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The Central Prayers of the Mass: The Anaphora

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Eric Johnston, Mass, Prayers

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The Central Prayers of the Mass: We can pray the Mass better if we better understand its central prayers. Knowing what is going on allows us to join in and make the prayer our own – allows us to mean it when we say, “Amen.” It also allows us to understand the Mass itself, and so enter more deeply into what it has to offer us. Today we will consider the priest’s part of the Eucharistic Prayer. The “Eucharistic Prayer”... Read More

Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel)

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Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, the Flos Carmeli. Most of us pray – before meals, morning and/or night prayers, many people pray before a trip, and at Mass, of course. Yet, for all... Read More

Carmelite Prayer

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Editor’s Note:  As we approach the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this coming week, it is appropriate to consider a Carmelite prayer. Our Lord taught Saint Teresa a simple method of prayer. It is often called mental prayer. “I never knew what it was to get satisfaction and comfort out of prayer,” confesses the Saint, “until the Lord taught me this method – I beg of you to test it.”  The method is this: we... Read More

Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Prayers

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Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots O Virgin Mary, Mother who never refuses to come to the help of your children in need, Mother whose hands never stop working for the welfare of your children, moved as they are by the loving mercy and kindness that exists in your Immaculate Heart, cast your compassionate and merciful eyes on me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life. Oh Mother!  You know the difficulties, sorrow and... Read More

O Virgin of Guadalupe

December 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer, Prayers

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O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children. Our hope, look upon us with pity, teach is to go continually to Jesus, and if we... Read More

Prayer for the Intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayers

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Dear Friends, July 16th is a special day for me. It marks my birthday as a Catholic. On this special day, I would be grateful if you could join us in a novena for the needs of this apostolate and particularly for the souls of those we serve. The needs of priests, religious, and laypeople for spiritual formation are vast. We reach more than 190 countries, and hundreds of thousands of readers who are seeking the sustenance only found... Read More

What is a novena?

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

What is a novena?

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... 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 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... Read More

Litany of Christ the King

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

Litany of Christ the King

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 Dan Burke, Prayers

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 About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of... Read More

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