Two Powerful Prayers for the Family to St. Anne October 19, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, mortification, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
Well, one really just mentions the parents of the only sinless entirely human person to ever live – the Blessed Mother – but they are both very good and apropos in this time of constant assaults against, and undermining of, the family. More than that, so many individual families are under particular assaults from satan, his minions, and the democrats, but I repeat myself.
The second prayer in particular is of enormous benefit in this time when the world, the flesh, and the devil are having so much success at fooling children off the narrow path towards salvation and onto the wide, 400 lane highway to perdition. We lose so many kids out of the Church in these times, and gravest sin is, many of those are lost because of errors and sins they are taught are perfectly OK by authority figures in the Church. But I’ll demure from riding that hobby horse for now, and get to the prayers, which are from a small booklet on Good Saint Anne and are really short and easy to say:
Prayer for God’s Blessing on the Married
I bless Thee, most gracious Lord Jesus Christ, for having ordained that Thy holy Mother, the Virgin Mary, of whom Thou, O Redeemer of all men, didst will to assume flesh, should proceed from the chaste union of Joachim and Anne. By Thy goodness, I beseech Thee, through the merits of the holy parents Joachim and Anne, have mercy on <my spouse and I or all on> all who, in their memory, sanctify their life in the state of holy Matrimony. Give them peace and rest, health of body and soul; make them fruitful in good children, and after this exile, grant them eternal glory to Thy praise and honor, O sweetest and most gracious Savior. Amen.
Prayer for a Wayward Child
O Holy Mother, St. Anne, so rich in graces! Thou wilt never leave unheard the pleadings and tears of a mother <parent> who invokes thee for a wayward child. Thou knowest my grief and the anguish of my heart. Look down with thy maternal eyes upon this poor erring child, and bring him (her) back upon the way of salvation, that he (she) may again serve God faithfully and thus obtain eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Hail Mary (three times)
I know several of my regular readers are suffering with children or spouses who have gone off the reservation, so to speak, or seem to be about to do so. Of course, sometimes kids, no matter how well raised, no matter what parish/kind of Mass you attend, go crazy. I’ve seen it happen many times. But if they’ve been raised well, which I’m certain most all the kids raised by readers of this blog have, many will come back. It may take a while, but I’ve seen that happen many times, as well. The key thing is not to give up. Keep praying for them. Pray Novenas. Make a perpetual Novena to St. Anne using the prayer above or some other prayer. Of course, pray the Rosary as often and as devoutly as possible. Offer sacrifice and self-denial for your wayward child (or spouse, for that matter, there’s been a sudden flap of spouses going crazy and leaving the wife/husband and Church of late). Have Masses offered for their conversion. Just don’t give up! That doesn’t mean you have to give in and become indifferent to their sin. Don’t give up on their salvation, which is the only thing that really matters in this life. God often surprises us with sudden conversions from out of the blue.
And that’s it. I told you they were short and easy. Unfortunately for me, I’m out of time for the day. It’s been one of those days where finding even 5 minutes to hit the blog has been all but impossible. Till now, but I’ve got more things to do before I wrap them up.