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Category Archives: Prayers addressed to God the Father through Christ

WHAT FATHER HAS EVER SHARED HIS CHILDREN’S GRIEFS AS GOD HAS SHARED OURS?

WHAT FATHER HAS EVER SHARED HIS CHILDREN’S GRIEFS AS GOD HAS SHARED OURS?

GOD IS OUR FATHER

God is our Father, and we are His children by predilection; idle and wasteful, unworthy to be still called His sons, and nevertheless, still His heirs, still the objects of His paternal tenderness.

What mother has ever watched over the cradle of her first-born with the solicitude which He has shown for us? What father has ever shared his children’s griefs as God has shared ours, or bestowed his treasures more generously upon them, without even making the smallest claim on their gratitude?

Never has an affectionate father, in leading his children to bewail their fault, by showing them the pain it has caused him, and by redoubling the proofs of his affection, shown such patience as God has employed to touch our hardened hearts, and led us, humbled but more loving, to His feet. Even the rigour of His chastisements becomes dear to us, since they are accompanied by such favours and such fresh contrivances of His love.

– Fr Faber in Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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MINUTE MEDITATION: THE MERCIFUL HEART OF JESUS

MINUTE MEDITATION: THE MERCIFUL HEART OF JESUS

HE GIVES HIS LIFE TO SNATCH US, HIS CHOSEN SHEEP, FROM THE DEATH OF SIN AND OF HELL.

Tender and compassionate, immense and truly incomprehensible is the pity of the Heart of Jesus for our miseries.

It was pity which made Him descend from heaven to earth, to work so many prodigies of mercy and compassion on our behalf. Like a good shepherd, He gives His life to snatch us, His chosen sheep, from the death of sin and of hell. Lamb of God, He exposes Himself to the rigours of divine justice, that we may be spared. Mediator between God and man, He consents to be abandoned, that we may be received into the friendship of His Heavenly Father.

And all this mercy, all this compassion, is living still in the Heart of Jesus. How He grieves to see so many perishing, or exposing themselves to perishing eternally! “O men,” He cries to them, “my poor children, why do you perish thus? Rather return to Me and live.”

“Return to Me and live.”

And when at length, contrite and humbled we return to Jesus, oh! with what tender mercy and compassion He welcomes us, embraces us, and re-establishes us in our rights! And – prodigy truly incomprehensible! – He even forgets our iniquities, so that, banishing from His Heart all resentment and all idea of vengeance, He seems never to have suffered the smallest injury at our hands.

– From: Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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MY FATHER, I ABANDON MYSELF TO YOU

My Father, I abandon myself to you. Do with me as you will.
Whatever you may do with me, I thank you.
I am prepared for anything, I accept everything.
Provided your will is fulfilled in me and in all
creatures I ask for nothing more my God.
I place my soul in your hands.
I give it to you, my God,
with all the love of my heart
because I love you.

And for me it is a necessity of love,
this gift of myself,
this placing of myself in your hands
without reserve
in boundless confidence
because you are my Father.
Amen.

– Bl. Charles de Foucauld

 

NOVENA PRAYER TO GOD THE FATHER

Heavenly Father, I adore You,
and I count myself as nothing
before Your Divine Majesty.
You alone are Being, Life, Truth and Goodness.
Helpless and unworthy as I am,
I honour You, I praise You, I thank You,
and I love You in union with Jesus Christ,
Your Son, our Saviour and our Brother,
in the merciful kindness of His Heart
and through His infinite merits.
I desire to serve You, to please You,
to obey You, and to love You always
in union with Mary Immaculate,
Mother of God and our Mother.
I also desire to love and serve my neighbour
for the love of You.
Heavenly Father,
thank You for making me Your child in Baptism.
With childlike confidence I ask You for this special favour: (mention your request).
I ask that Your will be done.
Give me what You know is best for my soul
and for the souls of those for whom I pray.
Give me Your Holy Spirit
to enlighten me and to guide me
in the way of Your commandments and holiness,
while I strive for the happiness of heaven
where I hope to glorify You forever.
Amen.

 

‘FATHER, I WANT TO OPEN A BLANK PAGE’ – DAILY CONSECRATION TO GOD

Holy Father, in the name of Jesus, I cry out for Your mercy and forgiveness of my sins. I repent and renounce all of them.

Forgive me, my God, for offending You, for offending Your image and likeness in me, for offending this same image and likeness in my neighbour.

Cleanse me in the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, purify every stain of sin in me, have mercy on me.

And now, Father, I want to open a blank page for this day that is beginning and I ask You, in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son and my Lord, to fill it out with everything that happens to me today according to Your will. Subject my will to Yours as I put myself entirely in Your hands to be led by Your Holy Spirit through Your pathways.

I proclaim that You are my God and Lord, the One who saves, sustains, exalts, protects and heals me, in whom I put all my hope and trust. For everything I have received from You, I give You glory and thanks; for everything I have yet to receive, I praise and bless You.

Pray for me, O holy Mother of God!

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

PRAYER TO ABANDON YOURSELF TO GOD

Charles de Focault was born into an aristocratic family in France. In his twenties he had a powerful religious experience and from then on he dedicated his life to God. He lived among the people of the Sahara, and died at the hand of an assassin during an uprising against the French. This is a prayer of his, which echo the words of Jesus at His crucifixion, as recorded in Luke 24:46.

PRAYER:

Father, I abandon myself into Your hands;
do with me what You will.
Whatever You do I thank You.
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only Your Will be done in me,
as in all Your creatures,
I ask no more than this, my Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to You, O Lord,
with all the love of my heart,
for I love You, my God, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into Your hands,
without reserve and with total confidence,
for You are my Father.
Amen.

 

MY GOD, I AM SO SORRY

AN ACT OF CONTRITION WITH GOOD RESOLUTIONS

(Here call to mind the chief sins of your past life and make resolutions against the temptations and dangerous occasions you may meet with this day.)

O my God, how little have I served thee in time past! How greatly have I sinned against thee! I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is always before me. But I repent, O Lord, I repent. I am heartily sorry that I have spent that time in offending thee which thou hast given me to be employed in thy service, in advancing the good of my own soul and obtaining everlasting life. I am sorry above all things that I have offended thee, because thou art infinitely good and sin is infinitely displeasing to thee. I desire to love thee with my whole heart, and firmly propose, by the help of thy grace, to serve thee more faithfully in the time to come.

Accept, I implore thee, the offering I now make to thee of the remainder of my life. I renew the vows and promises made in my Baptism. I renounce the devil and all his works, the world and all its pomps. I now begin and will endeavour to spend this day according to thy holy Will, performing all my actions in a manner pleasing to thee. I will take particular care to avoid the failings I am so apt to commit and to exercise the virtues most agreeable to my state in life.
Amen.