Prayers at Café Catholica

The first hour of the Café Catholica program includes time for confession and personal prayer in the main sanctuary (from 5:15-6:15 pm). We hope that young adults take time each week to connect with Our Lord through personal prayer. We hope that the list of prayers below will help in that process. Some of these prayers are also available in the weekly Prayer Booklets.

Starting in 2023, we will also be offering confession during the dinner hour from 7:15-8:15 pm. Confession will be available in the main church during this time.

Scripture for Reflection for July 10

Rise Up: Q&A with Cardinal DiNardo

Luke 1:39-45: "In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari′ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.'” 

Acts 26:16: “Get up now and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen of me and what you will be shown.”

Isaiah 60:1-3: “Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you. Though darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds, the peoples, upon you the LORD will dawn, and over you his glory will be seen. Nations shall walk by your light, kings by the radiance of your dawning.”

Psalm 139 1-5
“Lord, you have probed me, you know me:
you know when I sit and rise up;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
You sift through my travels and my rest;
with all my ways you are familiar.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
Lord, you know it all.
Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me."

Article for Reflection: "Let Your Faith Rise Up," by Renewal Ministries Staff

Prayer by Pope Francis
(from May 31, 2013 following an address about the Visitation)

Mary, woman of listening, open our ears; grant us to know how to listen to the word of your Son Jesus among the thousands of words of this world; grant that we may listen to the reality in which we live, to every person we encounter, especially those who are poor, in need, in hardship.

Mary, woman of decision, illuminate our mind and our heart, so that we may obey, unhesitating, the word of your Son Jesus; give us the courage to decide, not to let ourselves be dragged along, letting others direct our life.

Mary, woman of action, obtain that our hands and feet move “with haste” toward others, to bring them the charity and love of your Son Jesus, to bring the light of the Gospel to the world, as you did. Amen.

Scripture and Prayers for Reflection for July 17 

Rise and Run: Living Chastity in Friendship and Dating

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, glorify God with your body."

Romans 10:1-2, 9-10: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another."

Prayer for Purity
Jesus, Lover of chastity, Mary, Mother most pure, and Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin, to you I come at this hour, begging you to plead with God for me. I earnestly wish to be pure in thought, word and deed in imitation of your own holy purity.

Obtain for me, then, a deep sense of modesty which will be reflected in my external conduct. Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul, from anything that might dim the luster of a heart that must mirror only Christlike purity.

And when the "Bread of Angels becomes the Bread of me" in my heart at Holy Communion, seal it forever against the suggestions of sinful pleasures.

Heart of Jesus, Fount of all purity, have mercy on us. Amen.

Prayer for a Good Spouse
O Jesus, lover of the young, the dearest Friend I have, in all confidence I open my heart to You to beg Your light and assistance in the important task of planning my future. Give me the light of Your grace, that I may decide wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through life. Dearest Jesus, send me such a one whom in Your divine wisdom You judge best suited to be united with me in marriage. May her/his character reflect some of the traits of Your own Sacred Heart. May s/he be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts and with pure and unselfish love we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please You to entrust to our care. Bless our friendship before marriage, that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely, that our future home may ever be most like Your own at Nazareth.

O Mary Immaculate, sweet Mother of the young, to your special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future wife/husband. You are my guiding Star! Direct me to the person with whom I can best cooperate in doing God's Holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, love and harmony in this life, and attain to eternal joys in the next. Amen.

Prayer by St. Patrick (Asking for the grace to grow in the virtue of friendship)
Peace between family members, Peace between relatives, Peace between friends, In love of the King of Life. Peace between person and person, Peace between wife and husband, Peace between mother and children, The peace of Christ above all peace. Bless, O Christ, my face, Let my face bless every thing; Bless, O Christ, my eyes, Let my eyes bless all it sees. Amen.

Prayer for Chastity (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Dear Jesus, I know that every perfect gift, and especially that of chastity, depends on the power of Your providence. Without You a mere creature can do nothing. Therefore, I beg You to defend by Your grace the chastity and purity of my body and soul. And if I have ever sensed or imagined anything that could stain my chastity and purity, blot it out, Supreme Lord of my powers, that I may advance with a pure heart in Your love and service, offering myself on the most pure altar of Your divinity all the days of my life. Amen.

Scripture and Prayers for Reflection on July 24

Decisions, Direction & Discernment: How Mary, Joseph, & the Saints Can Help

Mt 2:13-15: "Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.' And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, 'Out of Egypt have I called my son.'"

1 John 4: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits[a] to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world." 

Romans 12:2: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."​

Psalm 127:1-2
Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain;
unless the LORD protects the city,
its watchmen stand guard in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for bread to eat—
for He gives sleep to His beloved.

Prayer for Discernment
Lord, I know that You love me and that You have great plans for me. But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the thought of my future. Show me how to walk forward one day at a time. As I explore the various options which lie before me, help me to listen openly to others, and to pay attention to what is in the depth of my own heart. In this way, may I hear Your call to a way of life which will allow me to love as only I can, and allow me to serve others with the special gifts You have given me. Amen.

Prayer of Discernment said Before the Crucifix (St. Francis)
Most High, glorious God, Enlighten the darkness of my heart, And give me right faith, Certain hope, And perfect charity, Wisdom and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out Your holy and true command. Amen.

Prayer to Know One’s Vocation (Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus)
Lord, my God and my loving Father You have made me to know You, to love You, to serve You, And thereby to find and fulfill myself. I know that You are in all things, And that every path can lead me to You But of them all, there is one especially By which You want me to come to You. Since I will do what You want of me, I pray You, send Your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind, To show me what You want of me; into my heart, To give me the determination to do it, And to do it with all my love, with all my mind, And with all my strength right to the end. Amen.

Prayer to Do God’s Will (Thomas Merton)
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me nor do I really know myself, And the fact that I think I am following Your will Does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You Does in fact please You. And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road Though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, will I trust You always though, I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, And You will never leave me to face my struggles alone. Amen.

Prayer of St. Therese of Lisieux
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

           

For more information contact the Office for Young Adult and Campus Ministry at www.archgh.org/cafecatholica or yacm@archgh.org or 713-741-8778.