Relating by Faith

The most fundamental relationship we can have with God is one depicted in the parable of the Vine. As we really understand this the way we are Christian can become something more than just a past victory or momentary thing we do like a chore or job. For as a branch we find a deeper relationship than a mere religion. We find a more abundant way to live.

Abiding in Faith

Our abiding in Jesus as a branch does to a vine is the ongoing work of faith in our lives. Everything that makes Christianity more than just another religion is based on understanding just how this abiding is the continual work of our faith in God as an ongoing relationship. Have you wondered what separates the Christian faith from other -isms that present a list of does and don’t?

Church Teaching on Prayer

What does the Church teach about praying? It might surprise you but I encourages us to have faith in the certainty that God will answer prayer. In fact, it did so with many great prayers of confidence like the Novena Prayer to the Sacred Heart.

This prayer is very effective in teaching that every prayer should be prayed in faith:

O my Jesus, You have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace ….

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

O Mary, Mother of God and my dear mother too, obtain for me this grace from the Sacred Heart of thy dear Son.

 

O my Jesus, You have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in My name, He will give it to you.” Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace …

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

O Mary, Mother of God and my dear mother too, obtain for me this grace from the Sacred Heart of thy dear Son.

 

O my Jesus, You have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but My words will not pass away.” Encouraged by Your infallible words I now ask for the grace …

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

O Mary, Mother of God and my dear mother too, obtain for me this grace from the Sacred Heart of thy dear Son.

 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your tender Mother and ours.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, Your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

Branch on the Vine

We have a unique relationship with our loving Savior. A relationship that unites us with Him like a branch is united to a vine. When we truly understand this, the whole of Christianity takes a deeper meaning that has been promoted from the pulpits. A meaning that is founded in an ongoing relationship with our God.

Answered Prayer

Does God answer prayer or is there the possibility that God will say “No?”

Most people say that they have prayed and given up on Christianity because they did not receive an answer to their prayers, But when we truly understand the reality of what Jesus taught about prayer the one thing that becomes obvious is that all prayer is meant to bring an answer. Ask, and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened. Everyone who asks, seeks, and knocks will receive, find, find an open door. 

The only reason it does not work, to borrow a phrase from Chesterton, is not that prayer “has not been tried and found wanting, but it has been found difficult and not tired.”

Marriage and God

This Sunday’s readings give us a chance to consider the relationships that we have with each other and especially with God. In considering who marriage reflects our relationship with God we are drawn to see how each one of us is united with one another by the union we have individually with God in the gospel.

The Model Prayer

The Our Father is the model of how to pray. For many, it seems like a form rather than an actual prayer, but like the scriptures, it is both.

In giving us words we can pray, Jesus shows us how we can pray in our own words as well. Just like the scriptures can be repeated and meditated on, formal prayers can be as well.

Let us consider the words of the Our Father and see how it teaches us how to pray in our own words to God!