As traditional Catholics, our most fundamental goal is to be in union with God. In other words, have a deep friendship or relationship with God. Our love for the “Mass of All Ages” is centered around our loving relationship we have with Jesus. We love Him, therefore we want to adore Him and serve Him in the most sacred way possible.
So some quick questions are:
1) Do I pray everyday? If I do not, how come? No time. Tired. Television and Computer.
2) How well do I pray? Short because I have other things to do. Distractions. Laziness.
3) Do I have faith that when I pray God will listen?
4) How much faith do I really have in God? Total faith. Blind faith. Little faith.
5) Why do I pray? I am in desperate need of help. I know a Catholic should pray. I enjoy praying. I feel obliged to pray. I need help to overcome temptations.
6) What prayers do I say? The Holy Rosary. Assist at Holy Mass. Other favorite prayers. Quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Talk with God all day long at home or work.
7) What response have you received from God when you have prayed? I often have my prayers answered. Sometime I have my prayers answered. I do not notice if God answers. I try to remember all the times God has answered my prayers.
8) What prayers have been the most effective in bringing me to a closer friendship with God? Contemplative prayer of silence. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Holy Rosary. Novenas. Short prayers from the heart. Talking with God all day long. Prayers of gratitude. Humble prayers.
Adoration. We adore God because we know that He is our God and therefore deserves to be adored by us. The Latin Mass or “Mass of All Ages” is all about adoring God and not focused on the “me of all ages”. Going before the Blessed Sacrament and talking to God from the depth of my heart and adoring Him because He truly is present in the Tabernacle.
Contrition. Humbly going before God with deep felt sorrow for all the sins that have offended Him and hurt others. Confession done well with great repentance.
Thanks Giving. How many graces there are when we simply thank God for all He does for us every instant of our lives.
Supplication. After adoring, begging for forgiveness and thanking God for everything, then is the time to ask for help. God wants to help us. The New Testament is full of examples of Jesus doing miracles for people who asked in all humility.
The Holy Rosary is a great way of praying while meditating on the life of Jesus. It is an easy habit to get into and has great benefits like family unity and protection.
I would say above all, that we work on our faith so we can believe that God works powerfully through prayer. If we believe this then prayer is the most efficient use of our time to get great things accomplished. With prayer, eventually everything gets worked out. We get strength to go on. We receive hope and do not despair. And then we experience God’s powerful action in our daily live.
Have blind faith and pray.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.