Category: Prayer

Looking for a New Year’s resolution?

How about, studying the Catechism?

It’s free, simple and effective. You get one email a day (MON-FRI) and cover the entire catechism in a year!

To sign yourself up for Catechism in a year, click here.
How about a Bible study?
Jeff Cavins has a great site. The Great Adventure Bible study. Find a study near you, or put your Great Adventure Bible study on the map!

Explore the Map

Not to be out done, the great Scott Hahn also has one.

Reading the Bible from The Heart of The Church

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is a non-profit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition. Learn More

“No, no!” You say, “I just want to become a better person and do more good for my fellow man!”

Huh? Well, have you tried your Church. At our Parish, we have the St. Vincent de Paul society. Their members gather clothing, appliances and food to give to the poor members of the Parish. In addition, the provide services, such as daycare, for mom’s who have to work and they look for employers for people that need jobs. And they do all that, on a voluntary basis.

The Knights of Columbus, Knights of Peter Claver and many other societies are out there in the Catholic world which provide services to the needy. I’ve never been to a Catholic Parish which did not at least have connections to several of these. Just ask in your parish office.

“Yes, but what I really want is to feel closer to God!”

Ha! You’ve come to the right place! The best way to feel close to God, is to partake of the Eucharist. And the Catholic Church offers the Eucharist daily. Check your parish office for times. Or you can check this website for Mass times in your area. They even have an app for your phone.

Mass Times for Travel on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

Mass Times for Travel – Android Apps on Google Play

We’ve got several prayer devotions which you can do alone or in groups.

The Holy Rosary

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy

The Five First Saturdays Devotion to the Immaculate Heart

THE SACRED HEART – Catholic Tradition

And there are tons of others. Ask around at your Parish. There’s lots of things they have for those of you looking to turn over a new leaf.

Election 2016, Pray and work!

I am so thankful to God!  I believe He is answering our prayer  (See Election Novena 2016).

Since then, I learned some things.
There are more choices for President.
They need to be included in the Presidential debates in order for the Country to take them seriously.
There’s a website that helps you identify the candidate that matches your issues.
We need to pray and work to make these other candidates known.
Let’s start with the last one.
We need to pray and work to make these other candidates known.
I’m not going to vote for anyone that I don’t trust.  Therefore, I’m not going to vote for Hillary or Trump.  So, I’m asking you to join me in prayer again, that the Presidential Debate Committee will open the debates for third party candidates.  To date, as far as I know, only one third party is being considered.  The Libertarian Party.  And yes, I do trust those candidates more than I trust either Hillary or Trump.  They both sound very honest and have a proven track record as Governors, where they successfully improved the quality of life in their respective states.  I also like their idea that they will run the country as co-Presidents.  It reminds me of the way the Catholic Church was moved to Rome by Sts. Peter and Paul.
But, I have learned that there are other Parties out there, who have not been given attention by the Media.  Letting them into the debates would allow the voting public to be more completely informed on the options that they have for President.
There’s a website that helps you identify the candidate that matches your issues.
Until I went to this website, I thought I was a one issue voter.  But, they offer a quiz which is very detailed.  You even have the option to write in some of your answers.  I did, on two or three occasions.  It took me about an hour to complete the quiz.  It came up with several candidates in order of which I matched more closely.  I only looked as deeply as the first five and I don’t remember how many choices it produced.  But it was nice to know that we are not necessarily locked in to the two candidates that the Media and the Establishment are trying to shove down our throats.
They need to be included in the Presidential debates in order for the Country to take them seriously.
Folks, we’ve prayed for God to give us candidates worthy of our vote.  God has revealed that there are other people out there.  Now, let’s work to get these people on the Presidential debates and in the News so that we can make an informed decision on who we want for President.  To that end, I ask you to again, join me in prayer.  This time to the Patron Saint of Politicians.
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of prudence. You never thrust yourself rashly into any serious undertaking; instead, you tested the strength of your powers and waited on God’s will in prayer and penance, then boldly carried it out without hesitation. Through your prayers and intercession, obtain for me the virtues of patience, prudence, wisdom and courage. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…
Glorious St. Thomas More, I beg you to take up my cause, confident that you will advocate for me before God’s Throne with the same zeal and diligence that marked your career on earth. If it be in accord with God’s will, obtain for me the favor I seek, namely that the Presidential Debate Committee be persuaded to permit Third Parties to participate in the Presidential Debates.
V. Pray for us, O Blessed St. Thomas More.
R. That we may faithfully follow you on the hard road that leads to the narrow gate of eternal life.
In Conclusion
Folks, thanks for participating with me.  I hope that you agree with me that the People of these United States deserve better than the two choices which are now being forced upon us.  And I hope you will join me in bringing these other choices to light, so that we can all make an informed decision.
I firmly believe that a vote for someone in whom we don’t trust, is a wasted vote!  Let’s identify good people to vote for.  And let’s vote for them.

Election Novena 2016

My family and I just started praying a Novena to St. Jude that God may provide us with a Godly person to lead our country.  I hope that all of you are praying for the same cause.  Especially considering the top 2 characters which have been nominated this year.

Novena To St. Jude 

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus,  the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult  cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.

Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is  almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive  the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and  sufferings, particularly – that God may grant us Godly men for whom we may vote who will uphold His will.

– and that I may praise  God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be  ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as  my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.
Amen

PRAYER

May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, and loved in all the  tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.

May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen

St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen.

Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed be St. Jude Thaddeus, in all the world and for all Eternity.
(say this prayer, followed by the Our Father and the Hail Mary)

A Prayer Request For Christians In Iraq & Syria

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A message from the Diocese of Austin, TX:

In a letter that Bishop Joe S. Vásquez received from Bishop Francis Y. Kalabat, Bishop of St. Thomas Chaldean Diocese in Southfield, Michigan, our diocese has been invited to join St. Thomas Chaldean Diocese in prayer to ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for the Christians in Iraq and Syria.  Bishop Kalabat said, “Over the past year, the situation in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, has been difficult and horrific for Christians.  They have been forced out of their homes and many were martyred for their faith.  I ask and beg of you to please join the Chaldean Church in prayer asking for the grace of God to ease their situation.”

The churches of the Chaldean Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle are praying the Rosary for 33 days during January and early February.  They are asking that our churches join them for the last nine-day Rosary novena in hopes that it will shed hope and light on their brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering exile from the homeland because of their faith.

Please invite the faithful of your parishes to join them in praying the Rosary for nine days, and to recite the following prayer along with the Rosary.

“Mother of God, Virgin Mary, be for us a safeguard from all illnesses and hardships. Through the great love you have for Christ, ask and beseech Him to be merciful to us, to give healing to our ailments, to console the downtrodden, to reunite those who are scattered and to forgive us.”

Although the novena started on January 25 and continues through February 2, we still invite you to join them in solidarity and prayer for the churches of the Chaldean Diocese.  Thank you for considering this important prayer request.

In Christ,

+ Daniel E. Garcia
Vicar General and
Auxiliary Bishop-elect of Austin

Please keep Jason Stellman in your prayers

After recently converting to the Catholic Church, Jason writes:

Two Years a Catholic
Posted by Jason Stellman on September 23, 2014 in Apologetics, Catholicism, Featured, I Fought the Church, Suffering, The PCA, Westminster Seminary California | 991 comments

On September 23rd, 2012 (two years ago today), I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Humanly speaking, it was one of the worst decisions I have ever made.
The last two years have brought me almost nothing but loss.

It was a faith filled and courageous move for Jason to do what he did.  Praise God and pray to God that he will give him the grace to continue fighting the good fight.  As the Scripture says:

Philippians 3:7-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Righteousness from God. [But] whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss[a] because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ,the righteousness from God, depending on faith

and also:

Romans 8:17New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.