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Following The Truth: The Morning Offering Pray Without Ceasing! (Catholic or Open)
CE.com ^ | February 3rd, 2010 | Gary Zimak

Posted on 12/13/2011 9:23:19 AM PST by Salvation

The Morning Offering – Pray Without Ceasing!

February 3rd, 2010 by Gary Zimak

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul instructs us to “Pray without ceasing”.  Many people struggle with the meaning of his words, eventually dismissing them as nothing more than a figure of speech.  After all, how can anyone pray constantly? If we followed his advice it would be impossible to work at the office, do housework, go to school, tend to the needs of our family, or just about anything else.  We would have to spend all of our time in prayer. This couldn’t possibly be Paul’s intent, could it?

Let me begin by saying that it is possible to follow St. Paul’s directions and still perform your daily work, provided that you know one well kept “secret”.  While not actually a secret, the technique that I’m about to discuss is unknown to many Catholics.  It is a practice that has been around for years and provides a way for you to pray constantly while going about all of your normal duties. With this method, your work actually becomes a prayer!  Even more incredible is that you can also turn all of your joys and sufferings into prayers as well.  I know it sounds hard to believe, but all of this can be accomplished by adding one simple step to your morning routine – the recitation of the Morning Offering.  This traditional Catholic prayer has several variations, but the most common version reads as follows:

O Jesus,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in thanksgiving for your favors,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.

Let’s take a closer look at this prayer and see why it’s so powerful. The first thing to observe is that we are making our offering through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Why is this important?  If you recall, Jesus performed His first miracle (changing water into wine) at the request of the Blessed Mother (Jn 2:1-11).  While attending a wedding at Cana with Jesus, Mary noticed that the supply of wine had run out. If not corrected, this situation would have greatly embarrassed the bride and groom.  Realizing that something needed to be done, Mary brought it to the attention of her Son who remedied the problem by turning water into wine. With this same loving concern, Mary will also present our Morning Offering to Jesus.  Knowing the heart of her Son better than anyone else, she will first remove any impurities or selfishness from our prayer and personally deliver it to Jesus.

In addition to our prayers and works, we can also offer up all of our joys and sorrows.  Everything that we do or feel throughout the day is offered as a prayer.  We then take this offering and ask Jesus to use it for His intentions.  Not only are we offering up our entire day, but we say to Christ, “take this offering and apply it where You see fit”.  Since Jesus’ intentions involve the salvation of all mankind, this selfless act will bear great fruit not only in our own lives, but in the lives of countless others.  By making this presentation to Christ, we are essentially joining our lives to His mission.  When the sacrifice of Jesus to His Father is made present in each of the Holy Masses around the world, we are now hanging on the cross with Him. Everything that we do and experience becomes part of the offering of Christ.  There can be no more powerful sacrifice and, by virtue of this simple prayer, we are a part of it.

We also offer our works in thanksgiving for our many blessings, in reparation for any of our sins, for the intentions of all of our relatives and friends and for the intentions of the pope.  It is really incredible that something that takes no more than one or two minutes can have so much power. Initially, you may forget that you offered up all of your works, but as time goes on, you will become more aware of this as you perform your duties. Because of this, you will have an even greater desire to perform your work to the best of your ability.  When presented as an offering to God, no task can remain unimportant.  Everything from scrubbing the floor to studying for an exam becomes meaningful, as it is a form of prayer.

How important is it that we offer our entire day to God?  According to St. John Vianney, “All that we do without offering it to God is wasted.” Pope John Paul II observed that the Morning Offering is “of fundamental importance in the life of each and every one of the faithful.”  Endorsements like that help us to see the importance of this prayer, especially when one considers its simplicity.  If we truly believe that each new day is a gift from God, it follows that we would want to show our gratitude by making the most of that gift.  By starting our day with the Morning Offering, we are turning each moment of our lives into a prayer.

The Morning Offering provides a great foundation for building a solid prayer life.  We can supplement our offering by speaking to Jesus throughout the day, reaffirming our desire to offer up all daily activities.  When problems arise or we are faced with a mundane task, a quick “I offer this to you, Lord” helps us to focus on the prayerful nature of the activity.  On the other hand, saying “Thank you, Jesus” for a pleasant experience is a great way to express our appreciation for the many joys that we are granted.  Such comments also allow our friendship with Christ to grow.  As time goes on, you will find yourself becoming more aware of Our Lord’s presence in your daily activities.

Why not try the Morning Offering and see what a difference it makes in your life?  An investment of a few minutes will pay infinite dividends.  It won’t take long before tasks that previously seemed meaningless become much more tolerable and fulfilling.  There is no better way to start your day than by offering all of your daily activities to Christ and turning them into one powerful prayer.  By doing so, you are fulfilling the instruction of St. Paul to “pray without ceasing” as you go about your daily duties.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Prayer; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; prayer

Gary Zimak is the founder of Following The Truth Ministries (http://www.followingthetruth.com), a lay apostolate created to assist Catholics in learning more about their Faith. He is a regular guest on EWTN Radio’s “Son Rise Morning Show”, Ave Maria Radio’s “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo” and appears frequently on several other Catholic radio programs.  In addition to writing for CatholicLane. Mr. Zimak hosts a daily program on BlogTalkRadio and posts frequently on his blog, Facebook and Twitter.  He is a member of Catholics United For The Faith and the Knights of Columbus and resides in New Jersey.


1 posted on 12/13/2011 9:23:32 AM PST by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

A good way to start each Advent morning or even each morning of the entire liturgical year!

Catholic Ping!


2 posted on 12/13/2011 9:27:07 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I’m going to make a point of memorizing this prayer today, so I can always carry it around with me in my heart.


3 posted on 12/13/2011 9:37:49 AM PST by Judith Anne (For rhe sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world.)
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To: Salvation

I try to pray this every morning as soon as I open my eyes.


4 posted on 12/13/2011 9:42:19 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Judith Anne
O Jesus,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in thanksgiving for your favors,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.

5 posted on 12/13/2011 9:44:42 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

You are ahead of me. I know the part of offering my day, but had forgotten the rest.


6 posted on 12/13/2011 9:45:36 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

The Morning Offering has been a part of my daily prayers for many years now. I recently added the following prayer that was passed on to me by a Franciscan nun:

PRAYER OF A GRATEFUL HEART

I praise and thank You, O God, for the countless blessings You send into my life. You are with me in times of joy and peace, as well as in days of pain, sickness, and sorrow.

Through Your goodness, I can delight in good health, find happiness in family, friendships, work and play, grow through experiences that challenge me, and learn wisdom through the people and events that lead me to walk in your ways.

I thank You, Loving God, for the beauty that inspires, for the laughter that enlivens, for the kindness that encourages, for the love that affirms and sanctifies.

Grant me a share in Your grace each day, that I may so live as to be a cause of gratitude for others, serving You without need for reward, and with a heart grateful, faithful, and free.

Amen

Capuchin Franciscan Friars
P.O. Box 839
Union City, New Jersey 67067
(201) 863-4036


7 posted on 12/13/2011 10:17:51 AM PST by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: rwa265

Thanks for that too!


8 posted on 12/13/2011 10:19:39 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

This is excellent!

Thanks...as always...Salvation.


9 posted on 12/13/2011 10:31:46 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Carpe Cerevisi; Judith Anne; Salvation

I,too, for many years have offered this prayer every morning as soon as I wake up.

At the end where it mentions the intention of the Holy Father for this month: if you want to know what the intention of the month is you can find it on Catholic Exchange.

This prayer is so helpful as a beginning of each new day.

Of course, I must END every day with an Act of Contrition!...
:-(

..because we are all “vessels of clay”.


10 posted on 12/13/2011 10:42:06 AM PST by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: rwa265

Thanks so much for this.


11 posted on 12/13/2011 10:43:16 AM PST by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Running On Empty

I almost posted the Act of Contrition last night when I was posting! I usually end my day with the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, it helps me rest better.


12 posted on 12/13/2011 11:26:37 AM PST by Judith Anne (For rhe sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world.)
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To: Salvation

Excellent post!

I have not seen this prayer before but it will now become part of each morning. Thank you so much.

I want to add for those who may not be aware that the Jesus Prayer, also known as Prayer of the Heart is used by some as praying without ceasing. If one is called to it, praying it continuously, after a while it continues in our mind, well not really mind, but being, continuously without our having to maintain it. The prayer is: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

FWIW.. and thank you again for this thread.


13 posted on 12/13/2011 11:58:36 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Salvation

A good way to start each Advent morning or even each morning of the entire liturgical year!

&&&
It is indeed. I say the “Franciscan Morning Prayer” each morning.


14 posted on 12/13/2011 1:09:40 PM PST by Bigg Red (In this Advent season: Prepare ye the way of the Lord.)
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To: Running On Empty

The Holy Father’s intentions are also on EWTN under Faith and on Women for Faith and Family under the Liturgical Calendar.

I’m sure there are other places.


15 posted on 12/13/2011 3:15:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Running On Empty

PS.

The Holy Father’s Intentions are also posted in the Daily Readings thread.....duh! (Why didn’t I say that first? LOL!)


16 posted on 12/13/2011 3:16:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; D-fendr; Carpe Cerevisi; Running On Empty; Judith Anne
I've started every day with this prayer for a number of years now.

We're in the process of starting up a pro-life Catholic home hospice service. After reading Devotion For The Dying by Mother Mary Potter, I've slightly edited/added to the prayer for my own use:

O Jesus,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
in thanksgiving for your favors,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
for all those who are dying or will die this die,
and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.

(If you have not read Devotion For The Dying by Mother Mary Potter, its worth a read. We all need to remember to pray for the dying and especially those at the hour of death, and the Church suffering.)

17 posted on 12/14/2011 1:52:32 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Wonderful.

Praying for your new ministry.


18 posted on 12/14/2011 1:58:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Devotion For The Dying

19 posted on 12/14/2011 2:02:51 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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20 posted on 12/15/2011 4:37:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Just came across a post by Judith Anne and I wanted to start crying.

I know that we will never understand why God does what He does, but the thing that I don’t get is that you know there are so many christians praying for mercy and deliverance in the U.S. Yet God was willing to spare Sodom and Gommorah if only ten good people could be found.

I just don’t get it. His mercy doesn’t decrease, why wouldn’t this apply to us as well?


21 posted on 11/09/2012 7:38:51 PM PST by diamond6 (Pray........pray very hard!!)
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To: diamond6

God’s mercy is there.

I don’t think we have asked to be spared or prayed enough.

Like I said on the other thread — Maria Esperanza said certain things needed to happen at the Twin Towers site.

Also — that the Bishops of the U. S. were asked to install an alcove in honor of the Our Lady of America in order to keep America safe. They have NOT done it.


22 posted on 11/09/2012 9:03:42 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Is there any movement to pressure the bishops to build the alcove?

Can you provide a reference to our Lady’s request, I don’t ever remember reading that.


23 posted on 11/09/2012 9:26:50 PM PST by diamond6 (Pray........pray very hard!!)
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To: diamond6
The "Regarding" link has the info in it.

Regarding Our Lady of America [Ecumenical]
Presidential Novena to Our Lady of America (Prayer Thread)

24 posted on 11/09/2012 9:36:18 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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