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James Cook wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have just three questions.

  • Are there any required prayers for a Catholic?
  • If there is any required prayers, what are they?

My wife insists that I do certain prayers throughout the day. I am not at all against prayer, but I am being made to feel that I am not doing enough.

  • What prayers does one say or should they say first thing in the morning?

James

  { Are there any required Catholic prayers and which ones should be said first thing in the morning? }

Mike replied:

Dear James,

Thanks for the questions.

Sounds like you have a great wife who is only interested in your spiritual well-being.

The Catechism dedicates one fourth of its content to the subject of Prayer in Part Four.

In addition, there are two other place where this is addressed in the Catechism:

The prayer in common that the Church is referring to in these paragraphs is the prayer we participate in when we renew our Sunday Covenant with the Lord at Mass as well as on Holy Days of Obligations.

Technically, there are no other required prayers, though every Catholic should be saying a Morning offering, especially in this culture:

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for:

  • all the intentions of your Sacred Heart
  • the salvation of souls
  • the reparation for sin
  • for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory who have been saved by your Precious Blood, and
  • the reunion of all Christians.

I also offer them for the intentions of our bishops, all Apostles of Prayer, and in particularly for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.

Amen.

Before going to work, I also say a St. Joseph prayer. St. Joseph is the patron saint of workers:

Here's a random on-line version

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my inclinations; to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever recoiling before weariness or difficulties; to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, O Patriarch Joseph. Such shall be my watchword in life and in death.

Amen.

The version I use is similar:

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyfully deem it an honor to employee and to develop by labor the gifts I have received from God. To work methodically, peacefully, and in moderation and patience without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty to work, above all, with purity of intention, and unselfishness having unceasingly before my eyes, death and the account I have to render of time lost, good not done, and vain complacency in success, so baneful to the work of God.

All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate thee, O Glorious St. Joseph. This shall be my motto for life and eternity.

Amen.

Basic prayers that all Catholics should know and say on a daily basis are:

  • The Our Father
  • The Hail Mary
  • The Glory Be, and
  • The Nicene or Apostles Creed

    These prayers make up the Rosary. A powerful weapon against the demonic.

I hope this answers your question,

Mike

James replied:


Thank you very much for a quick response.

I am never against prayer but, at times, it feels more like a chore, making them less reverent when I say them. That is why I am asking these questions.

I especially feel that way when I am running late or get anxious for some reason e.g. a movie coming on or I am at an event . . . sad, but true.

I just don't want to miss the ones I need to do like the Rosary we say as a family before we put the kids to bed.

We also do our best to remember the Angelus at 6:00am, 12noon, and 6:00pm but I feel better knowing what we are doing is required plus more everyday.

James Cook

Mike replied:

Hi Jim,

You said:
. . . sad, but true.

No, that just means you are human. Also remember that the most meritorious prayers we can say are those said when we don't feel like praying.

I forget where I heard this from but it was a creditable source.

Take care,

Mike

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