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Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions


WHAT IS PRAYER?

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.

"Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God." (St. John Damascene, De fide orth. 3,24:

A powerful prayer recited before praying: "Almighty Father, I place the Precious Blood of Jesus before my lips before I pray, that my prayers may be purified before they ascend to Your divine altar."

My Daily Call to God for Help! 


Daily Prayers

Morning Prayers

Evening Prayers

Special Prayers

Death Prayers

Personal Prayers

Occasional Prayers

Prayers for Families

Prayers for Children

Prayers for Godchildren

Prayers for Any Necessity

Prayers for Teenagers

Prayers for Priests

Prayers for Visiting the Sick

Prayers for the Dying

Prayers for the Unborn

Prayers for Vocations

Prayers to the Saints

Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory

Prayer before a Crucifix

The Rosary

The Way of the Cross

Prayers to the Blessed Trinity

Prayers to the Divine Infant of Prague

Prayers of Penance and Reconciliation

Prayers Before and After Communion

The Jubilee Celebration

Liturgy of the Hours

Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Canticles of the Old and New Testament

The Creeds

The Fatima Prayers

Prayers from the Bible

Prayer Petition for Assistance

Prayers to St. Jude Thaddeus

The Prayers to St. Catherine of Siena

Prayers to St. Rita of Cascia

Prayers to St. Dymphna

Prayers to St. Peregrine

Prayers to St. Therese, the Little Flower

Prayers to St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

Blessings for Persons, Places, and Things

The Fifteen Prayers of Our Lord to St. Bridget

Prayers for each Day of the Week and Month of the Year

Prayers of Preparation for Mass and Thanksgiving after Mass


Prayer is a necessity for all, both in the name of justice and in the name of charity and love. In the name of justice, it is a partial fulfillment of the creature's acknowledgment of his place beneath the Creator; thus prayers can be prayers of adoration, petition, thanksgiving, praise, reparation. In the name of love, prayer is the answer to love's demand for communion with the loved one.

Vocal prayer, a prayer expressed in word or gesture, is a necessity for human nature. If our prayer is purely external it is meaningless for our heart is not in it; if it is purely internal, it soon withers and dies for we are not angels but men, and all our acts reflect that union of body and soul which makes us what we are. We need the expression of prayer that our love may not be mute; and the very expression feeds the love to which it gives expression. Then, too, in the name of justice, we owe God the submissive reverence of our whole being, of our body as well as of our soul.

Mental prayer can be briefly described as "pondering with love." It is the quick flight of the heart and mind to God which may take place in an instant or may consume any length of time; but it will always take its rise from some insight into the divine lovableness and terminate in a humble, wondering thanks to God and a determination to be more worthy of that divine goodness and love.

Contemplation is a completely free gift of God that comes to us, at His good pleasure, through the Gifts of the Holy Ghost by a movement of the Holy Spirit. By it, we are given a foretaste of heaven, knowing and loving in the divine mode far beyond the slow plodding that is natural to our minds and hearts. We can prepare ourselves for contemplation by keeping our minds in the neighborhood of divine things through vocal and mental prayer, and spiritual reading; and by getting our hearts ready through the practice of the virtues. But our efforts are strictly limited to preparation for contemplation; the gift itself is God's to give.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church covers the subject of prayer and the types of prayer in our daily lives.

 

 
 

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