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MessageSujet: Catholic prayers for charity, altruism pilantrophy ,kindness   Sam 11 Jan - 16:23


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A PRAYER FOR CHARITY

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Do you find yourself falling short in showing others true Christian love? Let this prayer for charity below help you receive God's graces to be more thoughtful and compassionate!

Jesus gave us all a challenge in the Last Supper discourse when he said that that people would know his disciples by the way they loved one another (John 13:34). Many times you might not feel very loving towards others, or don’t know how you possibly can!

Granted, obnoxious bosses, co-workers, family members, and others in general can sorely try your patience. Who do they think they are? “I'm supposed to think of them as my brothers and sisters in Christ, as fellow children of God? On what planet?” you may ask!

Yet, while this sentiment, although all too human, is understandable, it still goes against the grain of the Gospels. As we read in this prayer for charity, we are to aim higher in living God's law of love:

Keep me, O God, from pettiness; let me be large in thought, in word, in deed. Let me be done with fault-finding and self-seeking. May I put away all pretense and meet everyone face to face without self-pity and without prejudice. May I never be hasty in judgment and always generous. Let me take time for all things. Make me grow calm, serene and gentle. Teach me to put into action my better impulses, straightforward and unafraid. Grant that I may realize it is the little things of life that create differences and that in the big things of life we are one. And, O Lord God, let me not forget to be kind!

Regarding fault-finding as this prayer mentions, we can think of our Lord’s words in the Sermon on the Mount, about removing the beam from our own eye before seeking to remove the splinter from our brother’s eye (Matt 7:3-5; Luke 6:41-42). As Jesus said, “with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged” (Matt 7:2).

This doesn’t mean we can be discerning in evaluating others' character traits. You probably wouldn't want your teenager going out with a heroin addict who’s had several brushes with the law, for example. (Although it’s always a good idea to pray for such people and, if it's in any way possible, to help them get treatment.)

Yet, so many times we allow our own misplaced pride and envy to make us shut people out of our lives, many times over vain trifles (those “little things” referred to above, such as who gets more attention in a family). St. Paul spelled out the importance of charity in this famous passage from the first letter to the Corinthians that is so often read at weddings. (Interestingly enough, the traditional Bible translations used the word “charity” rather than love.)

Yet how many of us really stop to try to follow the Apostle's exhortations to put love of others ahead of self-love? He masterfully enumerated the traps that keep us from really being charitable towards others. Is our love puffed-up, is it jealous, is it self-seeking? Don’t worry if you can’t honestly say it isn’t. Just use St. Paul's words, like this prayer for charity above, as a yardstick on how to do better in following our Lord.

And remember that charity involves recognizing that, while you might not necessarily like someone, much less love them, you can, with God’s grace, pray for them and not wish them harm. That's in part what our Lord meant when he said “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

It doesn’t mean forgoing justice when wronged. But Christ wants us to recognize ourselves, as well as those we have problems with, as sinners in need of His mercy, in all humility. As Jesus reminds us in St. Matthew's Gospel, we treat Him in how we treat each other (Matt 25:40 and 45). St. Francis de Sales put it so well when he wrote that “to love our neighbor in charity is to love God in man.”


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MessageSujet: Re: Catholic prayers for charity, altruism pilantrophy ,kindness   Sam 11 Jan - 16:25

Catholic charities common prayer

Lord GOD, open our eyes that we may see You in all our sisters and brothers.

Open our minds that we may understand their hopes and dreams,

their sorrows and pain, their longing for You.

Open our hearts to give generously of ourselves.

Grant us wisdom to respond effectively

to the needs of your people with grace and compassion.

Give us the courage to speak your words of life, peace, love, mercy and human solidarity.

Bless the people whom we serve,

and strengthen the staff and volunteers who reach out to them

every day in your spirit of Charity. Amen. In Jesus name.


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MessageSujet: Re: Catholic prayers for charity, altruism pilantrophy ,kindness   Sam 11 Jan - 16:26

Prayer For Charity

O our GOD , Thou who art very Love,
enkindle in my heart that Divine Fire
which consumes the Saints and transforms them into Thee. In Jesus name .

O Lord our God,
we offer Thee our hearts
united in the strongest and most sincere love of brotherhood;
we pray that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
may be the daily food of our souls and bodies;
that Jesus may be established as the center of our affections,
even as He was for Mary and Joseph.
Finally, O Lord, may sin never disturb our union on earth;
and may we be eternally united in heaven with Thee
and Mary and Joseph and with all Thy Saints. In Jesus name .

Amen.


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MessageSujet: Re: Catholic prayers for charity, altruism pilantrophy ,kindness   Sam 11 Jan - 16:28

Act of Charity

O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and soul because You are all good and worthy of all my love.

I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You.

I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.
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MessageSujet: Re: Catholic prayers for charity, altruism pilantrophy ,kindness   Mar 21 Jan - 11:21

The Prayer Thank You God !

Dear Loving and Compassionate God,
Giver of all gifts,
we pray especially today for the mercy and love You give us.
Open our hearts and minds to You.
Give us the grace to accept your mercy.
As we live each day,
we pray for those less fortunate,
especially those who are hurting,
and whose wounds need to be healed.
Help us become involved in ways that show them how deeply
we care.
Give us the personal courage to listen to their concerns
and help them find the solutions to which they are
entitled.
as Your children and our brothers and sisters.

Amen.
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