O Mother Of Mercy, Help Of… (To Our Lady)

O Mother of Mercy, Help of Christians,
most faithful minister of Divine Providence,
treasurer of all graces,
remember that never in the world has it been heard
that thou hast left him without comfort
who has come to thee with true devotion.
Wherefore, I, trusting in thy tender pity
and in thy most generous providence,
bend low before thee,
praying that thou wouldst hear my prayer.

Obtain for me a holy provision for the future,
namely, graces for all my spiritual and temporal needs.
I fervently recommend to thy loving motherly Heart our Holy Church,
the Sovereign Pontiff,
the conversion of sinners,
the spread of the Catholic faith
and those Souls chosen by Our Lord,
who are suffering the tormenting flames of Purgatory,
that they may soon be comforted with eternal refreshment.

Amen.

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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)

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