Holy God, Saint Vincent served You as a permanent deacon
and gave his whole life and soul to You,
even to the point of becoming a martyr.
I lift up to You the deacons of the Church
and all those who are being called by God to become deacons.
Guide them as they discern how to serve the Body of Christ.
Prevent the attractions of the world
and the busyness of secular jobs
from interfering with their vocations.
Teach them to grow in humility.
Help their families learn from their examples
and support their diaconates with trust and joy.

Saint Vincent,
pray for us.


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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