Praying Throughout the Day (Offering up allprayers and works in union with the Sacrifice of Christ at Mass)

PrayingDayWhen we awake… we offer our day to God; we offer our works, our sacrifices our sufferings.

Prayer to Keep the Presence of God
Lord, God Almighty, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Defend us today by your mighty power, so that we may not fall into any sin, and that all our words may so proceed and all our thoughts and actions be so directed as to be always just in your sight. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

When we are performing our work, whether at home or in the workplace, we pray before we begin and offer up our labors, never losing that loving gaze of the heart; we try to sustain that union of longing for Christ. Even if we are extremely busy, we know we are working for the love of God, and we pray the desire of our heart will never go away; our desire is hoped to be continuous with the beating of our heart. Our prayer is expressed more in sighs and deep breaths than it is in actual vocal prayer while we are occupied.

Prayer Before a Day’s Work
Direct, we beg you, O Lord, our actions by your holy inspirations, and grant that we may carry them out with your gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always with you, and through you be happily ended. Amen

Offering up one’s work, being in contemplation amidst busyness, doing small things with great love, not complaining, and abandoning oneself to Divine Providence – are all wonderful ways to pray for the members of the Mystical Body of Christ, especially for your adopted priest and all priests. The merit we receive from our work isn’t dependent upon how difficult the task is, or how many times we do it, but in the love we put into the action itself. Many people have chosen to apply the Little Way of St. Therese, or the spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva, doing “small things” with great love. Sanctifying your work, sanctifying yourself in it, and sanctifying others through it, is valuable to God and is a very effective prayer for a specific intention. It may seem impossible to keep the presence of God while at work, but if it is done little by little every day and if we persevere with that goal in mind, it will become a good habit and lead to virtue.

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