When there is an awareness of danger or evil, these prayers may be recited to seek God’s mercy and intervention. These powerful prayers also serve as a reminder that our authentic prayers are never solitary. We are never alone in praying for what is good. The angels and saints are constant in union with us in prayer.
For 40 years, Pope Francis has been praying this prayer to St Joseph every day: "It is very beautiful, but more than a prayer it is a challenge, to this friend, to this father, to this our guardian, who is Saint Joseph. It would be wonderful if you could learn this prayer and repeat it."
To protect yourself from the powers of darkness, immediate prayers can be used on occasions of perceived danger or temptation. This blog, extracted from the CTS book Deliver Us From Evil and offered to the faithful by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, provides prayers for immediate use in those times.
Jesus is calling each of us to enter into deep friendship with Him in prayer. To establish this intimate friendship with Jesus, spend one hour a day with Him and He will bless the other twenty-three hours of your day! Why do we do this? Because it is Jesus who is calling us to Himself so that we can avoid sin and practise virtue and He can help us through the trials and sufferings of this life until we rejoice with Him for ever in heaven! Find guidance for this daily hour with Jesus in this blog.
Ask St Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, to protect you and to help you to find Jesus in the beautiful prayer from Pope St John XXIII.
Do you ever struggle to pray? Perhaps you have difficulties staying focused with ADHD, or finding time to pray in a busy schedule. Or maybe you've experienced dryness in prayer or found you have nothing to say when you come to pray. In this blog, explore some common obstacles to prayer and discover how to overcome them, with the help of Fr Ed Broom, OMV.