Catholic Prayers

Mani ih preghiera di Albrecht Dürer

Jesus taught us that we must pray constantly, in every circumstance of life, because there are moments when man's willpower alone is not enough:

"Jesus went to the mountain to pray and spent the night in prayer". (Lk. VI, 12)

"... he took Peter, John and James with him and went up to the mountain to pray". (Lk. IX, 28)

"... in the morning he got up when it was still dark, he retired to a deserted place and prayed there." (Mk. I, 35)

"and advancing a little, he prostrated himself with his face on the ground and prayed". (Mt. XXVI, 39)
"And again he went away praying .., and returned again he found his sleeping people .., and left them he went away again and prayed for the third time". (Mt. XXVI, 42)

Jesus prays on the cross: "Father, forgive them, because they don't know what they are doing". (Lk. XXIII, 34)

Pray in despair: "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"

Jesus dies praying: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit".

Christ warns not to use prayer as an end in itself to solve one's problems: "Not everyone who says: Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven". (Mt. VII, 21)





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