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What is a novena?

April 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Novenas, Prayer, Prayers, Vocal

Dear Father John, I have a question for your blog! I think I don't really know what is a novena? How did it appear in the church and why? I know “neuvaine” means 9, but why 9 days before the feast/saint you are praying? Why would I pray a novena…? This question is right on time! One of the Church’s most popular novenas is the Novena to the Divine Mercy, which starts on Good Friday. Maybe a few thoughts regarding... Read More

Lead Kindly Light

April 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Prayer, Prayers, Saints and Blesseds

Lead Kindly Light Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home, Lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou Shouldst lead me on; I loved to choose and see my path; but now Lead Thou me on! I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, Pride ruled my will. Remember not past... Read More

Litany of Christ the King

November 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Litanies, Prayers

Litany of Christ the King   Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us,Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.God, our Heavenly Father, Who has made firm for all ages your Son's Throne,Have mercy on us.God the Son, Jesus, our Victim-High Priest, True Prophet, and Sovereign King,Have mercy on us.God the Holy Spirit, poured out upon us with abundant newness,Have mercy on us.Holy Trinity,... Read More

If I could only touch the tassle of your cloak…

July 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Jo Flemings, Prayer, Prayers

If I could only touch the tassle of your cloak … The Tassle of Your Cloak: If I could but touch the tassle of Your cloak … Speak only one word, Lord and … Just Your glance toward me, O Jesus, and I am rescued and restored … You said you would not lose what the Father has placed in Your hands Let all my confidence rest in Your willingness to save me! Joneen Flemings + Editor's Note: Jo Flemings is a convert... Read More

A prayer of surrender

June 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, God's Will, Prayers

Prayer of Surrender Loving Father, I surrender to you today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. I say, “Yes” to you today. I open all the secret places of my heart to you and say, “Come on in.” Jesus, you are the Lord of my whole life. I believe in you and receive you as my Lord and Savior. I hold nothing back. Holy Spirit, bring me to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ.... Read More

Another version of Acts of Faith, Hope and Love

March 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Charity, Dan Burke, Faith, Hope, Prayers

Another Version of Acts of Faith, Hope and Love* ACT OF FAITH: O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive or be deceived. ACT... Read More

Prayer of Pope Clement XI

June 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayers

Prayer of Pope Clement XI Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith. I trust in you: strengthen my trust. I love you: let me love you more and more. I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow. I worship you as my first beginning, I long for you as my last end, I praise you as my constant helper, And call on you as my loving protector. Guide me by your wisdom, Correct me with your justice, Comfort me with your mercy, Protect me with... Read More

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