Why do I pray? I pray because the need arises out of me. There is a longing in my life that only the Lord can fill. I have needs only He can meet. I need to pray that His will be done in my life and not mine. I need to spend time in worship and praise while praying for others, that He meet their needs, and that they will get to know Him intimately. And even if my prayers do not change my situation or another person, I have found they always change me.  

When we pray continually...

When we pray continually, God will enlighten us as to what we must do in each situation, even the most difficult. God will speak in our heart. He will find ways. Of course, we can combine prayer with fasting. That is, when we are faced with a serious problem or dilemma, we should approach it with much prayer and fasting. That’s how I have dealt with things often.

— St Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

Please be praying for Timon Stermer who will be a sophomore at Asbury University (my school) this year. He & some friends were in a car wreck on Friday night & Timon & a friend had to be flown to the hospital & sustained critical injuries. As of last night (Sunday), they haven’t improved. Please be praying for peace for the families & the other victims, for physical, mental, & emotional healing, & that God would be glorified in the midst of this awful event.

Prayer to find a spouse

All-Good and Merciful Lord, I know that any enduring happiness in my life dependeth upon my wholehearted love for Thee and upon mine actions according to Thy holy will in all things; wherefore, direct my soul, O God, and fill my heart. I seek to please Thee alone, for Thou art my Creator and my God. Preserve me from pride and self-love. Let reason, modesty and chastity adorn me. Idleness is hateful unto Thee and breedeth vice; grant unto me the inclination to be fruitful in labor, and bless Thou my work. Thy law commandeth that man and wife live in chaste matrimonial union; wherefore lead me, Holy Father, to this blessed calling not for the satisfaction of passions but unto the fulfillment of Thy commandment; for Thou hast said that it is not good that man should live alone and, having created woman as his helper, Thou blessest them to be fruitful and multiply that they may fill the earth. Hear my humble prayer, which ascendeth unto Thee from the depths of my heart: Grant unto me an honest and pious spouse that, through our love and harmony, together we may praise Thee, our Compassionate God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

August 2 is the feast day of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, a nineteenth century French priest.  Eymard founded two religious orders and was passionately devoted to Mary and to the Blessed Sacrament.  

Prayer to Saint Peter Julian Eymard

O Saint Peter Julian, who received the great privilege of so perfectly knowing what treasures are ours in the Most Blessed Sacrament, of being all afire with seraphic love for It, and of consecrating unto It your untiring zeal that It might be perpetually adored and glorified by all mankind, we beg of you to obtain for us the spiritual and the temporal favors of which we stand in need.

Obtain for us particularly to become, in imitation of you, faithful adorers in spirit and truth of the Most Blessed Sacrament, while tending ever more toward the acquiring of Christian Virtue, above all, of sincere humility. Thus we hope to live that life of union with Our Lord which was the aim of your constant zeal, as it is the principal effect of Holy Communion in our souls.

Finally, Saint Peter Julian, obtain for us your own filial devotion toward Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, that we may learn from that dear Divine Mother how to serve and adore on earth Our Savior hidden in His Sacrament, and thus come to adore and glorify Him unveiled in Heaven. Amen.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard, pray for us.

Commitment of Life Devotion

I found this Norito on the Facebook page for the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America. I’ve started to try and chant it at my altar every day. It’s wonderful for someone just starting out with Shinto:

Commitment of Life Devotion

KEI SHIN SEIKATSU NO KŌRYŌ

I am grateful for the blessings of the kami and my ancestors

And will practice my faith with brightness, purity, and sincerity.

Kami no megumi to sosen no on to ni kanshashi

Akaki kiyoki makoto o motte saishi ni isoshimu koto.

I will dedicate myself to serve and benefit the world and all peoples.

I will fulfill my life mission as guided by the kami, dedicating myself with sincerity to achieve peace for the world and for my nation.

Yo no tame hito no tame ni hōshishi

Kami no mikoto mochi toshite yo o tsukuri katame nasu koto.

From my heart, I will humbly follow and respect the kami,

Praying for harmony, prosperity, and peace for all nations of the world.

Ō mikokoro o itadakite mutsubi yawaragi

Kuni no ryūshō to sekai no kyōson kyōei to o inoru koto.

hi tumblr. my boyfriend Ian Childs has been diagnosed with Leukemia. he begins chemo tomorrow. he has such a long and hard journey ahead of him. he is so determined to beat this like it’s nothing. I’ve never meet anyone so strong as uplifting as him. he has more test to come in but he basically has acute leukemia. please pray and keep him and his family in your prayers. ALSO Ian lost his daddy last year to cancer, so we created a fund to help out the family. ALL we ask for is prayers. but if you can donate we would really appreciate it. and if you can’t, please share this!!
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