God Moments

Some prayers have been coming to me to pray lately…some I’m familiar with and some I’m not.  God is so amazing in what He brings us and it’s awesome when we’re open.

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Lent continues…Ven. John Cardinal Newman   I have to a great extent been wrestling with this prayer since Deacon Bill gave it to me and feel I am only beginning to scratch the surface of it’s experiential depths. 

Something I find particularly profound is that the last three lines were not part of the prayer as it was orginally given to me.  I think they were revealed to me now, because I am more open to understanding them…Wow. 

One of Cardinal Newman’s prayers

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.

I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work;

I shall be a preacher of Truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore, my God, I will put myself without reserve into your hands. What have I in heaven, and apart from you what do I want upon earth?

My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart.

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Lent 2009 –  God Moments

I’m really trying to make this a holy Lent of acceptance of sacrifice and coming to Christ through His suffering.

So I’ve been praying to that end and I believe conected to that end , I found a small slip of paper that Iwas afraid I inadvertently gave away with the rosary book that day on the street corner. The prayer was one my mother told me to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
I found it in my Divine Office keeper.

I realized I didn’t know anything about it other than the Sisters taught it to Mom to be said after receiving Holy Communion. So being my nerdlinger self, I looked it up- Wow! It’s part of the Chaplet of the Sacred Heart, focusing n the 33 years os Jesus’ life – coming to know Him amd His Love through his Heart material and spiritual see this link for more of the technical and historical info. 

It ends with that Sacred Heart prayer and begins with the Anima Christi – which I’ve been called to more and more of late.

And as I’m reading about it I note one of the posts was on our anniversary made me struck me – pray it with Jeff.

And then one of the comments on a site was Bego from three years ago.  It seems too great to keep to myself.

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A selection from the prophet, Jeremiah  17:7-8

-courtesy of Dr. Brian

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,

      whose trust is the Lord.

They shall be like a tree planted,

     by water,

sending out its roots by

     the stream.

It shall not fear when heat comes,

     and its leaves shall stay green,

in the year of drought it is

     not anxious,

and it does not cease to bear fruit.

and I’ll add 9 & 10

The heart is devious above all else;

     it is perverse –

    who can understand it

I the Lord test the mind

     and search the heart,

to give to all according to

     their ways,

   according to the fruit of

     their doings.

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Bookmark of St. Teresa of Avila

Found on a prayer card in St. Teresa’s breviary after her death.

 Let nothing disturb you;

Let nothing frighten you.

All things are passing.

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things.

Nothing is wanting to him who possesses God.

 God alone suffices.

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One of the sites I looked at to make sure I had the words correctly had this teaser on Google… “Are you surrounded by negativity? Struggling with temptations? Fight back with the Saint Michael prayer!”  

This one hasn’t been said at the end of Mass since Vatican II, review the link above for more, but if you note, it’s with the Anima Christi and a few others on the back cover of the missal.  St. Michael is the protector and patron of the Church – in 1994, Pope John Paul II urged all the faithful to pray this daily…coincidence, I think not.  

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

 Amen.

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The Angelus

prayed daily traditionally at 6a 12p 6p

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary…

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

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, your 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.

R. Amen.

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Anima Christi

Often said after receiving holy Eucharist.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from Christ’s side, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O good Jesus, hear me.

Within thy wounds, hide me.

Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the malicious enemy defend me.

At the hour of my death call me, and bid me come unto Thee,

That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels forever and ever.

Amen.

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Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

 

Amen.

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