Prayer for Life:
O God, our Creator, all life is in Your hands from conception until death. Help us to cherish our children and to reverence the awesome privilege of our share in creation. May all people live and die in dignity and love. Bless all those who defend the rights of the unborn, the handicapped, and the aged. Enlighten and be merciful toward those who fail to love, and give them peace. Let freedom be tempered by responsibility, integrity, and morality.
The thumb, closest to your heart - begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are easiest to remember - pray a a sweet obligation.
The second finger, used for pointing (the pointer) - pray for those who point you toward the truth (teachers, ministers, and those who inspire you). They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Always, keep them in your prayers.
The third finger, the tallest - pray for the leaders, both in government and the Church. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.
The fourth finger, the weakest (the ring finger) - pray for those who are weak, ill or troubled. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
The little finger, the smallest (the pinkie) - pray for yourself. Lastly, which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and to others. When you have prayed for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs in the proper perspective - able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
Prayer for World Peace:
(prayer for World Peace 1978)
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see and the fait to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men were created.
Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life:
Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world! We humbly beg of Thee to manifest in Thy Church the Spirit Whom Thou didst so abundantly bestow upon Thy apostles. Call, we pray Thee, very many to Thy priesthood and to the religious life. And may zeal for Thy glory and the salvation of souls inflame those whom Thou hast chosen; may they be saints in Thy likeness, and may Thy Spirit strengthen them. O Jesus, give us priests and religious according to Thine own Heart!
O Mary, Mother of Jesus! Obtain for fervent souls the grace to hear and the courage to follow Thy divine Son in the path of religious perfection.
Prayers for our ill members:
Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. O dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.
Prayers for our
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
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Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Hail, Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and strengthening source of eternal life, infinite treasury of the divinity, burning furnace of divine love! You are my refuge and my sanctuary. My loving Savior, consume my heart in that burning fire with which Your own is inflamed. Pour into my soul those graces which flow from Your love. Let my heart be so united with Yours that our wills may be one, and my will in all things conformed with Yours. May Your Will be the guide and rule of my desires and of my actions.
O most Holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of
danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do,
and the grace of a holy death. Amen
The ACTS Prayer:
Adoration is to adore God, to worship him and to fulfill the commandment to love him with all of our heart, mind and soul
Confession allows us to clear away the things in the relationship between you and God which are displeasing to Him.
Thanksgiving. Say "Thank You" to God who blesses us. Every moment we recall the wonderful things that God has done for us, and the gifts that we have been given.
Supplication or Intercession. Ask God for our needs and the needs of others.