If you haven’t been introduced to this prayer, you will surely fall in love with it…This is a great prayer to get you in the right mindset to shine for Jesus each morning!
Jesus Prayer by Cardinal John Henry Newman
(This prayer was recited daily after Communion by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her Sisters of Charity)
Help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with
may feel your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine.
It will be you, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise you in the way which you love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example,
by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you. Amen.
As you begin your journey through this Lenten season, think of the areas in your life where you are not allowing yourself to be the person God wants you to be. What can you do to make your will in more perfect conformity to His?
To help us with this process of conformity to the will of God, we can look to our Blessed Mother, who perfectly exemplifies how to live up to the high hopes our Father has for us.
“God has to have two pictures of us: one is what we are, and the other is what we ought to be…There is, actually, only one person in all humanity of whom God has one picture and in whom there is a perfect conformity between what He wanted her to be and what she is, and that is His Own Mother. Most of us are a minus sign, in the sense that we do not fulfill the high hopes the Heavenly Father has for us. But Mary is an equal sign. The Ideal that God had of her, that she is, and in the flesh” (The World’s First Love, Fulton J. Sheen, pp. 12-13).
Most Immaculate Virgin Mary, pray for us!
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A new Knights of Columbus/Marist poll reminds Catholics of the strong need to reach out to the young adult community to combat cultural relativism.
“It is very important for the Church to understand the outlook of the next generation of adult Catholics,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, in Rome for meetings at the Vatican. “Catholic Millennials support Church teaching in a wide variety of areas, including contentious issues like abortion and euthanasia. In other areas, the cultural relativism that Pope Benedict XVI has spoken so much about is very evident, and it confirms the wisdom of his attention to this question as central to the New Evangelization.”
Read the full poll here: New Survey of Young Catholics Shows Promise and Challenges for Catholic Church.
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have some awesome Catechism quizzes on the USCCB Web site to help you test your knowledge of the Catholic Faith.
See how much you know about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
“Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.” -Pope St. Pius X
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Are you devoting enough time to prayer in your life? After all, it’s a necessity. But if you are like many people, you may find praying difficult at times. Perhaps you get easily distracted or aren’t quite sure how to approach God in your prayer…or maybe you just keep “forgetting!”
Dr. Peter Kreeft has this to say in his excellent book, Prayer for Beginners: “What is the main problem with this prayer?
“Simply remembering to do it. This is embarrassing, because this forgetting is so foolish. Why do we forget? Clearly this forgetting is not merely a mental problem. There are mental blocks to remembering. Something in us fears remembering. And I think we all know what that is.
“When we do remember and call him, and he comes and acts, he does all the work, for free! Our part is only to call; the Great Physician makes house calls and charges nothing. And yet we continually fail to call him. Is this reasonable?” (Chapter 9).
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Sadly, many Catholics haven’t had the opportunity to really learn what’s happening at Mass… By journeying through the parts of the Mass, we hope you will find new excitement in this joyful and meaningful celebration of our Faith every Sunday (or every day)!
Today’s Bored at Mass feature: Entering the church
When you enter your church, you are probably used to blessing yourself with holy water while making the sign of the cross. Do you ever think back to your baptism when you do this? If not, you should! Every time you repeat this gesture, you should be reminded of the waters of your baptism and being baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
And what’s that thing Catholics do (sometimes quite quickly) right before they sit down? Oh yes, genuflect. We often forget that this small gesture is one of adoration. It helps to “get us focused” on who is present in our midst—in the tabernacle. When we enter the sanctuary, we are in the presence of God!
Catholics Come Home Lost & Found Tip: When you cross yourself with holy water, remember this: You belong to Christ, just as much now as on the day of your baptism! Also, realize the act of adoration you participate in when you genuflect to the tabernacle. You aren’t just touching your knee to the ground for no reason…You are acknowledging the Presence of the Son of God in your midst!
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Last Tuesday, we left you with some articles to help you prove the existence of God. Now, we want to share with you another of Dr. Kreeft’s articles that explains the problem of pain, what Kreeft considers “the one serious objection to the existence of God.”
If God is good, why is there so much bad in the world? Read more about the problem of pain so you can increase your own understanding, and share your knowledge with others to help them grow in faith:
The Problem of Evil
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As Catholics, we should always be ready to defend our faith, to give a reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15). From time to time, we will post some articles to our blog we recommend that will help you to learn more about your Catholic Faith, so you can answer those questions that start with “Can you prove…?”
Today’s topic: Can you prove the existence of God?
Check out these wonderful and clear articles by Dr. Peter Kreeft:
Can you prove that God exists?
Can you prove God exists?
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Sadly, many Catholics haven’t had or taken the opportunity to really learn what’s happening at Mass… By journeying through the parts of the Mass, we hope you will find new excitement in this joyful and meaningful celebration of our Faith every Sunday (or every day)!
Today’s Bored at Mass? feature: The PRE-GAME
In order for us to “make the most” of each Mass, it is important for us to ready our hearts, minds, and bodies prior to walking into church on Sunday.
How to ready our hearts: Take time to reflect before you go to Mass. Think about the desires and intentions of your heart you want to place before Lord that day. Also, prepare your heart to praise Him in all His glory during Mass.
How to ready our minds: Michael Dubruiel, in The How-to Book of the Mass, points out that “Some of us play an intellectual game at Mass of finding fault with the way the Mass is celebrated…But the Mass is not a place for us to sit back like a movie and to find fault; rather, it is a place to encounter Jesus Christ” (page 30).
How to ready our bodies: We should all take the time to examine our thoughts, words, and actions before Mass. Perhaps we’ll find we need go to Confession to get rid of our sins and receive forgiveness before receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
Lost & Found Tip: The warm-up sets the pace for the game. How we prepare for Mass will help guide our prayer and focus during the Mass. This Sunday, prepare yourself for who you are about to encounter at Mass—Jesus. He’s truly present, so we should want to give Him our best!
Don’t forget that the Christmas season has just begun!
As many stores and public places begin to take down their Christmas decorations today and throughout this weekend, remember that Christmas day marks the beginning of the Christmas season. We continue to celebrate the joyous occasion of Christ’s birth through the Epiphany, when the wise men visit Jesus with their gifts.
Let us continue to open our hearts to Christ throughout this whole Christmas season, so we can offer Him our finest gifts this Epiphany. God gave us His only Son. Why don’t we offer ourselves back to Him?
Don’t forget to check out CatholicsComeHome.org to continue your growth in faith this Christmas season.