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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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I recently have been thinking about forgiveness, as I’ve said in another post. I found this article about St. Francis who in his early life was repelled by the lepers he encountered, and after praying about this God gave him the grace to change his heart so that he could love the most “unlovable.” During Lent we are trying to focus our mind on God’s love through his sacrifice for us – in a sense trying to understand how God loves us, the unlovable sinners. (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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Lately, I have been thinking about forgiveness. Mostly how I need to forgive others, which I’ve come to realize I’m not so good at. I mean, I always thought I was very good at it and maybe it’s just getting older and you know how things start to not work as well as they used to . . . well I think my forgiveness muscle was getting out of shape. There are three people I can think of off the top of my head (and there may be others, I’m just not as aware of) that I need to really forgive. These three people are people that I’m not close to and I don’t even really see them on a regular basis anymore. I used to work with them, and when I left my job I felt like they were such hypocrites – claiming to be Christians and acting like such jerks. Being nice to my face and yet being quite unkind behind my back. Of course I’m well above this sort of behavior myself, so you can understand my bitterness about it. What really sealed the deal though, was that this trio was very unfair to my husband, who still works at this place. I thought to myself that it’s fine if you want to be a jerk to me, but don’t do it to my husband who is a nice, humble person and one that would never lower himself to fighting back or being so petty. So, in my heart I decided that being mean to my husband was reason enough to not forgive them and to stay bitter. . . and I did. But something kept nagging me – that little Jimminy Cricket voice that kept telling me something wasn’t right inside of myself. Everytime I thought about these people I would just boil over with indignation at their stupidity and hypocrisy. How Dare They be so . . . so. . . HUMAN. Disgusting.

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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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