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Help! My Mind Wanders While Praying

The rosary is a meditative prayer and it is very common to have a wandering mind while praying the rosary or any other prayer.  In the rosary, prayers are said while meditating on the mysteries of the life of Jesus.  A prayer can become so commonplace that our minds wander or we forget what we just said.  Sometimes a person’s mind wanders on other things while praying and meditating.  This can be very frustrating because you want to stay on track with the lessons the meditation has to teach us.  You can start the prayers with good intentions and do well through the first part of prayers but then your mind wanders to:

  • What should I make for supper?
  • Wish I could lose weight.
  • The heartbreak of a family member who left the Church.
  • Daily struggles
  • Family struggles
  • Miscellaneous thoughts

As your mind wanders, you begin to think that you are doing something wrong or get frustrated and try to get your mind to stay on task.  This is where you should see where your mind is wanting to go.  As long as it is not entertaining thoughts that would lead you away from God, pay attention to where it wanders.  Maybe God is trying to help you resolve a problem in your life, or maybe God is trying to lead you to something He wants you to do or something He wants you to pay attention to.  This can be very helpful in your life.  Listening is part of the conversation with God.  We can say a lot of prayers but if we don’t listen to Him, we won’t hear what His will is for us.

The other side of wandering thoughts is important.  When your thoughts wander, offer them up to God as a prayer for that intention.  Yes! What you thought was a hindrance is actually a prayer!  It’s asking God for help with that intention.  He hears you.  Doesn’t matter what it is, offer it up as a prayer.  Put your wandering thoughts to good use. Offer them up as prayer.

Wandering thoughts during prayer can be something that God wants you to hear from Him, a prayer offered up to Him, or God helping you to resolve a problem in your life.  Sometimes we need to be still and listen to where God wants us to be.  Keep praying!

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Scam in the mail

My family and friends and I have received these solicitations in the mail.  Beware of the St. Matthew’s Churches from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  These are NOT Catholic nor are they legitimateThey are scamming people using the image of Christ and His name for their monetary benefit. 

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This is the “prayer rug” the scammers are using to get your money.

 

They send out a “prayer rug” (pictured above) for you to put under your mattress and to pray on, then ask for you to send it back to them with “seed money” for you to get your prayers answered.  God doesn’t make payment of money a condition for your prayers to be answered.  You can pay almsgiving as a sacrifice but it is not contingent on getting your prayers answered.  The man who heads this scam has a $2.2 million house in California.  They don’t pay taxes because they are under the guise of being a church.  If you receive this in the mail, please don’t send any money because they will bombard you with more solicitations for more money.  Just toss it in the garbage and be sure to tell everyone else to watch out.

The best way to get your prayers answered is to pray to Jesus before the Blessed Sacrament.  He will give you peace and He knows your grief and it won’t cost you any “seed money”.

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St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael conquering Satan

St. Michael is one of the Archangels of Heaven.  The seven archangels are Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel (or Anael), Simiel, Oriphiel and Raguel.  St. Michael is known for winning in the battle against Satan and defends those who love Jesus and try to do right.  He defends us from Satan’s evils, sometimes in the most unexpected times and places.  He is a Holy Warrior of God.  If you ever feel like the Evil One is trying to pull you his way or harm your soul, pray to St. Michael and he will protect you.

 

St. Michael does the following:

  • Fights against Satan
  • Is the champion warrior of God’s people
  • Rescues the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death
  • Calls souls from earth and bring them to judgment

The following depiction of the Vision of Pope XIII on October 13, 1884, (October 13th is the date of the future miracle of Fatima), describes a conversation between Jesus and Satan.  Satan wants to destroy Jesus’ Church but remember that Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it (the Catholic Church)”.

Video credits: Cynthia X and YouTube.  Thank you.

Prayer to St. Michael written by Pope Leo XIII

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

There is also a Chaplet of St. Michael if you are interested in starting a devotion to him.  It is ok to pray to St. Michael and not idolatry to do so.  You are asking him to intercede for you like you would ask for your family members to pray for you.

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Credit: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10275b.htm

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The Most Precious Gift I Have Received

I was given a treasure from my grandparents, parents, and godparents as a child.  I have walked quite a path and always centered on my Catholic faith.  Now that I am older, I have come to realize that I was given the most precious treasure passed on by people who wanted me to share heaven with them someday.  They truly wanted me to have eternity with God as my gift.  What better thing to give someone.  A person’s soul is the most precious part of them, so making sure it is protected is the best thing you can do for them.

There is nothing more important and nothing more precious than your soul and it’s eternal destination.  We cannot know until we die where we will spend eternity so we have to spend our learning how to attain that beautiful gift from God of spending eternity with Him.  We spend our day to day lives working and doing things that don’t really matter in the long run.  We need to ask ourselves, “How is this getting me to heaven?”  If the answer is, it isn’t, then we need to reevaluate our path.  Our time is precious and short and we can’t squander it.  We are lucky if we make it to retirement age.  Use that time to find your path to heaven.  Use that time to find the one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic church that Jesus founded, and all of the sacraments and sources of grace, and the fullness of faith that she contains.  That is the one sure and true path to heaven.

Please know that I want to share heaven with you.  I want that precious gift for you because you are precious to God.  God loves you so much.  Don’t lose sight of Him.

I say this prayer often for you…”O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of your mercy.  Amen.”

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What is a Novena?

A novena (no-vee-na) is a devotion that you can do for an intention.  You say a particular prayer every day for nine days in a row to Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit , the Virgin Mary or a saint.  When your nine days are done, then you say another nine days of the prayer in thanksgiving regardless of the outcome.  This has been a very effective form of prayer when someone is really in need of something.  There are some good apps in the Google play store you can download on your phone if you put in the search bar “novena”.

This form of prayer shows persistence and obedience in your prayer life.  I have also found one novena prayer to the Infant Jesus of Prague that you say for either nine hours (once per hour) or nine days.  This is not vain repetition of prayer, this is asking for the intercession of the saints or going to Jesus or God for help.

What kind of prayers should you say a novena for?  Well, you can’t make anyone fall in love with you or have selfish intentions.  You have to have good intentions and God’s will in mind when you pray.  Ask yourself, “What would God want?”  Praying for sinners to turn to Jesus is always a good choice.  Another one is, “God, please give that person or myself the graces that others refuse.”  Saying a novena to a saint or the Holy Trinity, for their intercession is always a good idea.  The saints are always there for us, to intercede for us on our behalf.  There is strength in prayers in numbers.

I have been saying a novena for the last five days and already I have received part of my prayer.  It also helps if you can get others to say the novena with you.  I have two others saying the novena everyday for the same intention.  My novena has produced a deeply moving answer for me in reply.  I couldn’t have asked for a better reply.  I was praying to St. Joseph, Patron of the Church.  He always answers your prayer because he is the earthly father of Jesus and He would listen to him.  Blessed be St. Joseph!  Thank you St. Joseph!

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The Power of the Sign of the Cross

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 Touch the forehead, stomach, left shoulder, right shoulder, then fold your hands in prayer.

Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross?  What does it mean?  Is it just a gesture or superstition?

 

The sign of the cross dates back to the second century in the Early Church.  It started out with making the cross on the forehead with the thumb or index finger but then changed into a larger cross on the forehead, chest and shoulders.  People used it to secretly mark themselves during religious persecution.  In the ninth century, Pope Leo IX instructed the faithful on this devotional/prayer.  It is a reminder of the crucifixion and suffering of Jesus.

We bless ourselves with holy water and the sign of the cross when we come into or out of a church, during a sacrament, and in remembrance of our Baptismal promises.  Catholics usually begin and end all prayers with the sign of the cross.  What we are saying is the prayer or request “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen”  When we say a prayer in the name of the Trinity as above, we are calling upon them with confidence that our prayers will be answered and in love and worship of the Trinity.  The word “Amen” means “I believe”.  When we do this, we are asking for and receiving grace from God.

Making the sign of the cross is a prayer in itself.  A very reverent devotion a person can do is every time you pass by a Catholic Church, is to make the sign of the cross as you pass.  Why do that?  Because, Jesus is in the Church in the Eucharist in the Tabernacle.  You are saying you believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  I do this every time I pass by one even if I’m just passing by in another town.

Another thing you can do, every time you see an ambulance or life-flight helicopter for someone ill, make the sign of the cross in a prayer for the removal of their sins and salvation of their soul, also for their quick recovery.

If you ever feel alone, lonely, in danger, or that evil may be around you, make the sign of the cross and this will help to keep your soul safe and keep the safety and security of all of heaven around you.

Making the sign of the cross with holy water also absolves your venial (little) sins.  Make the sign of the cross often.  Keep a bottle of holy water handy and do it before you go to bed, get up in the morning, leave the house, return home, feeling ill, anytime that you feel the need.  The sign of the cross is a short, humble little prayer but so powerful.

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