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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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There is one thing thing missing the current spate of pervnado stories that surprises me.

For decades are friends in media and culture have existed that the idea of absolute truths as taught by the Catholic Church is incorrect and that truth, right and wrong are completely subjective and that the idea that man is not just another animal but made in the image of God is nonsense.

That being the case can anyone explain why not a single member of the liberal Pervnado crowd is saying:

I know that to Ms. xxx what I did is wrong, but that’s HER truth. In my truth what I did is perfectly fine.

Since we humans are animals and males are biological driven to seek sex how can you consider me wrong for satisfying that biological urge?

If a woman chooses to sexually satisfy me in order to advance her career who are you to object? It’s a simple transaction that gives both parties what they want.

How dare you try to impose the Christian idea that sex outside of marriage is wrong!

What I choose to do behind closed doors to satisfy myself sexually is none of your business!

Could it be that the reason why we are not hearing any of these defenses either from those accused or from those who defend them be that they don’t believe the pap they have been telling us for decades and instead secretly know that Sr. John Dominic is right?

1: Why Educate in Virtue? from Dominican Sisters of Mary on Vimeo.

I submit and suggest that our liberal friends who decided 50 years ago that because they were so much smarter than every generation that came before them it was a good idea for society to abandon the tenets of Judeo christianity that had centuries of trial and error to test their value to humanity for the whole “Morality is subjective and if it feels good do it” were only slightly less idiotic than those is society who didn’t have the guts to tell them to get stuffed when they had the chance.

That’s the sad part, We as a society did this to ourselves and we did so because we still haven’t figured out that God’s rules are not for his benefit, but for ours.


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I speak to Steven McVey of The Augustine Institute at the 2017 Catholic Marketing Network

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I spoke to Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen of the Dominican Sisters of Mary at the Catholic Marketing Network

She was a tough interview to get, everyone seemed to want to speak with her, finally I had to pack up my equipment and go to her booth to get the job done.

I loved what I saw here not just the cute animated videos of Sister…

1: Why Educate in Virtue? from Dominican Sisters of Mary on Vimeo.

(it’s odd to see Sr. animated but trust me she is just as animated in person)

…but pages on the individual virtues like Modesty

MODESTY
MEANING

  • Purity of heart in action, especially in regards to dress and speech

LOOKS LIKE

  • Dressing in an appropriate manner
  • Dressing in private
  • Not bragging about talents, achievements etc.
  • Not being eager to talk about yourself
  • Not trying to be the center of attention in word or action

SOUNDS LIKE

  • I will wear this skirt because it isn’t too short or too tight.
  • I need some privacy.
  • Silence

and Circumspection

CIRCUMSPECTION

MEANING

  • Careful consideration of circumstances and consequences

LOOKS LIKE

  • Pausing to think
  • Thinking before acting
  • Praying before acting
  • Asking for advice from an older, trusted person

SOUNDS LIKE

  • I should wait before I respond.
  • Let me think about that.
  • Jesus, help me to do what you would do.
  • May I ask you for advice about something?
  • Let me think about what I should do.

By an odd coincidence just a few minutes after I published my youtube interview with Sr. I saw linked at Stacy McCain’s website this PJ Media story about the education that Planned Parenthood wants to deliver instead:

Planned Parenthood thinks your child needs to know about transgenderism and masturbation at the tender age of three. The Daily Wire reports:

In new guidelines  issued on the official Planned Parenthood website, the  federally subsidized corporation explains how parents should talk to their pre-schoolers about gender roles, sexuality, masturbation, and transgenderism, even offering tips on how to tell if your toddler “is transgender or gender nonconforming.”

Advice from the guidelines includes:

Be mindful of how you talk around your kid, too. Talking to (or in front of) your daughter about growing up and having boyfriends or marrying a man (and vice versa) sends the message that girls are supposed to like boys, and boys are supposed to like girls, and that anything else is wrong or not normal. While kids this young don’t know their sexual orientation yet, assuming they’re straight could make them sacred to come to you or feel bad about themselves later. This can lead to mental health issues, unhealthy relationships, and taking more health risks when they reach their teenage years.

So, along with freaking parents out over potentially triggering a mental illness in their child, Planned Parenthood provides the litmus test for determining whether or not your child is transgender.

The most frightening words from that piece are “Federally Funded”.

Stacy McCain sums it up pretty well

Amazingly the same people who insist that removing federal funding from Planned Parenthood’s attempts to teaching 4 year olds about Masturbation and transgenderism is a sign of hate would scream bloody murder at the thought of the Federal government funding Sr. John Dominic’s Education in Virtue curriculum.

So I ask the obvious question? If you are a parent Which program would you want your young child to be in so they would grow up to be a responsible and sensible adult?


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And as I’ve said before if you can’t spare the cash we will be happy to accept your prayers.

There are many things that we can do in response to the Press/Democrat/Liberal Jihad on the Trump administration.

We can treat Democrats in the same way they do Trump and hold them to the same legal standards (special prosecutors at the drop of a hat , massive protests whenever they try to speak,  lawsuits whenever possible ) in the hopes that being on the receiving end of Democrat treatment might cause them to temper their behavior in the same way that directly confronting Antifa in Berkeley suddenly caused the university and the city to decide enforcing the law was a good idea.

But if you claim Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular there is one avenue that we need to be active on in terms of defending this administration.

Prayer.

We need to be praying for this president and his administration on a daily basis, asking God to protect and inspire it toward his will, because as St. Paul noted we are fighting against more than earthly powers and if we are to prevail we need to make this fight on all fronts.

For myself as part of my daily 2 hour prayer routine I offer the 3rd Sorrowful mystery the Crowning with Thorns for President Trump and this administration.  It is an appropriate choice not only because of the treatment of said administration by the press which takes joy in their attempts to inflict pain and humiliation on it but because “contempt of the world” that is, contempt for what the desires and pressures of the world when serving God is the traditional intention in St. Louis De Montfort famous volume on praying the Rosary.

There are some who might discount such an action as many people think of their Christian faith as a social club that meets on Sundays.

But if you actually believe in the truth of Christianity and in what Christ actually said this is not only logical and rational but necessary if we want things to improve.

So if you are a Catholic (or even if you are not) I invite you to join me in this daily devotion for the sake of this administration and by extension for our common country.

May God bless our efforts