After I posted about my inability to blog, Mary sent me an email in which she tagged me for a meme I've not seen before. And it's the perfect one to help me get a post up!
What are my 3 favorite Catholic devotional prayers? There are a lot of prayers I love, but these three came straight to mind:
As a philosophy major at Franciscan University I had many classes with Dr. John Crosby. My first class with Dr. Crosby was Epistomology and I fell in love with philosophy in that class. Dr. Crosby taught me the philosophy of the diginity of the human person. He assigned reading by a man named Karol Wojtyla and I was amazed by what I read (I was not Catholic yet and was stunned when I made the connection - realizing that Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II). I can still hear Dr. Crosby's voice and see his kind smile, and the prayer with which he opened every class burned a permanent pathway in my brain.
"Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your spirit that they shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth."
"Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee."
-- the archangel Gabriel greets Mary in Luke's Gospel.
The Rosary - the quintessential 'Catholic' prayer. Many people believe this prayer is about Mary, but it is about the life of Christ; it is a walk through the Gospel. The Rosary is like sitting down with Mary and looking at her scrapbook of her son's life. It honors Mary's place as the mother of our Lord, and it is very simple, very old, and very comforting.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet in song.
"For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on me and on the whole world."
The Divine Mercy chaplet can be said on rosary beads, but I absolutely love this CD, which is beautiful to sing along with. The model for this prayer is a daily remembrance at the hour of Christ's death. This comes to us from St. Faustina who said that that was the time when mercy was opened to us, and so the 3 o'clock hour (whenever that is for you - it's not literal) is considered a special time of grace to offer a little prayer.
I do not pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3 o'clock. But for a long time I listened to this CD in my car a lot, even if it was after 3 o'clock, and this has inspired me to get back in that habit!
I tag the following people:
Jordana at Curmudgeonry (if she's feeling up to it) (J - if you need anything call me!)
Tertium Quid (if he does memes...)
Meredith at Holy Clutter
Michelle at Musings of a Catholic Lady