everlasting covenant with him,
and gave him the priesthood of the people.
He blessed him with splendid vestments,
and put a glorious robe upon him.

8 He clothed him with superb perfection,
and strengthened him with the symbols of authority,
the linen breeches, the long robe, and the ephod.

10 with a holy garment, of gold and blue
and purple, the work of an embroiderer;

15 Moses ordained him,
and anointed him with holy oil;
it was an everlasting covenant for him
and for his descendants all the days of heaven,
to minister to the Lord and serve as priest
and bless his people in his name.

16 He chose him out of all the living
to offer sacrifice to the Lord,
incense and a pleasing odor as a memorial portion,
to make atonement for the people.

17 In his commandments he gave him
authority in statutes and judgments,
to teach Jacob the testimonies,
and to enlighten Israel with his law.

21 for they eat the sacrifices to the Lord,
which he gave to him and his descendants.

22 But in the land of the people he has no inheritance,
and he has no portion among the people;
for the Lord himself is his portion and inheritance.

24 Therefore a covenant of peace was established with him,
that he should be leader of the sanctuary and of his people,
that he and his descendants should have
the dignity of the priesthood for ever.

26 May the Lord grant you wisdom in your heart
to judge his people in righteousness,
so that their prosperity may not vanish,
and that their glory may endure throughout their generations.

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Most Glorious Virgin, chosen by the Eternal Counsel to be the Mother of the Eternal Word made flesh, thou who art the treasurer of Divine graces, and the advocate of sinners, I, thy most unworthy servant, have recourse to thee; be thou pleased to be my guide and counselor in this vale of tears. Obtain for me through the Most Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, the forgiveness of my sins, the salvation of my soul, and the means necessary to obtain it. In like manner, obtain for Holy Mother the Church victory over her enemies, and the spread of the kingdom of Jesus Christ upon the whole earth. Amen.

April 26th is the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel

“O Jesus, strengthen our souls, open out the way for us, and, above all, intoxicate us with your Love. Make us into blazing fires to enkindle the earth with the heavenly fire you brought us” (St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Forge, page 31)

My notes: Fire in the Bible is both a analogy for the Love God has for us and a symbol of God’s presence, analogy examples: “For the LORD your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.”  (Deuteronomy 4:24) and  “for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29); presence examples: “And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them.” (Acts 2:3), and “And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush” (Exodus 3:2) also Exodus 13:21, 19:18.

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

My spiritual director asked at our last meeting what special “thing” will I be doing for Lent (just as he does for Advent).  After praying about this for a few days I decided to start praying the “Jesus Prayer”.

Why this prayer?  It is grounded in Sacred Scripture, it is the combination of the confession of St. Peter “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16) with “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13).

This is a prayer of repetition, and there are a few versions of this prayer. The prayer above is the typical one, however the Gospel of Matthew is my specialty, and so I like the version that matches Matthew 16:16.  “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.”  Note: The title “Son of God” is found 42 times in the New Testament, for a few examples see John 1:49 and 11:27. Another version: “Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me.”

The prayer can be done by itself, or with beads called “Chotki” or “Jesus beads”. The beads typically are in a count of 25, 50 or 100, with perhaps a Jerusalem cross, or a tassel at the start/end.  The Jesus prayer is also prayed using a standard Rosary.  The beads help to focus the mind on the prayer.  The Jesus Prayer can also be done using a breathing technique: inhale for “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God” and exhale for “have mercy on me, a sinner”.

Combining three things for focus: a quiet location, the beads, and breathing technique with the simple prayer derived from Sacred Scripture, can move prayer from being just memorized words to a prayer of love from the heart.

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