What Is Prayer?

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.

(St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.)


The Pope Video

June 2018



Prayers for June

PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
 
O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing,

I adore you, I love you and will a 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 blessings on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.

Within your heart I place my every care.

In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying,

Heart of Jesus, help me.

Amen.
 
 
 
A MORNING OFFERING 
 
O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day 

for the intentions and for the glory 

of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, 

my every thought, my simplest works, 

by uniting them to Its infinite merits; 

and I wish to make reparation for my sins 

by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask of Thee for myself 

and for those whom I hold dear, 

the grace to fulfil perfectly Thy Holy Will, 

to accept for love of Thee 

the joys and sorrows of this passing life, 

so that we may one day 

be united together in heaven for all Eternity.

Amen. 
 
Saint Therese of Lisieux
 
 
A PRAYER FOR THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI
 
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament

have left us a memorial of your Passion,

grant us, we pray,

so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood

that we may always experience in ourselves

the fruits of your redemption.

Who live and reign with God the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 

Prayer for Peace (from the Catholic Church in England and Wales)

At this time of heightened international tension, we ask our priests and people to pray daily for peace in the world and for a greater collaboration between all nations. We recommend that, in the coming months, the following Prayer be used at Mass:
 
Let us pray, through the intercession of Mary Queen of Peace, for peace on earth and an end to violence and terrorism in our world, for a new spirit of trust and collaboration between nations, for the gift of wisdom for our politicians and leaders, and especially for the resolution of long-standing conflicts in Syria, Gaza and Ukraine, and in other countries around the world.

Prayers for upcoming events

Prayer in preparation for Adoremus

O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
have left us a memorial of your Passion,
grant us, we pray,
so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood
that we may always experience in ourselves
the fruits of your redemption.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Prayer in preparation for The World Meeting of Families

God, our Father,
we are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:

[We pause and remember family members and others by name]

Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen
Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.