Almsgiving, Fasting, Prayer
Over the years, Christians and Catholics have developed customs and traditions that try to help people turn toward prayer. Here are some that developed!
When we hear a siren (fire engine, ambulance, police) we say a pray for the people who are in trouble as well as the fire fighters, officers or medical emergency crew involved.)
Before a meal, we pray grace.
When passing by a church, we make the Sign of the Cross, men tip their hats.
When passing by an abortion clinic or euthanasia location, we say a Hail Mary.
When we see a funeral procession or pass a cemetery, we say a prayer or place our hand over our heart and men tip their hats.
During a bad story, we light a candle at home and say a prayer asking for protection.
When we hear a church bell, we say a prayer.
When we lose something, we pray to St. Anthony.
When we pass a hospital, we say a prayer.
In school, we print JMJ (the initials of Jesus, Mary and Joseph) or AMDG (which stands for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, a Latin phrase meaning, For the greater glory of God) at the top of a class paper, in order to bring God into ones schoolwork.
During a bad storm, we light a candle at home and say a prayer asking for protection.