Father Tony Barry passed away on Wednesday, August 11, the Feast day of St. Clare of Assisi. While he was Parish Priest at St. Clare's in Brookfield, Middlesbrough, he wrote an article entitled Ten Tips on Prayer for a magazine. It is still very relevant today so we have reproduced it below for all to benefit from his wisdom.
Praying is fantastic! Many seem to pray as the would visit a tiresome old aunt. They do it as a duty — regulary, no doubt — but they are relieved when it is over.
NO! Prayer is like a love affair. We get acquainted and, after a time, we become fir friends and then the friendship warms into something else. We are in love!
It all ends with — WOOMPH — the wedding in heaven.
You can't love by rule, but here are some tips.
- Meet him as often as you can. He is waiting in the Sacraments, in the needy and in the group gathered to do what he wants.
- Read about him regulary, every day if you can. If not, read a bit on Sunday's — isn't that what Sunday's are for.
- Think about what you read.
- Talk to him often, anywhere, anytime, about anything — even about stupid things! Lovers often talk a lot of rot.
- You don't have to talk. You can just be content in his presence.
- Often tell him you love him.
- Don't be always saying "gimme". Praise Him and thank Him too.
- When the path of true love doesn't run smooth, don't lose heart, but be faithful and trusting.
- Try not to be fickle, but if you fall He will always take you back.
- Make sure you keep well in with his mother.
God is courting us rather than us courting God.
PRAYER FOR THE SICK
Father, your Son accepted our sufferings to teach us the virtue of patience in human illness. Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brothers and sisters. May all who suffer pain, illness, or disease realize that they have been chosen to be saints and know that they are joined to Christ in his suffering for the salvation of the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of St Ignatius Loyola
Dearest Jesus, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not count the cost;
To fight and not heed the wounds;
To work and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Except that of knowing that I am
Doing your holy will. Amen.
Mercy Year of Prayer 2009-2010
Prayer for the Beatification of Catherine McAuley
Loving God, you chose Catherine McAuley for the service of your people who are poor, sick and uneducated.
You inspired her to found the sisters of Mercy so that these good works might endure.
Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit and an ardent desire to serve your suffering people.
Bless all our undertakings and grant that union and charity may always thrive among us.
Graciously hear our prayer for Catherine by granting the favours we ask through her intercession.
Hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the Church.
DAY FOR LIFE PRAYER
We thank you Lord for the gift of life.
Help us to appreciate
the unique dignity of every human person
and the individual contributions they make to the world in fulfilment of the task you give them.
Enable us by your grace to promote their
well-being, serving you in one another in a spirit
of generosity, through Christ our Lord
A PRAYER TO THE APOSTLE PAUL
Glorious St. Paul, most zealous Apostle,
Martyr for the love Christ,
give us a deep faith, a steadfast hope, a burning love for our Lord,
so that we can proclaim with you,
'It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.'
He me to become an apostle serving the church with a pure heart,
witness to her truth and beauty admidst the darkness of our days.
With you we praise God, our Father.
'To him be the glory, in the church and in Christ, now and forever.'
A FAMILY PRAYER
God, our Father, we entrust our family
to your tender care and protection.
Give us patience and understanding to bear with one another,
Generosity to share our joys and sorrows,
Honesty to admit our faults and correct them.
Take care of us on our journey through life.
Though Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO MOURN
Lord Jesus Christ, you wept over the death of Lazarus and said:
“Blessed are those who mourn.”
Visit, we beseech you, with your compassion
the homes and hearts of those who mourn
the loss of their loved ones
and may their hope in the resurrection
sustain them in this hour of trial.
God of mercy and compassion be with us today
as we gather to remember those who cannot remember.
We lift up to you their confusion and their pain.
We pray for the carers that they may have the strength to continue their blessed work and that they may receive the respite and support they need.
May we as a community recognise our responsibility to provide for those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.
We ask this in the Spirit, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER FOR PEACE
Dear God, we thank you for giving us your peace.
Help us to spread peace at home and at school by loving and caring for one another.
Help us to spread peace by sharing our time
with those who are lonely and who need a friend.
Help us to spread peace by thinking and praying
for children who have no food
or are frightened and live in fear.
Let us pray every day for peace for our families,
for our friends and for ourselves. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR ST. ANDREW'S PARISH
Almighty God, bless and protect this sacred church:
Nourish and deepen the faith of all who worship here:
We remember with thanksgiving all who have been part of our parish whose prayers are hallowed in these sacred walls.
We thank Mary our blessed Mother,
St Andrew, St Anne, St Peter and all the saints
For their continued care and protection.
Holy Spirit, seek out many souls, bring them to this church to bear witness to Jesus Christ.
Almighty God, preserve this holy church;
allow it to continue as a living testimony to our presence on earth.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR THOSE DOING EXAMS
Lord, as I sit my exams help me to remain calm and at peace, so that I may be able to make the best use of my talents. Help me to study well and achieve the results I deserve. I thank you for all who support and encourage me through their love and prayers. Amen
DAILY PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
pour out your Holy Spirit
upon the people of the parish
and grant us a NEW vision of your glory,
a NEW awareness of your power,
a NEW consecration to your service;
so that your love may grow among us
and your kingdom may come more fully
through Christ, Our Lord. Amen
A Prayer for Couples being Married
We ask God’s blessing on their future life together.
May they always remember that
marriage is a giving and receiving of love,
a sharing of minds and hearts,
with opportunities to forgive and be forgiven,
a privilege of deep communication,
always trusting and believing and thanking God for each other.
May God give them his light to guide them,
his courage to support them and his love to unite them now and forever,
Your prayers are requested:
For all the sick and housebound of the parish and those in hospital and nursing homes; also those with care of them.
For more vocations to the priesthood.
The ministry of priests and religious
is a sign of your unfailing care.
Call from among us the priests and religious and permanent deacons needed for the Church of
today and tomorrow.
Bless all students for the priesthood.
Grant them joy, wisdom, courage and a generous spirit.
Sustain priests and religious and permanent deacons with a real sense of your love and the
support of those they are called to serve. Keep them faithful to their calling.
For the victims of war: We pray for those nations affected by warfare, famine and drought, and for the well-being of peace keeping forces and aid agencies.
For the Church: Our Holy Father and the bishops of the Church as they work to enrich the lives of those to whom they minister.
For the nations of the world: That world leaders may be unstinting in dedication to the good of their people and
that those who hold political authority use it to advance the cause of human dignity.
For families: That parents everywhere in difficult times, direct their children with the authority of love on the path of goodness.
For those in distress: That they may experience protection, peace and healing.
For those who work in the audio, visual and print media: That they may witness to the truth and be effective communicators of God's love.
For entertainers: That artists, singers and musicians may bring joy and inspiration to our lives.
For the deceased: That those who have died may know Christ's power over life and death.