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Prayer, the lifting of the mind and heart to God, plays an essential role in the life of a devout Catholic. Without a life of prayer, we risk losing the life of grace in our souls, grace that comes to us first in baptism and later chiefly through the other sacraments and through prayer itself (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2565). Through prayer we enter into the presence of the Godhead dwelling in us. It is prayer which allows us to adore God, by acknowledging his almighty power; it is prayer that allows us to bring our thanks, our petitions, and our sorrow for sin before our Lord and God.

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Blessing of a Child in the Womb

The “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb”
was crafted to support parents awaiting
the birth of their child,
to encourage parish prayers for
–and recognition of–the precious gift
of the child in the womb,
and to foster respect for
human life within society.
It may be offered within the context
of the Mass as well as outside of Mass.

God, author of all life,
bless, we pray, this unborn child;
give constant protection
and grant a healthy birth
that is the sign of our rebirth one day
into the eternal rejoicing of heaven…

~ excerpt from the Prayer of Blessing

 

Prayers for Life

For our nation,
that the values of life and liberty
may truly be our watchwords;
We pray to the Lord.

That the good seed of the Gospel of Life
may take root in our land
and grow to the glory of God;
We pray to the Lord.

For those who are mentally disabled,
that we might cherish the gifts God has given them,
and in their lives hear the voice of our loving God;
We pray to the Lord.

For every person who suffers from violence,
and especially for women whose pain breaks their hearts,
that through the intercession of she
whose heart was pierced with a sword,
they might know peace and strength;
We pray to the Lord.

For those who mourn the death of a child,
that they may be given the strength
and courage to face the future,
and that they may be understood and blessed;
We pray to the Lord.

For all who work in abortions clinics:
that through the intercession of the Mother of God,
they might come to love the unborn child;
We pray to the Lord.

For all who do not embrace the rights of the unborn
that, in love, they may come to know and treasure
the infinite value of every human person;
We pray to the Lord.

For those who provide or cooperate in abortions,
that by our love for the truth and for them,
they might turn from darkness and death;
We pray to the Lord.

For all who are tempted to sin against life,
that they might turn from darkness
and embrace the infinite love and light of God;
We pray to the Lord.

For all who are very sick,
and especially those afflicted by HIV/AIDS,
that we might care for them
with the compassion an

 

Prayer for Internal Peace

Great God, who has told us, “Vengeance is mine,” save us from ourselves,
save us from the vengeance in our hearts, and the acid in our souls.

Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt,
to punish as we have been punished,
to terrorize as we have been terrorized.

Give us the strength it takes to listen rather than to judge,
to trust rather than to fear, to try again and again
to make peace even when peace eludes us.

We ask, O God, for the grace to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision to be builders of the human community rather than its destroyers.
We ask for the humility as a people to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples.

 

Peace in the World Comes from Peace in the Heart

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.