Inspiration

A Prayer for When Things Feel Hopeless

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O Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favors hast been called the Advocate of the Hopeless and even of the Impossible; St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified, so patient, and of such compassionate love for thy Crucified Jesus that thou couldst obtain from Him whatsoever thou askest, on account of which all confidently have recourse to thee expecting, if not always relief, at least comfort; be propitious to our petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy suppliant; be lavish to us, as thou hast been in so many wonderful cases, for the greater glory of God, for the spreading of thine own devotion, and for the consolation of those who trust in thee. We promise, if our petition is granted, to glorify thee by making known thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever.

Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart
of Jesus, we pray thee grant that [here mention your request].
By the singular merits of thy childhood, obtain for us our request.
By thy perfect union with the Divine Will,
obtain for us our request.
By thy heroic sufferings during thy married life,
obtain for us our request.
By the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy
husband, obtain for us our request.
By the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously
offend God, obtain for us our request.
By the miraculous entrance into the convent,
obtain for us our request.
By thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings,
obtain for us our request.
By the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the
thorn of thy Crucified Savior, obtain for us our request.
By the Divine love which consumed thy heart,
obtain for us our request.
By that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, on which
alone thou didst exist for four years, obtain for us our request.

By the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join
thy Divine Spouse, obtain for us our request.

By the perfect example thou gavest to people of every state of life. Pray for us, O holy St. Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. LET US PRAY. O God, Who in Thine infinite tenderness hast vouchsafed to regard the prayer of Thy servant, Blessed Rita, and dost grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill, and efforts, in reward of her compassionate love and firm reliance on Thy promise, have pity on our adversity and succor us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

—Prayer to Saint Rita

 

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Rituals of Life

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I invite you to enter for a moment
into Sacred Time and Space,
into a way of seeing that is broad and spacious.
See this Day, from the time you arose this morning
until you sleep this evening, as one Ceremony,
divided into small and familiar rituals,
your Heart as the Altar.
You, part of the Cycles of Light and Darkness.
Now begin to see your Life,
from the moment of your Conception
until the time of your Death
as one long, continuous Ceremony,
filled with many rituals,
some familiar, some unknown and challenging.
Your Home and all Your Relations, the Altar.

You, part of many Seasons and Cycles.

—Briane Baxter

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration, Uncategorized

Novena to Saint Jude

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Sacred heart of Jesus be adored
glorified, loved and preserved
throughout the world
now and forever.
Sacred heart of Jesus pray for us.
St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us.
St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us.
thank you St. Jude.
Amen..
– Catholic Liturgy

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.