It has been said that prayer is for the soul as food is for the body. Our life in Christ as married couples must be nourished by prayer.
Couples who avail themselves together to daily prayer strengthen their walk against the continual attacks that come to us from the tempter and ourselves. Spouses must mold their lives in prayer and provide the place where their children learn to encounter the risen Lord through their witness of love.
“Prayer is a vital necessity. Proof from the contrary is no less convincing: if we do not allow the Spirit to lead us, we fall back into the slavery of sin.” Gal 5:16-25
“Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he [will] give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.” Jn 15:16-17
“Nothing is equal to prayer; for what is impossible it makes possible, what is difficult. Easy…For it is impossible, utterly impossible, for the man who prays eagerly and invokes God ceaselessly ever to sin.” St. John Chrysostom
“Action is worthless without prayer; prayer is worth more than sacrifice.” St. Josemaria Escriva
“Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.” St. Ephraem
“Prayer increases the strength and spiritual unity of the family, helping the family to partake of God’s own “strength.” Letters to Families 4
“The Christian family is the first place of education in prayer. Based on the sacrament of marriage, the “..the family is the “domestic church” where God’s children learn to pray “as the Church” and to persevere in prayer. For young children in particular, daily family prayer is the first witness of the Church’s living memory as awakened patiently by the Holy Spirit.” Catechism of the Catholic Church – 2685
For the Church’s teaching on prayer, please read section 4 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Willwoods Spouses’ Prayer
Lord, Jesus, You are the Author of life and the Author of marriage. I thank You now for the gift of my vocation to marriage. Thank You for my spouse. Give me the grace to love, honor, and cherish my spouse this day. Fill me with the gifts of Your Spirit that I may joyfully carry out the duties of my vocation. Help me to remember Your Presence throughout the day so that I may not grow weary in loving and serving my family. Without You, Lord, I can do nothing. Renew my love, my patience and my fidelity that in loving my spouse I may better love and serve You. – Amen
Willwoods Daily Prayer
Lord, draw out from the center of our being the essential goodness you have instilled within all your children at the loving moment You created us.
Place us at the service of You Holy Spirit as we seek to conform our free will to Your Divine will through Your daily gifts of grace.
Enable us to see more clearly Your Son Jesus’ presence in our sisters and bothers with whom we have been called to minister the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Grant us the grace, through the intercession of Mary our Mother, to recognize the Holy Face of Your Divine Son in the Eucharist and in each and every child of God.
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