Being a Servant

What makes your great in God’s eyes?

It is to be of service to others.

God does not want you ruling over others and making everyone serve you. He wants you to realize that greatness is found in how much you help others. That is how he rules, as an intercessor, not as a tyrant.

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.