Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O Mary, Mother of Mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners,
comforter of the suffering, you know our needs, our troubles, our sorrows.
Look with mercy on us.
By appearing at the Grotto of Lourdes,
you made it an honored sanctuary where you bestow your favors.
Many sufferers have obtained the cure of their ailments,
both spiritual and physical.
We come, therefore, with complete confidence to implore your
O loving Mother, we ask you to grant our requests.
With gratitude for your favors, we will endeavor to imitate your virtues
that we may one day share in your glory.
Let us all continue to remember that what is truly important is that we pray, not where we pray.
Prayer can be formal or informal, verbal or nonverbal,active or contemplative. Prayer is communicating with God. Just as wetalk and share with our best friends what is happening in our lives, sowe talk and share with God. Just as we listen to our friends, so welisten to God. As in human communication, our communication with Godcan be expressed in a variety of ways. We communicate with God usingwords and songs, in imagination and silence, and ritually orspontaneously. We can pray in church, our gardens, our cars, or while inthe shower. We can also pray lying in bed, as the first thing we dowhen we awake, and as the last thing we do as we drift off to sleep. Oneof the characteristics of prayer we as Catholics believe is that withthe right intention every moment of the day all our hopes, works, joys,and sufferings can become our prayer.
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