Sunday, August 29, 2010

My 3 Favourite Prayers

I've recently been tagged by Clay Imoo in an internet meme going around consisting of your 3 favourite prayers. Many prominent bloggers, including Clay and Gene Monterastelli of Apex Ministries, have given their thoughts.

Here are my 3 favourite prayers, besides the sacrificial prayer of the Mass:

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel: This prayer was originally taught to me by my Gr. 10 religion teacher, and again has been ingrained in me by Msgr. Smith who recites it with the congregation at the end of every mass at Christ the Redeemer. We should never forget the help that we can receive from God's messengers, especially from the leader of his army, in battling the demons that constantly try to turn us from God. It is a prayer that reminds me how important it is to fight for my soul, and to fight for the Church.

The Rosary: One of the most beautiful, humble, intimate prayers that I recite, this collection of Hail Marys, Our Fathers and Glory Be's is a powerful spiritual weapon. We should never ever forget to ask for the intercession of our Blessed Mother. The fact that I started trying to pray the Rosary daily 2 years ago, and that the spiritual fruits of peace and joy in my life have dramatically increased over the past 2 years, is no coincidence.

Suscipe: I say this prayer every night immediately before I go to sleep. Latin for "receive", this prayer was written by St. Ignatius of Loyola. It is a beautiful reminder to me that I need to let go and let God, in every aspect of my life. The only thing I need to rely on is his Grace:

"Take Lord, and receive, all my memory, my liberty, my understanding, and my entire will; all that I have and call my own. You have given it all to me; to you I return it. Everything I have is yours. Do with it what you Will. Give me only your love and your grace. That is enough for me."

I'm supposed to tag other people in this, in the hopes that they can reflect on it themselves and pass it onto others. I don't know too many internet blogger savvy people, or people who write a lot of Facebook notes, so I guess you're it Msgr. Smith and Sarah Buckham.

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