Prayer Breakdown!

Prayer Breakdown

Here we are with another Prayer Breakdown! This is one of my favorite prayers, among many and it is great to say in the morning and at night. The Guardian Angel Prayer!

Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day (night), be at my side, To light and guard, Rule and guide.

Amen.

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Angel of God, my guardian dear.

In just those few words a lot is conveyed. God is the creator of everything that is on the earth, in both spiritual and physical form. There are bad angels as well but our Guardian Angels are OF God. They are our guardians that God has blessed us with to act as our protectors on earth. Each person is given a special angel who will follow them throughout their lives. Guardian Angels are pure spiritual beings who were created by God as such. When we are so in tune with our spiritual lives then we could even communicate with our Guardian Angels much like many of the saints.

To whom God’s love commits me here.

Without God’s love none of us would be here, it is that simple. God really loves us or else He would not have even bothered to create us much less send His Son to bring us salvation. That is a concept that I think some people find difficulty grasping – the love of God. No matter what difficulties come up, horrible tragedies happen or what we do, God loves us. It is up to us to reciprocate the love that He has for us. He bestowed upon us our very own Guardian Angel.

Ever this day (night), be at my side, to light and guard, rule and guide.

With this prayer we are asking our Guardian Angels to be with us throughout the day as well as the night. The work of the devil has no end; therefore, we must constantly be vigilant. With this prayer we are asking for our angel to be by our side, to help act as a mentor of sorts. We are asking them to light the way of the path that we should take, to help us do the right thing. To help guard us against the evil of the world as well as our own free will if we are going to make the wrong decision. They will guide us through if we allow them because God has sent them specifically for us.

When you say this prayer, close your eyes and try to get in touch with your guardian angel. And imagine the love that God must have for us is He is willing to give us each our very own Guardian Angel.

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Prayer Breakdown!

Saint Michael

Drum roll please….we have another Prayer Breakdown!!! This time we are going to break down a well known prayer and one that is quite powerful: The Saint Michael the Archangel.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

There is a reason that this prayer should be prayed every day, because we are constantly in a battle. Ever since the fall of satan and then later the fall of man, there has been a constant battle. When Adam and Eve defied God they did it because their pride got the best of them. This is what too often occurs with us humans and where our major weakness is. That is why we have to make a conscious effort to fight this part of ourselves that could cause complete separation from God. If you live your life how Christ told us to then the enemy will try his best to cause you to falter and to turn away from God. That is why Saint Michael is here to help defend us.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

The devil is always going to be waiting for any of us to show any sign of weakness. He is also setting up snares, just like a hunter, to capture the followers of Christ. Through Christ we can find strength and through Saint Michael we can find a good defense team mate. He of all the angels understands the most how evil the devil truly is, he is the one who kicked the devil out of heaven. We are tempted everyday to the lures of sin and the one providing those snares are the devil. This is why we have to be on constant guard against him, avoiding occurrences that can cause us to sin and people who don’t have Christ.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls

Saint Michael can be our biggest spiritual cheerleader, besides Jesus Christ of course. He is our prince on earth because he is here to defend us against the ways of satan. Which is where O Prince of the heavenly hosts comes from; because he is our prince that was assigned here by God. There is one very poignent and down right scary line from this prayer: who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. That is their one goal, their one desire – to ruin our souls. When we pray this, we include in there our own soul that the devil will try to ruin. This is done through sin which the devil makes it seem as if it is okay – it feels right so why not? That is the mantra that so many people have in today’s society which is exactly what the devil wants. Instead we should be asking what God wants, what Jesus would want us to do and how can we live Christ’s life for us. These are ways that we can stop the devil from becoming a wrong part of our life.

Make the Saint Michael a constant part of your prayer life because we are in a battle. It is not the battle against the devil that Hollywood portrays. No, because this battle can lead to eternal separation from God.

Glory Be

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The Glory Be is the prayer that we will be focusing on today, which is a very common prayer to all Catholics. So common, that we often times recite it without true understanding of what it means. Glory be to the Father, And to the Son, And to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Glory be to the Father

When we use the term glory, it is used as a high form of endearment. It is used for those who are magnificent and worthy of great honor. In this case it is appropriately used to describe God, who created us, sent us His Son to save our lives and loves us more than we could ever know. Every day we should be giving Glory to God because of all the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. It is beautiful to think about everything that we have been blessed with from God; family, friends, food, the sun, moon, stars and every breath we are able to take. We consciously give God the honor that He so deserves because of His everlasting love.

And to the Son

Again, we give great honor to the Son of God who is Jesus Christ. Jesus was given to us through the love that God had for us. Jesus was completely man yet completely divine, however He never used that to His advantage. He could have boasted about how great He was because He was the son of God but instead He humbled Himself. He came to save the sinners and those who did not have God in the complete and true way. He came to bring peace, love and fulfillment to those who were willing to dedicate their life to Jesus.

And to the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit gives us gifts, seven to be exact, they are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These are important gifts that are given because they help us to live a more fulfilled life in Christ. The Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, allowing them to speak in tongues, “Jesus sends the Holy Spirit in the form of fiery tongues on His Apostles and disciples” (Acts 2:2-4). This was done so that they could more fully spread the truth of Jesus Christ to others, in order that they could also be saved.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end

Honor will always be with God, just as it was in the beginning, how it is now and how it will always be. This will never go away, to the end of the earthly world and the beginning of the next in Heaven. The Trinity will always be the divine presence that defines our life and our faith. We should always give praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The next time you say this prayer, remember what it stands for. It is said for the purpose of giving honor to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity.

The Lord’s Prayer

Hey everyone! I am here today with another prayer breakdown. This time it is with one that is fundamental to our Catholic Faith, given to us by Jesus Himself; the Our Father! Here we go!

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Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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Our Father

These are two simple words that hold so much meaning. Our Father is God, the creator of the universe, everything that we can see and everything that we can’t. Creator of the air, sky, stars, sun, moon, planets, animals, everything. To say that He is our Father, is an honor to us because here this creator of the world is saying that He is our Father. Fathers take care of their children, they hold them when they cry, praise them when something is done right and scold them when the rules are broken. To think that this Almighty God has taken on this role is enough to help you know that He loves you; through good and bad He is our Father.

Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name

Heaven is what we are “aiming” for on earth, it is where our journey through life will take us – if we follow God’s word. Who art in Heaven is a way of saying who is in Heaven because that is where of course God is. Hallowed be thy name is a way of giving respect and giving Honor. So we are saying during this prayer to our Father who lives in Heaven, we must give Him honor and praise; complete adoration.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven

The Kingdom of God is where God dwells. When the end time comes, then the Kingdom of God will be with those who have been living their lives through teachings of Christ. We have to do God’s Will on earth, just as it is done in Heaven in order to fully live in the glory of Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

Our daily bread is Jesus Christ. We have bread that sustains our physical body and we have bread that sustains the spiritual side of our body as well. Just as Jesus Himself said: “I am tmaxresdefaulthe bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst”. In essence, our Spiritual bread is much more important than physical bread. In order to be fully complete in life we have to completely give our lives to Christ. If we truly, 100%, gave our lives over to Jesus then we would be fine having just a small meal because our spiritual side is fulfilled. That is a hard place to get to but that is why we pray for God to give us our daily bread of His mercy, love and direction.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

This is perhaps the second most difficult part of the prayer to put into “action”, aside from being sustained by our daily bread. We are asking God to forgive us our sins, just as we forgive those who sin against us. One of the most difficult things in this world is to truly forgive someone who was hurt you but it is one of the things that will bring us closer to God. When Jesus died on the Cross, He asked God to forgive those who did that to Him. That is a really huge deal because most of these people were not contrite for what they had done but that didn’t stop Jesus. When we forgive someone, we are not doing it because they feel bad for what they had done; instead we are doing it because we put God above ourselves. When someone hurts you, you go to Jesus and give Him your hurt. Then the next step is to say to yourself and to God that you forgive them and you continue to pray for them; for their heart to turn to Christ. If they sForgiveeek you asking for forgiveness, give it to them. If they never speak to you again after what they did, forgive them. We are asking God to forgive us for the sins we committed, we have to truly give forgiveness as well.

 

 

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

God will never test us as if we are taking an exam; He will give us situations that we are able to handle. I think sometimes people get a little confused at that, when people say “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle”. To a certain extent that is true but if you have God in a truly deep way then you can handle it. Some people blame God, curse Him and ask why bad things keep happening. I used to be one of those people! That is when we are completely failing God because we are not turning to Him completely. Yes, bad things happen and as long as we are on the journey God has for us they will continue to happen. Are we going to completely ignore that God is here with us and will guide us through the storms? Or are we going to look up to God and tell Him that I can do anything through You. Evil is all around us in this world, we have to fight the temptations, follow Gods word and keep ourselves free from sin by using the sacrament of confession. That is how God will deliver us from evil, we must be willing to let evil go though.

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Prayer Breakdown! #1

Welcome to our first ever Prayer Breakdown! Sometimes when we pray we can lose sight of what the prayer stands for. In the repetition we miss the deeper meaning that brings beauty to the prayer. That is what brought me to mind to start a regular posting titled Prayer Breakdown that will help us to delve deeper into the meaning of a prayer instead of just saying the words.

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We’ll start with one that is well known, the Saint Francis Prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace

What a powerful way to start a beautiful prayer. Through this we are asking God to make us an instrument of His peace. We should all strive to be instruments of God, to be His people on earth. God’s greatest commandment, told to us by Jesus, is love. When you are peaceful you are filled with love. I think we can look a bit deeper and know that when we are filled with the Lords peace we want to save as many souls as we can while maintaining our Catholic Christian identity. We don’t want to be instruments of the world we want to be instruments of God.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith

Sowing is something done by farmers to plant their crops for a new harvest; appropriately used in this prayer.  We are asking to be used as instruments of God to spread His will throughout the world. We want to sow love where these is hatred. Like I said before, when we are full of the Lords peace we are filled with love. When we see hatred we want to give people Gods love in order to bring them to the light of Christ. This can only be done if we are willing to be instruments for God. Where there is injury pardon. This can of course mean physical injury but it could also mean emotional injury as well. How many times has someone said something mean to you? How many times have you gotten into a fight with someone? Instead of seething in deep seeded hatred, sow pardon by forgiving them. If they don’t ask for forgiveness, still give them forgiveness. Where there is doubt, faith. This is a big one because when people have doubt they are not fully experiencing God’s love. We live in a world where there has to be physical proof for everything. God is much bigger than needing to provide physical proof to His existence, He sent us His son. It is up to us to preach to the nonbelievers and the hardened hearts to bring God to them.

Where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

Despair is the complete absence of hope, Jesus is hope! If we feel despair then we are denying Christ and His message to us. As followers of Christ we have to sow the seeds in others to feel the hope of Christ. Where there is darkness, light. This world is filled with darkness but by living the life that Christ has for us and living His message we can being light to this world. Again, if we give ourselves to God to be used as instruments of His peace then we are adding to the light in the world and taking away the darkness of the evil one. Where there is sadness, joy. Jesus is joy! If people knew that and completely understood how much God loves us, it would take away the sadness in their heart.

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love

It is important if we want to be instruments of God to be just like He is and God is not selfish; He gave us His Son and Jesus died for us. We are unworthy, yet He saw us as worth of such an enormous sacrifice. So we have to put others first before ourselves. That I may not so much seek to consoled as to console. That I will console others before myself, that I will understand before I am understood and I would rather fill my heart with than to get that love in return. For what we do for others, God does for us! When we console others, God consoles us; God understands us better than we even understand and God loves us more than we can ever imagine.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life

It is giving selflessly that we return what we gave. Now, this does not necssarly mean that if you donate $100 you will be getting that back – that would be defeating the purpose. When we give, we receive the graces of eternal life. When we give, simply to help someone out of the depth of our hearts then we get grace return. When we pardon others for their transgressions against us, then we will receive that same mercy.  The prayers ends as beautifully as it started, it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. We are living in this world to make ourselves worthy to enter Heaven and spend eternity with Jesus! The things mentioned in this prayer by Saint Francis are what will help us to become worthy to be in the same Heaven as God and Jesus Christ. We have to sow the seeds of our faith in order to make other souls as well as ourselves worthy of eternal life.

I hope you enjoyed this first Prayer Breakdown! This is one (of many!) favorite prayers that I have!