Prayer & DevotionS

I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God. 

~Romans 12: 1-2

"Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication: Be attentive to me and hear me." 

~PSALM 54: 2-3

Where does prayer come from? Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the whole man who prays. But in naming the source of prayer, Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or the spirit, but most often of the heart (more than a thousand times). According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain. 

The heart is the dwelling-place where I am, where I live; according to the Semitic or Biblical expression, the heart is the place "to which I withdraw." The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully. The heart is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic drives. It is the place of truth, where we choose life or death. It is the place of encounter, because as image of God we live in relation: it is the place of covenant. 

Christian prayer is a covenant relationship between God and man in Christ. It is the action of God and of man, springing forth from both the Holy Spirit and ourselves, wholly directed to the Father, in union with the human will of the Son of God made man.

~CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, PARAGRAPHs 2562-2564

 Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. the religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church's sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc.

These expressions of piety extend the liturgical life of the Church, but do not replace it. They "should be so drawn up that they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred liturgy, are in some way derived from it and lead the people to it, since in fact the liturgy by its very nature is far superior to any of them." 

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1674-1675

Catholic Online - Prayers

Search just about any prayer that exists. The prayers are in text and video forms. 
Catholic Online has an extensive collection of beautiful Catholic Prayers, including: * Prayer of the Day * Prayers for all ages * Prayers for all intentions * Prayer resources * Prayers to Saints * Prayers for all seasons

The Divine  Mercy . org

On this website, you will find everything you need to know about Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion, including the history behind it, where it's found in scripture

DIVINE MERCY - FATHER MICHEAL GAITLEY

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC "Discerning the Spirit: Now is the Time for Mercy"

Now is the time of mercy! Father Mike discusses the Divine Mercy devotion and Consecration to Jesus through our Blessed Mother Mary. Awesome talk!

DIVINE OFFICE COMMUNITY

This is a great site if you would like to learn more about praying the Divine Office. As of right now, the organization grants free access to the daily prayers to priests, deacons, nuns, sisters, brothers and those who have been praying in the community, but failed to register. They will also grant access to anyone with disabilities. If any of these apply to you, you are asked to contact them by email.They also offer an awesome free app! Check it out in your app store.

The Examen Prayer - IgnaitianSpirituality.com

This is a link to a free, printable, pdf prayercard with simple steps for a daily examination of conscience from IgnatianSpirituality.com
These are resources to help you learn all about the Examen Prayer.

Morning Offering Email

Sign up for a free, daily, morning email that includes morning prayers, daily mass readings, information on the saints and feast days and links to the Liturgy of the Hours prayers. Awesome!

LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON SOME ASPECTS OF CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, November 2018
CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH, October 15, 1989: A letter addressing Christian meditation, what it is and how it differs from Eastern forms of meditation.

Pray More Novenas

**Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month: April 2017**
Pray more novenas with John-Paul and Annie Deddens. Sign up to receive emails with information about the current novena and with daily novena prayer reminders.  

The Divine Mercy Devotion - EWTN

**Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month: April 2017**
A website dedicated to everything you need to know about St. Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy communicated to her by Jesus Christ (The Image, Feast of Mercy, The Indulgence, The Chaplet, The Novena, The Hour, Second Coming, Audio & Video).

Rosary Novena for the Eradication of Sexual Abuse and Scandal within the Church 

**Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, September 2018**

*A FREETRUTH.CA ORIGINAL RESOURCE*

A free, printable pdf resource put together for you by FreeTruth.ca. Share it far and wide! Join us in prayer and sacrifice, beginning September 8, 2018, and continue praying this Novena as often as you like!

The Sacred Heart of Jesus & The Immaculate Heart of Mary

EWTN.com: Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, including novenas and other prayers.

The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross - EWTN

Text of the Stations of the Cross with reflections written by Mother M. Angelica, P.C.P.A. 

The Stations of the Cross by Saint Francis of Assisi

YouTube Video: This video, with images and text, will guide you in prayer and meditation during the Stations of the Cross devotion. This is the version by St. Francis of Assisi.

The Stations of the Cross Through the Heart of Mary

YouTube Video: Performed by the Steubenville San Diego Mission Team, this is acommemoration of The Stations of the Cross through Mary's eyes. 

The Stations of the Cross Video Series - Catholic Online

Beautifully put together videos of each station of the cross with full text underneath. The first video is an introduction to and explanation of the Stations of the Cross Devotion.