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This post is a collection of different kinds of prayer, ways to pray, devotions, sacramentals, etc. It is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is the numbering in any way more than a simple way of listing them. You will probably find most of the list familiar, but I have tried to give a link to all of them in order to explain the content, method, or kind of prayer in some way. I recommend your feedback or additions to the list. I hope you will find this helpful.
- Confession / Reconciliation / Penance
- Anointing of the Sick
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- The Holy Rosary
- Sign of the Cross
- Liturgy of the Hours
- Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)
- Hail Mary
- Glory Be
- The Apostle’s Creed
- The Nicene Creed
- The Angelus
- Guardian Angel Prayer
- St. Michael The Archangel Prayer
- Lectio Divina
- Meal Blessing (Grace)
- Divine Mercy Chaplet
- Bible study
- The Beatitudes
- Novenas (There are many different ones)
- Litanies (There are many different ones)
- Act of Spiritual Communion
- Consecration to Mary (this is a sample of one way to do it)
- Blessings (There are many different ones)
- Hail Holy Queen
- Fatima Prayer (for the Rosary)
- Fatima Prayer (for reparation)
- Examination of Conscience (There are many different ones)
- Act of Contrition (There are several different ones)
- Act of Faith (There are several different ones)
- Act of Hope (There are several different ones)
- Act of Love (There are several different ones)
- Prayer of Abandonment (There are several different ones)
- Prayer for a Happy Death (There are several different ones)
- Morning Offering (There are many different ones)
- The Divine Praises
- Blessing and Adoration to God
- Vocal Prayer
- Regina Coeli
- Singing hymns
- Praise and Worship
- Lorica of St. Patrick
- Prayer for Travelers
- Anima Christi
- Renewal of Baptismal Promises
- Prayer for Vocations (There are many different ones)
- Prayer After Mass (There are many different ones)
- Prayer Before Mass (There are many different ones)
- Offering Suffering for Others / “Offering it up” (There are many different ones)
- Prayers for Souls in Purgatory (There are many different ones)
- Prayer to the Holy Spirit (There are many different ones)
- Come, Holy Spirit
- Prayers of the Saints (There are millions of different ones)
- Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
- Holy reading / Spiritual reading
- St. Alphonsus method of mental prayer
- St. Theresa of Avila’s method of mental prayer
- Canticle of Zechariah
- Canticle of Simeon
- Prayer before Confession (There are several different ones)
- Blessing of a house
- Praying with the Psalms
- Devotion of the Scapular (There are different kinds of scapular devotions)
- Prayer as a couple (There are many different ones)
- Family prayer (There are many different ones)
- Spiritual Bouquets
- Spiritual journaling
- Sacred Heart devotion
- Devotion to the Miraculous Medal
- Praying with Holy cards
- Agnus Dei
- Prayer before a crucifix (There are many different ones)
- Votive Offerings - Prayer while lighting a candle
- The Jesus Prayer
- Devotion to the Child Jesus
- Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Praying with Icons
- Charismatic prayer (speaking in tongues, slain in the Spirit, etc.)
- Prayer for peace (There are many different ones)
- Prayer for healing (There are many different ones)
- Prayer for the unborn (There are many different ones)
Please add your own in the comments.
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One of the more unique stories of a priest. Here is a snip:
To Father Jim Chamberlain, engineering and priestly ministry are not merely compatible; they’re complementary.
Father Jim, Ph.D., P.E., is the pastor of Our Lady of Victory in Purcell, and the pastoral administrator of Saint Catherine of Siena in Pauls Valley.
He also is a staff research engineer for the University of Oklahoma WaTER Center, which aims to provide safe water and sanitation for emerging regions through education, research and service.
Both his interest in the priesthood and his aptitude for engineering began as he was growing up in Longview, Texas. When he was 13, his older brother, Tom, became a priest for the Diocese of Austin.
“I would kind of shadow him at his parish and was really intrigued with his work,” Father Jim said.
As a senior in high school, Father Jim notched the title of “Outstanding Math and Science Graduate,” and he subsequently earned a B.S. in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University.
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- The first secret is there are no secrets! Rather, it takes a lot of perseverance humility, honesty, and grace to grow in prayer. The real secret is to do the other things below, which most Catholics who are trying to grow in prayer already know about – we just have to do them!
- Don’t over-think prayer. It need not be complicated or burdensome. It is a relationship that God invites you ever deeper into. If we engage our intellect all the time, then we aren’t focusing on the best part of prayer, which resides in the heart. Not the head.
- Be still and quiet yourself. The place you pray, your posture, and the time set aside are important. But, the real key is once you do these things you must rest and be still inside. Try to focus and allow yourself to tune into God’s voice.
- Don’t think of prayer as a chore. Many of us want to grow in prayer and commit ourselves to daily prayer. But, then life gets you going and you try to go “do” your prayer and get it over with to get to other stuff. But, the “other stuff” isn’t nearly as important. So, our priorities and outlook on prayer might need to be adjusted periodically.
- Pray even when you don’t want to. The real test of love is found when we overcome our feelings and thoughts that push us to stop praying. But, God is even more pleased when we choose to pray when we don’t feel like it than when it is easy. Choosing to pray when it is difficult is a sure sign that you love God!
- Yes, the Sacraments matter! There is no better way to pray than to go to Mass. Frequent Confession is also a wonderful way to deepen your prayer life. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a great time/place to pray before our Lord. Don’t discount the graces you receive from the Sacraments.
- You are not alone in prayer – The Holy Spirit is our help! If you know you ought to grow in prayer but lack the desire, then pray for the desire to grow. All of us should ask God to guide us through the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26-27 – “The Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.”
- Establish Good Habits - You should be able to rely on your habits to help you, and not hurt you, in your prayer. A good habit takes 66 days (at least) to establish. So, if you can commit to a routine of prayer for 2 months, you should start to lay the groundwork for healthy prayer habits.
- Accountability Counts - You need someone who is more objective than you are to look at your prayer life and see how you are doing and how the Holy Spirit is working. A spiritual director is invaluable in helping. But, if you don’t think you are ready, even have a holy friend to talk to can be good.
- Try Different Types of Prayer - We all have different tastes in prayer, just like most other things in life. So, try out different types of prayer and see which ones work for you. One caveat – don’t give up too soon on a type of prayer. It might take a good long time to discover whether it is good for you or not.
- Fast Regularly - There is great power in fasting. We see it in Scripture when Jesus fasts and calls his disciples to do the same. When we have better control over the desires of our bodies, we can pray better.
- Overcome Distractions - The simple way to overcome a distraction is to not give into it. Once you realize you are distracted turn your heart and mind back to your prayer, not to examining the distraction. This simple act is the easiest way to defeat distractions.
- Work on a Proper Understanding of God and Self - I can not emphasize this one enough. Many of us struggle to understand how a perfect God could love us and want a relationship with us. But, this is due, mainly, to our bad perceptions of our own dignity and the way God loves us unconditionally.
- Find and Use Good Resources - When you don’t know what to do or how to do it, the resources can help. Resources include people, friends, books, websites, sacramentals (e.g. rosaries), Sacred Scripture, etc.
- Prioritize Prayer. Schedule it. Bump something else. Get up early. Do whatever you have to do, but don’t let a day go by without spending time with the most important person in your life. Don’t wait to start!!!
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10 – It helps teach discipline.
Men should discipline themselves to be in control of their passions and not allow passions to control them.
9 – It avoids the near occasion of sin.
To avert your eyes when you feel tempted to use a woman lustfully is a good thing.
“But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” -Matt 5:19.
8 – Custody of the eyes builds up chastity.
Chastity means properly ordering our sexuality to our current state in life (single, married, religious, priest). If we do not have custody of the eyes, it means our sexuality is dis-ordered toward objectification – not love – and needs to be healed.
7 – It is what every gentleman should do.
No woman who respects herself wants to be lusted after or looked up and down. No real gentleman would dishonor a woman by doing so.
6 – It helps a man to see the whole woman, not just parts of her body.
When most men see an immodestly-dressed woman, their brains automatically start to objectify her. Thus, men need to be able to see the truth about who a woman is – not just to break her down into objects he can use for his selfish pleasure.
5 – It avoids scandal.
Think of King David. If he would have practiced custody of the eyes he might have been able to avoid much worse sins – adultery and murder. Now think of what happens when a man is caught in a lustful look toward a woman.
4 - It helps fight off temptation.
3 – It helps our sisters not feel objectified.
If for no other reason, we should witness to the dignity of a woman by controlling our passions. While our sisters in Christ should also help by dressing modestly, even an immodestly dressed woman is made to be loved.
2 – It is a virtue we should chase after.
It is related to chastity, modesty, and temperance. Without self-control, we are unable to give ourselves away in love. We can’t give what we don’t control.
1 – It focuses us back on more important things.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” – Matt 6:33
Christ should be our first priority. Honoring the height of his creation (our sisters) should be the second. We should be third.
This post is a follow-up to Top 10 Reasons Women Should Dress Modestly.
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**Killing The Red Lizard of Lust
**Reflections On The Questions Of Modesty
**Is Pre-Marital Sex Always Wrong?
**How Women Objectify Men
**Les Miserables and Women’s Fashion
**The Impact of Over-Sexualization of Girls
**Internet + Bathing Suits = Bad Idea
**Advertising, Beauty, and Self-Perception
**Top 10 Reasons Women Should Dress Modestly
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