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Struggles

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?” (more…)

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Happy St. Joseph’s Feast Day to you! This is a special day for me because St. Joseph is someone that I have a deep devotion for. I believe that St. Joseph has helped watch over me and helped to bring my husband into my life. Our son that passed away was named after St. Joseph, so that makes it special too. I hope all of you have a peaceful and beautiful day and sometime during your busy day, remember St. Joseph and how this simple and quiet man who worked as a carpenter was given the unique and magnificent privilege of being the foster father of God Incarnate. (more…)

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My great grandmother is the person who taught me how to pray. She was a very Godly woman and would pray every night before going to sleep. She could no longer kneel beside her bed so she would sit on the edge and say her evening prayers. During the summers when I would stay with her I would lay quietly on my side of the bed listening to her gentle whispering, waiting for her to finish. (more…)

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Prayer for Priests

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Almighty God, look upon the face of Him who is the eternal High Priest, and have compassion on Your priests in today’s world. Remember that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation. Keep them close to You lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

Oh Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests, for the unfaithful and tepid ones, for those laboring at home and abroad in distant mission fields; for those who are tempted; for those who are lonely and desolate; for those who are in purgatory.

But above all, I recommend to You the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priest who absolved me from my sins; the priests who instructed me or helped me by their encouragement. I pray devoutly for all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, in particular for those that have offered me the Blessed Sacrament, Oh Jesus, keep them all close to Your heart and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Oh Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us a number of holy priests. Amen.

I found this prayer at Kansas City Catholic’s Blog and I really love it.

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The Rosary

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I found this article and I really like all the detail of it. Before I converted to Catholicism, I didn’t understand the Rosary – the repetition of the prayers seemed mindless and bordering on sacrilegious (“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6:7) but as I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve come to appreciate the meditation of this prayer more and more. It is comforting to be able to pray without worrying about what precise words to use, like when I just pray ad-lib to God. (” In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Romans 8:26) I think prayers “straight from the heart” are extremely important, of course, but praying the Rosary allows my mind to focus on concepts beyond words, when I am praying and thinking about the life of Christ, or Mary, the beauty of sacrifices and miracles are more deeply revealed to me. I truly love to pray. I like to pray in the shower – I’m alone and I can talk to God without distractions or interruptions. I also like to pray as I fall asleep – it’s a really nice way to go to sleep – thinking about God and talking over the day with Him. I also pray quickly throughout the day, but there’s just something special about the rosary, it’s a prayer that a whole group can say together and yet we all gain something similar and different from it. Again, my words are inadequate to describe what I mean, but here is the article anyway . . . (more…)

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You can’t always get what you want – but you do get what you need!

I’ve been thinking lately about how God provides for us – how he works all the pieces in everyone’s lives to make things happen and you aren’t even aware that he is doing it. In 2006 I was pregnant and since our only other child was 14 at the time, we obviously didn’t have any baby supplies left over to take care of the one that was on the way. I was feeling stressed about this – thinking that I needed to have all these things ready; a bed, clothes, swing, highchair, everything that a baby needs. There was a woman that my husband worked with who told him that she had a crib that she wanted to give to us but she needed to get something on it fixed first. I wanted to buy a diaper bag and I had a gift certificate but everytime I looked I just couldn’t find anything that I liked. I was so frustrated with all this – I kept bugging my husband about the crib, asking him when the woman was going to have it ready? The diaper bag was just another small frustrating annoyance – why couldn’t I just decide on one?

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