What the Best Catholic Devotion to Pray? All of them

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What the Best Catholic Devotion to Pray? All of them

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An argu­ment arose among the dis­ci­ples about which of them was the great­est. Jesus real­ized the inten­tion of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Who­ever receives this child in my name receives me, and who­ever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”

Then John said in reply, “Mas­ter, we saw some­one cast­ing out demons in your name and we tried to pre­vent him because he does not fol­low in our com­pany.” Jesus said to him, “Do not pre­vent him, for who­ever is not against you is for you.”

Luke 9:46:50

One of the things that a Catholic sees over the years is an incred­i­ble array of dif­fer­ent devo­tion that var­i­ous peo­ple insist IS the devo­tion you should pray, or that THIS devo­tion is the one that will finally get your kids or grand­kids to church or change the heart of that hor­ri­ble boss of yours or will bring peace to your friend or finally get the world on the right track.

Then there are all the var­i­ous prayers and chap­lets from the stan­dard Rosary, to the Divine Mercy Chap­let, the St. Michael Chap­let, The Litany of the Saints , the Pen­i­ten­tial Psalms and the prayers of var­i­ous saints.

And beyond that if you go to a divine mercy chapel or to some other place of devo­tion you will with­out fail find home made slips with var­i­ous spe­cial prayers that can be prayed on a stan­dard Rosary or var­i­ous chapelts

In fact I even con­tributed to this with my own blog­gers prayer on my site that went up as soon as my pas­tor at the time approved it. It goes like this:

Oh God, you who gave free will to your cre­ation, bless those who use that pre­cious gift to blog

May we though this gift of free­dom of expres­sion enlighten, enter­tain and inform our read­ers, and we ask par­tic­u­lar bless­ing for those who bring your word across the net, that they may faith­fully exe­cute your com­mand to make dis­ci­ples of all nations.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

This sit­u­a­tion is ampli­fied by 10 if you write about the church, attend Catholic events or go to any national event. The num­ber of such devo­tions you are exposed to, involv­ing saints both ancient and mod­ern, mir­a­cles long for­got­ten or new and all kinds of rev­e­la­tions to the point where you real­ize that not only is God not dead as the left insisted in the six­ties but he and the saints still seem to be work­ing over­time for the sal­va­tion of souls.

But that leaves the ques­tions on the floor? Of all of these var­i­ous devotions:

What are the best ones to pray?

and

Which one are the most likely to be answered?

The answer to both ques­tions is the same: all of them.

In terms of what you should or should not pray, as long as your it is legit­i­mate, unher­ti­cial and not for­bid­den by the Church, ANY prayer, devo­tion or prac­tice that is the direct wor­ship of God the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit or inter­ces­sory in nature ask­ing the Blessed Mother or the saints to pray and inter­cede with God the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit either directly, is of value and worth encouraging.

The idea is not so which prayers or devo­tion you embrace but that you reg­u­larly pray bring­ing your devo­tions to the Lord and make such prayer habit­ual. It is that reg­u­lar prayer, whether the liturgy of the hours, a daily rosary or reg­u­lar ado­ra­tion or what­ever devo­tion you embrace that will bring you closer to God and if you find you are more inclined to one devo­tion more than another by all means go with it.

My rule of thumb is the best prayer is the one you actu­ally DO.

As for which prayers will be answered the likely hood God answer­ing any prayer is depen­dent not so much on the prayer used, but on the following:

Your request being in accor­dance with the will of God.

If what your pray­ing for is con­trary to God’s will, it’s just not going to hap­pen. The desire for God to do our will via prayer rather than the desire of us to accom­plish God will through prayer is not only inef­fec­tive but is con­ducive to the Sin of Pride. If we treat our com­mu­ni­ca­tion with God like the voice tak­ing your order in a drive through we shouldn’t be sur­prised if we open the bag after leav­ing and find some­thing other than what we expected.

Your faith in God’s abil­ity to answer your request. Pre­sum­ing your request is in accord with God will faith is still a key ingre­di­ent. Over and over in scrip­ture Jesus notes where faith is the dif­fer­ence between a prayer even by a per­son “unwor­thy” (“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For say­ing this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daugh­ter.MK 7:28,29) being granted to a prayer by the wor­thi­est ( Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. Then the dis­ci­ples approached Jesus in pri­vate and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your lit­tle faith. “Mt 17:18-20a ) Just as faith with­out works is dead, prayer with­out faith is just words with­out mean­ing. It’s worth not­ing that a sign of faith in prayer is per­sis­tence in prayer.

The dis­po­si­tion of the Tar­get of a prayer. This is a func­tion of the free­dom God pro­vides us as humans. One of the most com­mon prayers you will run into is some­one pray­ing for the con­ver­sion to the faith or that some­one will find their way to God. These prayers are of great use and can aid a guardian angel in open­ing doors and oppor­tu­ni­ties for such repen­tance but while our guardian angel is always on the job and God never tires of open­ing doors that lead to his right hand in the end a per­son has to be will­ing to take step how­ever small to seize that oppor­tu­nity, walk though that door or grasp that hand. Fur­ther­more we have to remem­ber it’s not WHEN such a thing takes place but THAT such a thing takes place that mat­ters. So be per­sis­tent as the Holy Spirit does the heavy lifting.

So here is my advice: Pray lib­er­ally, wait patiently and have faith that while you might not know what God & the Holy Spirit is doing, he does.

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Rosary cupcakes a delicious devotion

An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”

Then John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.” Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Luke 9:46:50

One of the things that a Catholic sees over the years is an incredible array of different devotion that various people insist IS the devotion you should pray, or that THIS devotion is the one that will finally get your kids or grandkids to church or change the heart of that horrible boss of yours or will bring peace to your friend or finally get the world on the right track.

Then there are all the various prayers and chaplets from the standard Rosary, to the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the St. Michael Chaplet, The Litany of the Saints , the Penitential Psalms and the prayers of various saints.

And beyond that if you go to a divine mercy chapel or to some other place of devotion you will without fail find home made slips with various special prayers that can be prayed on a standard Rosary or various chapelts

In fact I even contributed to this with my own bloggers prayer on my site that went up as soon as my pastor at the time approved it.  It goes like this:

Oh God, you who gave free will to your creation, bless those who use that precious gift to blog

May we though this gift of freedom of expression enlighten, entertain and inform our readers, and we ask particular blessing for those who bring your word across the net, that they may faithfully execute your command to make disciples of all nations.

We ask this  through Christ our Lord, Amen.

This situation is  amplified by 10 if you write about the church, attend Catholic events or go to any national event.  The number of such devotions you are exposed to, involving saints both ancient and modern, miracles long forgotten or new and all kinds of revelations to the point where you realize that not only is God not dead as the left insisted in the sixties but he and the saints still seem to be working overtime for the salvation of souls.

But that leaves the questions on the floor?  Of all of these various devotions:

What are the best ones to pray?

and

Which one are the most likely to be answered?

The answer to both questions is the same: all of them.

In terms of what you should or should not pray, as long as your it is legitimate, unherticial and not forbidden by the Church, ANY prayer, devotion or practice that is the direct worship of God the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit or intercessory in nature asking the Blessed Mother or the saints to pray and intercede with God the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit  either directly, is of value and worth encouraging.

The idea is not so which prayers or devotion you embrace but that you regularly pray bringing your devotions to the Lord and make such prayer habitual.  It is that regular prayer, whether the liturgy of the hours, a daily rosary or regular adoration or whatever devotion you embrace that will bring you closer to God and if you find you are more inclined to one devotion more than another by all means go with it.

My rule of thumb is the best prayer is the one you actually DO.

As for which prayers will be answered the likely hood God answering any prayer is dependent not so much on the prayer used, but on the following:

Your request being in accordance with the will of God.

If what your praying for is contrary to God’s will, it’s just not going to happen.  The desire for God to do our will via prayer rather than the desire of us to accomplish God will through prayer is not only ineffective but is conducive to the Sin of Pride.  If we treat our communication with God like the voice taking your order in a drive through we shouldn’t be surprised if we open the bag after leaving and find something other than what we expected.

Your faith in God’s ability to answer your request.   Presuming your request is in accord with God will faith is still a key ingredient.   Over and over in scripture Jesus notes where faith is the difference between a prayer even by a person “unworthy” (“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” MK 7:28,29) being granted to a prayer by the worthiest ( Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. “Mt 17:18-20a ) Just as faith without works is dead, prayer without faith is just words without meaning.  It’s worth noting that a sign of faith in prayer is persistence in prayer.

The disposition of the Target of a prayer.  This is a function of the freedom God provides us as humans.  One of the most common prayers you will run into is someone praying for the conversion to the faith or that someone will find their way to God.  These prayers are of great use and can aid a guardian angel in opening doors and opportunities for such repentance but while our guardian angel is always on the job and God never tires of opening doors that lead to his right hand in the end a person has to be willing to take step however small to seize that opportunity, walk though that door or grasp that hand.  Furthermore we have to remember it’s not WHEN such a thing takes place but THAT such a thing takes place that matters.    So be persistent as the Holy Spirit does the heavy lifting.

So here is my advice:   Pray liberally, wait patiently and have faith that while you might not know what God & the Holy Spirit is doing, he does.

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