Many people in our world find it extremely hard to pray. Why is this? Well, in the world today there is a lot of evil as most of us know. The devil is always trying to get Christians to fail their job, particularly Catholics. You may ask what exactly their job is. To explain that is very complicated, but I will do the best I can at this moment. Their job is to pray for all those in need or distressed, such as The Holy Souls in Purgatory, and family and friends that have fallen away from the Church. We must remember to pray for our priests, bishops, and Pope as well. They are attacked much more than us because they are our leaders, and those who work for the evil one know that if we do not have the leaders, we are like lost sheep without a Shepherd. Also, we must evangelize others on the faith, we can do this by giving them books that are good for their souls, by sitting down and talking to them, and by listening to their thoughts and feelings on God. To do this we must know our faith really well. Our Lord commands us to do as the catechism tells us. The catechism commands us to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, to obey The Precepts of the Church, and The Commandments of the Church, and to practice The Theological Virtues. This is why it is so important to pray and why it is so hard. (For those who do not know them by heart, I will post them at the bottom of this.) That is all I can say at the moment .
I found this on a website and thought that it was very important for people to know. This also includes what I said I would post.
The Corporal Works of Mercy
The seven practices of Catholic charity toward our neighbor’s body:
1. Feeding the hungry
2. Giving drink to the thirsty
3. Clothing the naked
4. Sheltering the homeless
5. Visiting the sick
6. Visiting the imprisoned
7. Burying the dead
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
The seven practices of Catholic charity toward our neighbor’s soul:
1. Admonishing the sinner
2. Instructing the ignorant
3. Counseling the doubtful
4. Comforting the sorrowful
5. Bearing wrongs patiently
6. Forgiving injuries
7. Praying for the living and the dead
The Seven Deadly Sins With Conquering Virtues
The 7 deadly sins with the corresponding conquering virtues. The conquering virtues are the virtuous actions that act as remedies against the deadly sins. Making the virtues habitual goes a long way in overcoming the seven deadly sins.
1. Pride (Humility / Modesty)
2. Envy (Kindness / Charity)
3. Lust (Chastity / Purity)
4. Wrath (Patience / Meekness)
5. Gluttony (Abstinence / Moderation)
6. Greed/Avarice (Generosity / Liberality)
7. Sloth/Acadia (Diligence / Zeal)
The Theological Virtues
The Theological Virtues are given at baptism, and are the foundation of Christian morality:
The Cardinal (Moral) Virtues
The Cardinal Virtues are named because they play a pivotal role in Christian morality, and all other virtues are grouped around them:
1. Prudence (knowing the appropriate what, when, and how)
2. Justice (treating others fairly)
3. Temperance (acting moderately)
4. Fortitude (doing what’s right in all situations)
Precepts of the Church
The duties of Catholics:
1. To attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and rest from servile labor.
2. To receive Holy Communion at least once a year, between the first Sunday of Lent and Trinity Sunday.
3. To receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) at least once a year, if aware of committing a mortal sin.
4. To observe the fast days and abstinence days established by the Church.
5. To observe the marriage laws of the Church.
6. To contribute to the support of the Church
The Three Eminent Good Works
3. Alms giving
The Evangelical Counsels
Nine Ways of Being Accessory to Another’s Sin
1. By counsel (“You should get an abortion”)
2. By command (“You must get an abortion”)
3. By consent (“You are getting an abortion? Good idea!”)
4. By provocation (“He will get angry if I keep bugging him”)
5. By praise or flattery (“Way to cheat on your wife buddy!”)
6. By concealment (“I’ll cover-up your crime”)
7. By partaking (“We can rob this business together”)
8. By silence (“I know you stole it, but I won’t tell”)
9. By defense of the sinful action (“His car was unlocked; it deserved to be stolen”)
Sins Against the Holy Spirit
1. Presumption on God’s mercy
3. Resisting and/or attacking the known Truth
4. Envy at another’s spiritual good
5. Obstinacy in sin
6. Final impenitence
Sins Crying to Heaven for Vengeance
1. Willful murder
3. Oppression of the Poor
4. Defrauding laborers of their wages
Catholic Month Devotions / Designations
January – Holy Name of Jesus
February – The Sacred Passion (or The Holy Family)
March – St. Joseph
April – The Holy Eucharist
May – The Blessed Virgin Mary
June – The Sacred Heart of Jesus
July – The Precious Blood of Jesus
August – The Immaculate Heart of Mary
September – The Seven Sorrows of Mary
October – The Holy Rosary
November – The Holy Souls in Purgatory
December – The Divine Infancy (or The Immaculate Conception)
Catholic Weekday Devotions / Designations
Sunday – The Most Holy Trinity
Monday – The Holy Spirit
Tuesday – The Holy Angels
Wednesday – St. Joseph
Thursday – The Blessed Sacrament
Friday – The Passion of Our Lord
Saturday – The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Commandments of the Church
1. I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3. Remember thou keep holy the Lord’s day.
4. Honor thy father and thy mother.
5. Thou shalt not kill.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7. Thou shalt not steal.
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.