A Prayer Before Mass (Saturday, by St. Ambrose)

A Prayer Before Mass (Saturday, by St. Ambrose) I entreat Thee also, O Lord, by this most holy mystery of Thy Body and Blood, wherewith we are daily fed, and cleansed, and sanctified in Thy Church, and are made partakers of the one Supreme Divinity, grant unto me Thy holy virtues, that filled therewith I…

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The surprisingly secular meaning of the word “Lent”

It didn’t always signify a holy season of prayer and fasting. Similar to the English word “Easter,” the word “Lent” was originally a secular word with no particular religious associations. The word is traced etymologically to an Old English word lencten (related to “lengthen,” referring to the lengthening of days) that simply referred to the season of…

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Powerful prayers a mother can pray for her children

In heaven, united forever, may we delight in your presence for eternity. Pray this prayer to entrust your children to God’s care. God, my Father, I offer you my children; You gave them to me. They belong to you always; Help me raise them in your ways. I ask you to guide them into your…

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A prayer for the lonely spouse

Our wedding day is among the most memorable of our lives. We believe our marriage will stand the test of time and our futures will be full of smiles, laughter and love – but the reality is sometimes marriages can go stale, leaving one or both members feeling alone or even unwanted. This sense of…

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When we’re depressed or feeling blue, this prayer from Padre Pio is a way to reach out

If you find yourself in a state of darkness, the key is “to reach.” The small framed unsigned print reads “Reach up as high as you can today, and God will reach down the rest of the way.” It’s my go-to quote for those times when I feel an emotional darkness—depression—coming on. For many of…

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10 Short and powerful prayers to pray during the day

Don’t have any time? Try these powerful prayers that only take seconds to pray. Have you ever been moved to a silent or vocal burst of prayer? “Lord, help me!” is the short, powerful prayer phrase we probably use most often. But the Church has a long tradition of easily memorized short prayers of praise…

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Meet Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, the first Indian martyr

Only Catholic for 7 years, his short time as a follower of Christ was marked by tremendous suffering. January 14 is the feast day of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, the first Indian lay martyr to be beatified. Popularly known as Devasahayam (God’s help), he was born Nilakandan Pillai (1712-1752) into a Hindu family in the then…

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Suffer from headaches? Here’s a patron saint for you

Try this short prayer to St. Denis and enlist his help against all types of woes. Headaches are an all too frequent occurrence in many people’s lives. Besides basic headaches, severe migraines can often cripple someone’s life, making work and family obligations nearly impossible to fulfill. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, “Migraine is an extraordinarily…

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