The email hits my mailbox.
Pray for my mother, father, daughter, son, wife, husband, boss, employee, neighbor, friend, or myself, who is sick, injured, going to war, depressed, under arrest, unemployed, cheating on their spouse, being cheated on, divorcing, addicted, dying. His/her name is …
And the unspoken request.
Pray for me, because I need to be strong.
So we pray.
God above, on my knees I ask of You, please help X in his/her time of trouble. Should it be Your will, may he/she be healed of all his/her afflictions, and brought more closely into communion with You. And should You will it so, please lend strength to my friend in his/her time of trouble and for the rest of his/her life.
So we pray, in all the ways that people pray. I’m Catholic, and not one of those who believes all gods are the same. It matters whether you pray to a god of war and slavery or the forgiving, universal God worshiped by Christians and Jews. And along with that, I think the prayers we speak, whisper, and those we imprint on our hearts matter. The prayers we use are part of the religious tradition from which we come, and as a Catholic I see that tradition as central to everything we do. It is the science of the love of God, developed over millennia by people who learned everything that didn’t work by doing all the wrong things, and left us with what did work. So let us preserve tradition and keep it in good order by using it.
I am asking you, dear reader, to reply in a comment with some of the prayers you say, and with links to online resources where you find some of the prayers to which you often resort.
I will plant some seeds with some of the sites I read for prayers.
- St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
- Catholic Online: Prayers
- Catholic Prayers on Yenra
- beginningCatholic.com: Great Catholic Prayers
- Our Catholic Prayers
- The Work of God Apostolate
Act of Faith
O my God, who are infallible Truth and can neither deceive nor be deceived, I firmly believe all that you have revealed and propose to my belief through your holy Church, because you have revealed it. I believe that you are one in nature and three in Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that you are the Creator of all things and that you reward the just for all eternity in heaven and punish the wicked for all eternity in hell. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God made man, that he suffered and died for my sins and rose from the dead in glory, and that it is only in him through the Holy Spirit that eternal life is given to men. I believe in fine all that your holy Church believes. I thank you for having called me to the true faith, and I protest that with the help of your grace I will live and die in this holy faith.