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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 19: 7 Quick Prayers

 

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“Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning.”    

–Joel 2:12


I earnestly believe that the most important thing we can do for Lent, especially in light of what is happening in the Church and in the world, is to increase our time in prayer. It is our most powerful weapon, but I think it’s also our most undervalued one as well. So, instead of any more babbling from me, here are 7 quick prayers for Lent days and every day!

 

1: Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

2: Oh My Jesus (Fatima Prayer)

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
Save us from the fires of Hell
lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those most in need of thy mercy.

3: Divine Mercy Closing Prayer

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.

4: The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

5: Instrument of Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

6: The Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

7: Prayer to St. Maximillian Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, your life of love and labor for souls
was sacrificed amid the horrors of a concentration camp
and hastened to its end by an injection of a deadly drug.
Look with compassion upon ___________________
who is now entrapped in addiction to drugs
and whom we now recommend to your powerful intercession.
Having offered your own life to preserve that of a family man,
we turn to you with trust, confident that you will understand and help.
Obtain for us the grace never to withhold our love and understanding,
nor to fail in persevering prayer that the enslaving bonds of addiction
may be broken and that full health and freedom may be restored to him / her whom we love.
We will never cease to be grateful to God who has helped us
and heard your prayer for us. 

 

There you have it. 6 pretty general prayers and 1 very specific. When I was quitting smoking, St. Maximilian seemed determined to be my patron for addiction, and lately, I’ve just felt that I needed to pass him on to someone else.

Be sure to head over to Conversion Diary for more quick takes!

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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 14:

I apologize in advance for the scattered, hair-brained content of this post.

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1: Christmas Hangover

Every day, every stinking day, I realize something I forgot to do for the holidays, now that we’re working to get everything put up. Oh, look, here’s a wreath that never got put out, here’s a pumpkin pie bar mix that never got made, and Snoopy socks I never wore, and HOW DID I FAIL TO PUT OUT THE CHRISTMAS HAND TOWELS?!?!?!?! I just feel like the only way to fix this is to get in the time machine, go back in time and start all over.

But you know what? I kept up with the Jesse tree. The whole season.

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2: 2 is for 2 Years Later

We’ve been living in our current house for 2 years now. This is a joyous occasion. Our marriage has been so full of moving and shuffling around, that the longest we were ever in one place was in our cramped, tiny little apartment. Until now. Now we’ve lived in this lovely little mid-century ranch style house for longer than we’ve been anywhere else.

And after two years, Scott finally fixed the garage door. The chain was off when we first moved in and there was no remote, so the garage has been more of a junk catch-all than anything else. Scott fixed the chain, I found a new remote, ordered it and paired it, and now, at long last, I no longer have to walk in the rain to get into the house! And it’s so easy when I need to haul groceries into the house. I can just drive them inside instead! I turned 31 last month and this is the first time in my life I have lived in a house with a working garage door, where I could park. It’s so exciting! It’s going to take a while for the shiny to wear off of this one.

3: Simone Weil

I saw this trailer on Ascending Mount Carmel and thought I’d share it.

I’d really like to see the documentary, but when I searched for it on Netflix, it told me it was unavailable and recommended Sons of Anarchy and Phineas and Ferb. I wish I had made that last bit up, but I didn’t.

4: Halp!

This is probably not worthy of sharing but I keep seeing this picture and it’s just the stuff of nightmares.

I suppose I’ve probably always been claustrophobic. My experience in the closed MRI has definitely brought this fear, nay TERROR to light. For example, I fail to see the humor in this picture, which keeps popping up:

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No, I look at that picture and suddenly can’t breathe. And want to cry. Moving on.

5: Feeling the Burn

I’ve been doing….fair…on my health and fitness resolutions this year. I’ve had some night snacking issues, which was never a problem until I quit smoking. I’ve been working out pretty consistently–which for me always makes the weight come off more slowly. But, I know I’m building muscle instead of losing it, which is certainly more likely when I’m dropping massive amounts of weight each weak. My stamina is increasing, too. I plan to start running by Valentine’s Day, and do some kind of 5K in the spring. If I’m going to do a run, I want to do it for a good cause, you know? One I believe in! Last summer, I was going to do the Color Run in OKC, but things didn’t line up for me. I was a little ill at ease with it because they didn’t have the “cause” lined up yet. I was a little worried about signing up, paying my fees, and training…only to find out I was running to benefit the Fraternal Brotherhood of Aryan Supremesists or something horrifying like that.

Anybody else working on a fitness routine?

6: All by Myself

Now that everything is back to normal, Scott is once again working every evening and I’m at home by myself all night. However, I’m not going to let that stop me from observing dinner more formally every night.

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Now, if they’ll just wear the little outfits I made them.

7: Hail Mary!

I’m pledging to do the rosary every night. So far this year, I’ve only missed twice. Another spiritual goal for the New Year is to read at least 1 Catholic non-fiction book each month. Finishing 1 each month shouldn’t be a problem.

I’ve already started 5.

Keep the Fulwilers in your prayers and I’ll let you know where the rest of the Quick Takes are just as soon as I find out!

 Update: Found ’em!

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Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, who blessed Mexico and all the Americas by your appearance to Juan Diego, intercede for the holy Church, protect the pope, and help everyone who invokes you in their necessities.

O mystical rose, hear our prayers and our petitions, especially for the particular one we are praying for at this moment (mention your request).

Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance.

Amen.

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The Greatest To-Do List Ever Written

Truth be told, I’m a few days into my quest to re-energize my faith. How am I planning to accomplish this? Here’s what I’ve got so far:

1) Daily Mass Readings. Under ideal circumstances, I’d like to attend Mass every day, and I’m sure a lot of Catholics feel the same way. Well, guess what? You can! Most days, anyway. A few years ago, I realized that EWTN has a Daily Mass podcast featuring the readings and homily. I got into the habit of downloading the podcast before work, loading it onto my mp3 player (pre-smartphone days, how primitive!), and listening on the way to work. It was typically 20-25 minutes and my commute clocked in right around the same time. I did this for a few months and it was a wonderful start to my day. So what happened? Well, there was a stretch of time where the podcasts weren’t ready by the time I needed to leave for work, so I fell out of the habit and just never went back to it. Well, it’s time to get back into the habit! How can I not want to do something that makes me feel so good? The great thing is that now, EWTN has an app for my Android phone! So far, I’m not seeing the podcast I so desire, but they are posting the video, which is essentially the same thing. I just have to avoid the temptation of trying to watch while driving and limit myself to listening. If I don’t have the Daily Mass on the way to work, I can also watch via YouTube on our X-Box.

2) PRAYER. How can you have a relationship with someone you never talk to? Yes, I’m sure God finds that minute and a half before I crawl into bed to be the epitome of devotion. I need MORE than that. It’s hard to describe, but it’s as if my soul thirsts and longs for prayer. Deep-down, serious prayer. To accomplish this, I’m going to have some scheduled prayer as well as spontaneous, throughout-the-day prayer.

  • Morning Prayer
  • Prayers Before Meals
  • Evening Prayers (at least one decade on the rosary)
  • Prayer of the Day from the Treasury of Novenas

I also have guide to daily prayer for business people. I have no idea where I got it, but at some point, I’ll look into that as well and let you know how it goes.

3) Bible Study. This is in ADDITION to Daily Mass Readings. Now, I have tried to knock everything out in one lump sum before bedtime and if we’re doing earnest Bible study, Daily Mass Readings, and prayer, that’s going to be anywhere from an hour and a half to two full hours. I can tell you from experience, trying to tack everything onto the end of the day just flat out doesn’t work. So, instead of putting it at the end of my day, I’ll be doing Bible Study at my lunchtime. I’ve actually already been doing this intermittently for the last few months. Why have I not been consistent? There’s just so much temptation to “get something done” on my lunch break. Why, I could run over to Wal-Mart and do my shopping so I’ll have more time in the evening! I could run to the bank! To the shoe store! The fact is, I am getting something done by doing Bible Study. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be doing the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. I’ve made it through John and am currently working my way through Mark. I love, love, love this study! It is truly in-depth, referencing additional verses, clarifying what was said based on the context of the times, going back to the Catechism, and just really exploring what the full message is.

4) My Own Little Prayer and Meditation Book. When I first started RCIA, I bought a little red leather bound prayer book. I love it. It’s always in my purse. A few years ago, I found myself writing in the back of it. Just a thought, a prayer, a verse. The problem with it is that it’s too big for my pocket and generally stays in my purse for most of the day. To resolve this, I purchased a small Moleskin notebook that fits perfectly in my pocket (the place of honor typically reserved for my smartphone). I can jot down my prayer for the day, a verse that inspires me, a quote from a saint. I know I can do all of this with my phone (I work at the CellPhone Store, after all), but I feel like I get more out of it if I write it down. Additionally, when I reach for my phone, it does EVERYTHING, so it’s a lot easier to get distracted. I still carry my prayer book in my purse, but when I put my hand in my pocket, I have a personalized book of inspiration.

5) No Idleness Allowed! I’ve been working in retail for about a year and a half now, and let me tell you, we have a LOT of downtime. People don’t really start coming in until 4pm on most days. I’ve been using that downtime to look at Facebook, window-shop online, browse humor sites, etc. This is, for the most part, a waste of time. Catholic blogs! The National Catholic Register! There are so many websites I can look at and actually benefit from. No more goofing around.

I’m flexible and open to suggestions! For now, I think it’s going to be enough to get me on the right track.

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