“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it.”
Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God, or the petition of good things from him in accord with his will. It is always the gift of God who comes to encounter man. Christian prayer is the personal and living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is infinitely good, with his Son Jesus Christ, and with the Holy Spirit who dwells in their hearts.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #2559-2565)
Pope Benedict XVI said ‘Prayer is not only the breath of the soul but, to make use of a metaphor, it is also the oasis of peace from which we can draw the water that nourishes our spiritual life and transforms our existence.’
Here are some prayers and ways of praying…
Hail, Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures -
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
Lord help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together can't handle.
I came to you late, O Beauty so ancient and new. I came to love You late.
You were within me and I was outside where I rushed about wildly searching for you like some monster loose in your beautiful world.
You were with me but I was not with you. You called me, you shouted to me, you wrapped me in your splendour, you broke past my deafness, you bathed me in your Light, you sent my blindness reeling.
You gave out such a delightful fragrance and I drew it in and came breathing hard after you.
I tasted, and it made me hunger and thirst; you touched me, and I burned to know your Peace.
V The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now
And at the hour of our death.
V Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R Be it done unto me according to thy word. (Hail Mary...)
V And the Word was made Flesh.
R And dwelt among us. (Hail Mary...)
V Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our
hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ,
Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by
His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ our Lord
Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
to live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and joining with Saint Mary MacKillop
we ask that you grant our request……………….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Let nothing upset you,
Let nothing startle you, all things pass.
God does not change.
Patience attains all it seeks.
Whoever has God lacks nothing!
God alone is enough.
Lord Jesus, you said…
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied."
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."
"Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
Help us to become people of the beatitudes.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord,
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Lectio Divina is an opening up of sacred scripture and spending time with God’s word. You can follow on with this prayer on a daily basis with the Benedictine Jamberoo Abbey. CLICK HERE
For hundreds of years Christians have practised contemplative prayer which Saint Teresa of Avila defines as the intimate sharing of friendship, “in which time is frequently taken to be alone with God who we know loves us”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #2709).
Some simple guidance to help you start contemplative prayer courtesy of CLICK HERE
Sit still with your back straight.
Close your eyes lightly.
Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. You could us the ancient Christian prayer-word "Maranatha" – translated as ‘come lord’.
Say it as four equal syllables.
Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and above all - simply.
The essence of meditation is simplicity.
Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and from day to day. Don't visualise but listen to the word as you say it. Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words.
Don’t fight your distractions but let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it immediately that you realise you have stopped saying or it or when your attention is wandering.
Meditate each morning and evening for between 20 and 30 minutes.
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