Pray for Vocations

Lord Jesus, help our youth through your wisdom and understanding to know clearly the work which you are calling them to do in their life. Grant them grace and generosity; may they answer your call with courage, love and lasting dedication. Amen.

- maroniteservants.org

Prayer for Priestly Vocations

Father, in every generation you provide your Church with holy priests.

I come before you now, asking that you call forth more men to serve your church in the ministerial priesthood.

Give us good and holy shepherds who will lead and guide your people to the fullness of life.

Bless us with priestly vocations since we are a Church of the Eucharist.  

Bless us with priestly vocations since we are a people in need of reconciliation.

Raise up, we pray, men who are generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts for your greater glory and for the good of your people.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Some of you know my story of coming home to the Catholic Church. Some know more than others. After seeing a post by capcath on the Catholic tag, it inspired me to tell my story. Well, part of of my story.

I returned to the church a year and a half ago after being away for many years. I should write about those years I was away from the Catholic Church but, this is about my experience of going to confession for the first time since the Eighth Grade.

At age 45, about thirty-one years since my last confession, I called the parish closest to me to make an appointment to go to confession. I didn’t know the priest there, and had never been inside that particular  church. I explained to the Monsignor that it had been about thirty years and he didn’t react in horror, in fact he was very nice to me and put me at ease. The appointment was set for friday evening, which gave me a few days to re-learn the steps in making a confession, and most importantly, time to make a very deep examination of conscience.

 I sat down with Monsignor Gene and explained that for the previous six  months or so, I had sensed a tremendous calling back to Jesus, the Catholic Church and a great desire to receive Jesus in communion. I had started watching EWTN, saying the Rosary again, and I began saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day. I saw a documentary on Venerable Father Solanus Casey which was very inspiring, and I started reading St. Therese of Liseux and began learning about Saint Faustina.

I printed pages of things I needed to confess, along with the “act of contrition” since I couldn’t remember it. I poured myself out for about forty-five minutes. I cried and cried. I felt the weight of years of sin going away. It was as if it was being vacuumed out of me. 

When I was finished confessing, he spoke with me, calmed me down, and encouraged me. I was given my penance and I said the act of contrition. Then, Monsignor placed his hand on the top of my head, and said the words of absolution. It was the most awesome experience  hearing those words! I can’t describe it.

The next day I went to Mass, and I was so excited to receive Jesus, that I got in the communion line before it was our pews turn. I was at the center aisle end of the pew, so I cut in front of a few rows, because they weren’t lining up fast enough for me, they were singing and I just couldn’t wait.

Since coming back, I go to confession frequently. I still go to confession with the Monsignor sometimes, even though I changed parishes.

In closing, I’d like to remind everyone to pray for our priests and to please pray for an increase in those called to the priesthood, and that they may be holy, courageous priests who through their example will inspire others to serve the Lord.

The Monastery of Saint Anthony of Qozhaya,

The Lebanese Maronite Order was founded by three young men from Aleppo. They were Gabriel Hawwa, Abdallah Qaraaly and Youssef El-Betn. They were later joined by Germanos Farhat.

In 1694, they requested permission from the Patriarch Etienne Ed-Doweihy to found the Lebanese Maronite Order. He accepted their appeal and approved of their statutes on June 18th, 1700.

The Lebanese Maronite Order was often known as “The Order of Qozhaya Monks”.

Saint Hardini lived there from 1828-1830.

Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Solanus Casey

O God, I adore You. I give myself to You. 

May I be the person You want me to be, 

and may Your will be done in my life today.

I thank You for the gifts You gave to Father Solanus. 

If it is Your Will, bless us with the beatification of 

Venerable Solanus so that others may imitate 

and carry on his love for all the poor and suffering of our world.

As he joyfully accepted Your divine plans,

I ask You, according to Your Will, 

to hear my prayer for … (your intention) 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion —- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

fidesandratio:

Source: Catholic Memes
The toughest guy that you never knew.  Please read…
http://www.cracked.com/article_19415_the-5-most-badass-war-heroes-who-never-held-weapon_p2.html

What a great story. 
I’d never heard of him before.

fidesandratio:

Source: Catholic Memes

The toughest guy that you never knew.  Please read…

http://www.cracked.com/article_19415_the-5-most-badass-war-heroes-who-never-held-weapon_p2.html

What a great story. 

I’d never heard of him before.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer for Vocations

“Go your faith has made you well.”

Merciful Jesus, grant young people, a lively faith and the courage to respond to a vocation of service. As the blind man took heart and called out to you to restore his sight, may our youth be inspired to seek you the source of all healing, and generously give of themselves in service to your Church.

Fr. Armando Elkhoury

Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Solanus Casey

O God, I adore You. I give myself to You. 

May I be the person You want me to be, 

and may Your will be done in my life today.

I thank You for the gifts You gave to Father Solanus. 

If it is Your Will, bless us with the beatification of 

Venerable Solanus so that others may imitate 

and carry on his love for all the poor and suffering of our world.

As he joyfully accepted Your divine plans,

I ask You, according to Your Will, 

to hear my prayer for … (your intention) 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us!


O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer.  As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son.  Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially …(special intention).

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer.  We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting.  Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.
Amen.

 

Act of Contrition

O my God,
I am heartily sorry for
having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins,
because I dread the loss of heaven,
and the pains of hell;
but most of all because
they offend Thee, my God,
Who are all good and
deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve,
with the help of Thy grace,
to confess my sins,
to do penance,
and to amend my life.

Amen.



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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Jesus I Trust in You!

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