The Holy Name of Jesus

The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus in the Roman Catholic Church. Today, January 3rd we observe the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Below is a beautiful prayer known as the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Litanies are prayers containing a series of petitions and responses to God, the Blessed Mother and the saints. The word “litany” comes from the Greek word “lite” meaning prayer or supplication.

They are traditionally recited or sung during special Church celebrations and Masses. Some litanies can also be prayed privately.

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The Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary in the Roman Catholic Church. On October 7th, the annual feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated. The Rosary has a rich and interesting history that could not be presented or explained in a simple blog post…

I feel it’s most important to focus on what the Rosary is and why it is beautiful and powerful. My hope is that those who don’t already pray the Rosary will begin to; and those who already do will deepen and spread the devotion.

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Divine Mercy

In my previous post, Change, I promised that I would focus on trust in the next one. I’m a woman of my word, so here it is!

Trust is a theme that will appear in many of my posts (either directly or indirectly). While there are several reasons for this, the main reason is because trust is the key to our faith and relationship with God.

When we put our trust in the Lord, our lives and souls are transformed. The more we trust, the more graces we receive and the closer we’re united to Him.

One’s confidence in God is increased and strengthened when the soul is nourished with prayer, Sacred Scripture and writings aligned with Church teaching, Mass, and the Sacraments (especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation). One way that I’ve increased my trust in God has been through my devotion to Divine Mercy.

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Change

Change can be difficult to experience and accept. We’re creatures of habit, and we get “comfortable” with our routines. We usually want everything to take place in a particular way because we think we know best. The truth is, we’re only able to see a small piece of the picture; our view is limited and narrow.

When we pray for a specific intention, events may start to occur and create a “shift.” This may appear to be different than what we prayed for, causing us to feel confused, uncomfortable or angry.

Even when we experience a “positive” change in our lives, we may feel resistant to accept it at first! We may not realize that in order for prayers to be answered, some kind of change is usually involved.

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