Parish Prayer Space

 

Welcome to the Athboy Parish Prayer Space

 

Prayer is an essential and life giving part of our faith. Spontaneous prayer together with traditional prayers are important in our lives. One can be enriched by the other and our faith can be helped to grow and develop by using both.

This space is dedicated to prayers, scripture and inspirational thoughts that you may find useful. We have also added some prayers and reflections for Lent.

Firstly, we remember the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta:

“Start and end the day with prayer. Come to God as a child. If you find it hard to pray you can say “Come Holy Spirit, guide me, protect me, clear out my mind so that I can pray,” Or, if you pray to Mary, you can say, “Mary, Mother of Jesus, be a mother to me now, help me to pray.”

THE SIMPLE PATH
The fruit of silence is PRAYER
The fruit of prayer is FAITH,
The fruit of faith is LOVE,
The fruit of love is SERVICE,
The fruit of service is PEACE. St. Mother Teresa

PRAYER FOR PEACEFULNESS
(Teresa of Avila 1515-1582)
Let nothing disturb you
Let nothing frighten you
Everything is changing
God alone is changeless
Patience attains the goal
One who has God lacks nothing
God alone fills our needs.


DAILY PRAYER OF PETITION

Father in heaven, I turn to you with praise,
love and thankfulness for all your goodness.
Fully aware of my own weakness and past infidelity,
I implore your gracious help in my present need.
With full faith in your unfailing mercy and kindness
I ask your aid, Father Almighty,
in the name of your only Son, our Lord Jesus.
I rely completely on His promises
and the powerful aid of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
His Mother and ours. Amen.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER TO OUR LADY UNDOER OF KNOTS

Holy Mary, full of presence during the days of your life,
you accepted with full humility and Father’s will
and the Devil was never capable of distracting you with his confusion.
Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties
and full of kindness and patience
you gave us an example of how to untie the knots of our life.
By remaining forever Our Mother,
you make it more clear how to put in order
the ties that link us to the Lord.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother,
to you, who untie with motherly love the knots of our life,
we pray to you to receive into your hands (the name of the person)
and to free him/her of the knots and confusion
with which the enemy attacks him/her.

Through your grace,
your intercession and your example,
deliver us from all evil and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God,
so that we, free from sin and error,
may find Him in all things,
and that we may place our hearts in Him,
and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen

PRAYER IN TIME OF DIFFICULTY
Lord, in every need let me come to You with humble trust saying,
“Jesus, help me.”
In my hours of doubts, loneliness, perplexities and temptations,
“Jesus, help me”
In the failure of my plans and hopes
“Jesus, help me.”
When others fail me, Your grace alone can assist me,
“Jesus, Help me.”
When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts,
“Jesus, help me.”
When I am sick and impatient and my cross frustrates me,
“Jesus, help me.”
Lord, teach me to understand my suffering as You do.
Calm my fears; increase my trust, help me to love you more. Amen.

Lent
The season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday before Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. From then on until Easter Sunday, the Church celebrates the Easter Triduum of Christ’s passion and death, burial and resurrection.
Lent is characterised by three things – prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (acts of charity). These three bring us closer to God by helping us to detach from our selfishness and worldly distractions.
Lenten prayer can help us discern His will for us.
Our acts of charity can help make Christ more present in our lives as we show others His love.
Fasting from a particular food or activity can help us recognise in some small way His sacrifice for us.
The important thing is to keep God in our hearts and mind and allow God’s grace to bring about our interior conversion. Then Lent becomes a time for transformation as well as preparation.

Placing Our Trust in God

We must be careful not to practice a formal fast, or one which, in truth, “satisfies” us because it makes us feel good about ourselves. Fasting makes sense if it questions our security, and if it leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him. Fasting involves choosing a sober lifestyle, a way of life that does not waste, a way of life that does not “throw away.” Fasting helps us to attune our hearts to the essential and to sharing. It is s sign of awareness and responsibility in the face of injustice, abuse, especially to the poor and the little ones, and it is a sign of the trust we place in God and in his Providence. Pope Francis – Homily March 5th 2014

POPE FRANCIS’ WORDS FOR LENT:
Do you want to fast this Lent?
Fast from hurting words & say kind words,
Fast from sadness & be filled with gratitude,
Fast from anger & be filled with patience,
Fast from pessimism & be filled with hope,
Fast from worries & trust in God,
Fast from complaints & contemplate simplicity,
Fast from bitterness & fill your heart with joy,
Fast from pressures & be prayerful,
Fast from bitterness & fill your heart with joy,
Fast from selfishness & be compassionate to others,
Fast from grudges & be reconciled, Fast from words & be silent so you can listen.

A Lenten Prayer
Loving God,
During the sacred season of Lent, bring me close to you.
Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude,
so that I may re-discover the grace of a prayerful life.
Help me to fast from those things that threaten the wellbeing of my body
and soul and remind me of the grace of simplicity.
Enlarge my heart so that I give to those in need and
in doing so rediscover the grace of gratitude and generosity.
May this season be grace-filled time to rekindle my love and faith in you.
Amen

Lenten Prayer at the beginning of Lent
God of goodness and mercy,
Hear my prayer as I begin this Lenten journey with you.
Let me be honest with myself as I look into my heart and soul,
noticing the times I turn away from you.
Guide me as I humbly seek to repent and return to your love.
May humility guide my efforts to be reconciled with you
and live forever in your abundant grace.
Transform me this Lent, Heavenly Father.
Give me the strength to commit myself
to grow closer to you each day.
Amen.

Lenten Prayer for Transformation
Loving Father,
I invite you into my life today and make myself available to you.
Help me to become the best version of myself
by seeking your will and becoming a living example of your love in the world.
Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change
in order for me to carry out the mission
and experience the joy you have imagined for my life.
Inspire me to live the Catholic faith
in ways that are dynamic and engaging.
Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish.
Make our community hungry for the best practices
and continuous learning.
Give me courage when I am afraid,
hope when I am discouraged,
and clarity in times of decision.