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.

Bible Verses related to Theology of the Body

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply.'" -Genesis 1: 27-28 

“… Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you … You are not your own; you have been bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” -I Corinthians 6: 19-20

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” -Matthew 5: 27-28

“In the resurrection they take neither wife nor husband, but are like angles in heaven.” -Matthew 22:30

“We ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for…the redemption of our bodies.”-Romans 8:23

Bible verses for challenging times:

“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name, trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9: 9-10

“And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

“Rise up… take courage and do it.” Ezra 10:4

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’” Mark 10:27

Extra Prayers

Thomas Merton Prayer

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
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 I have that desire in all that I am doing.
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 perils alone. Amen.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Witness of Saints

St. Camillus de Lellis
Saint Camillus was born in 1550 in Rome. After serving a three-year stint in the military, Camillus gambled away everything he had. In desperation, he entered the Capuchin novitiate, but was turned down multiple times due to an incurable sore on his legs. He received guidance by Saint Philip Neri and dedicated his life serving the sick and established a religious community for this purpose. He died at the age of 65, still trying to help others at the hospital. Saint Camillus is the patron saint of the sick, hospitals, nurses, and physicians.

St. James the Greater
Saint James the Greater, also knows as James Son of Zebedee, was one of the 12 Apostles. The earliest known part of his life was when he was called to Jesus with his brother John. James was one of the three called by Jesus to witness his Transfiguration. Following Christ’s Ascension, James spread the Gospel across Israel, Rome, and Spain. He later returned to Jerusalem and was martyred for his faith by King Herod, who decapitated him. He was the first of the 12 to die. He is the patron saint of pilgrims, laborers, and Spain.


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