Besides the Rosary and Divine Mercy sometimes I pray....
Now For a little while or these past weeks I have developed a need to say other prayers. Some of my former prayers I have asked one bishop and a couple of priests about them. One which when the Bishop recommended the prayer of the Heart to me, and rightly so, I gave him what had happened to me with this prayer. The Prayer of the Heart is a byzantine devotion of great strength and I read much about it. Like all of the catholic faith and I see no reason not to call catholic the eastern church, the Latin or the orthodox, we are all looking for a short cut, we want and expect through pride to jump from the mystical to the supernatural. I can say that many catholics do not consider the mystical worthwhile. How many do you know including yourself take part fully in the Holy Mystical Sacramental Life and rites of the Church? The word I asked was fully. Do you even recommend them at least to your children? Do priests call us to the Mystical Life in any way at all? I did not think you could say yes. I remind you all that without the Mystical Life there is no Charity and certainly the Virtue of Religion is not present or taught. This virtue is the outward sign of an interior grace giving rise to the correct attitude of worship before God. Catholics dress better for soirees and parties than they do for church and claim poverty as the reason. What happened to the poverty of the heart?
Returning to the prayer of the heart, I explained to the priest I practised it and for me I found it changed little by little to these words.
I love You my Jesus, You are my Love above all things, I repent with my whole heart for ever having rejected You, never permit me to separate my soul from You again, grant that I might love You always then do with me as You will.
He said it was a good prayer.
I have another one at say at the end of each decade of Divine Mercy.
I give You glory and praise Lord Jesus of Nazareth, beloved Son of Mary and give you thanks for the precious gift of Your Life's blood that brings us to a state of everlasting grace.
The priest at that time said it was very Catholic.
Nowadays I find myself saying this prayer with some adaptations.
Lord Jesus of Nazareth, Son of the Living God, Son of Mary, Crucified Love, who bled to death on the Cross for us, I ask in your Name and through your sacrifice that God our Father will give to all Catholics whether fallen, tepid or practicing a tremendous interior change with a great desire for the Sacrament of Penance.
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