Consecration To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus # 7

O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Thou didst reveal to the blessed Margaret Mary
Thy desire to rule over Christian families;
behold, in order to please Thee,
we stand before Thee this day,
to proclaim Thy full sovereignty over our family.
We desire henceforth to live Thy life,
we desire that the virtues,
to which Thou hast promised peace on earth,
may flower in the bosom of our family;
we desire to keep far from us the spirit of the world,
which Thou hast condemned.
Thou art King of our minds by the simplicity of our faith;
Thou art King of our hearts by our love of Thee alone,
with which our hearts are on fire
and whose flame we shall keep alive
by frequently receiving the Holy Eucharist.
Be pleased, O Sacred Heart,
to preside over our gathering together,
to bless our spiritual and temporal affairs,
to ward off all annoyance from us,
to hallow our joys and comfort our sorrows.
If any of us has ever been so unhappy
as to fall into the misery of displeasing Thee,
grant that he may remember, O Heart of Jesus,
that Thou art full of goodness and mercy
toward the repentant sinner.
And when the hour of separation strikes
and death enters our family circle,
whether we go or whether we stay,
we shall all bow humbly before Thine eternal decrees.
This shall be our consolation,
to remember that the day will come,
when our entire family,
once more united in heaven,
shall be able to sing of Thy glory
and Thy goodness forever.
May the Immaculate Heart of Mary
and the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph
vouchsafe to offer Thee this our act of consecration,
and to keep the memory thereof alive in us all the days of our lives.
Glory to the Heart of Jesus,
our King and Our Father!

(Source: How to Make Your House a Home, by Rev. Bernard Stokes, O.F.M., Family Life Bureau, Washington D.C., 1955.)

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

Why do we pray?

We pray:

  1. to adore God, expressing to Him our love and loyalty;
  2. to thank Him for His favors;
  3. to obtain from Him the pardon of our sins and the remission of their punishment;
  4. to ask for graces and blessings for ourselves and others.

Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. (Matthew 26:41)

How should we pray?

We should pray:

  1. with attention;
  2. with a conviction of our own helplessness and our dependence upon God;
  3. with a great desire for the graces we beg of Him;
  4. with loving trust in His goodness;
  5. with perseverance.

And all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive. (Matthew 21:22)

For whom should we pray?

We should pray especially for ourselves, for our parents, relatives, friends, and enemies, for sinners, for the souls in purgatory, for the Pope, bishops, and priests of the Church, and for the officials of our country.

But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:44-45)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism