Prayer as an Agent of Change

When you wake up everyday, what injustices do you see that deeply moves you?

If there was one form of injustice that you would like to see gone, what would it be?

Whenever the news broadcasts global events and issues taking place, our hearts go out to those affected by injustices, war, famine, natural disasters, any form of abuse towards different people, terrorism, human rights abuses, and many other injustices, we feel for those who are harmed, we feel for the victims and the survivors.

When our hearts hurt from injustice, turn that pain into prayer.

If everyone turns the pain they feel into prayer, imagine the difference it would make in the world.

Prayer is an Agent of Change, and is the most powerful way you can help fight evil and injustices. God hears your prayers, whether it’s a silent prayer, an unspoken prayer, tears, or a prayer said alone or in a group – God hears your prayers.

Going back to my second question; if there was one social issue or injustice that you would like to see gone, what would it be – pray about it. Offer the pain that injustice causes you to God. In the end, we will all face Him, and He will know every single prayer we’ve ever said, and we will see the impact that it has had on the world.

As previously blogged about in When I Stand Before God, the impact of prayer is eternal, and in my blog post He Lives In You, every prayer you say is your Soul connecting with God, the eternal creator of all.

Say your prayers; as prayer is a powerful Agent of Change

Some powerful prayers

Our Lord’s Prayer

The Hail Mary

Prayer that Shocked the World

Prayers of the Saints

Baby Aid Birmingham

Baby Aid Birmingham is a wonderful organisation helping families with children up to 5 years old who are affected by poverty, struggling with difficult life circumstances, and in need, supporting around 250 children a month.

They collect baby food, baby clothes, and other items, such as nappies, dummies and Moses baskets, ensuring that families in need get the necessities to support their families and children.

Baby Aid is a small organisation that has been around for over a year and a half, and has done so much for the people of Birmingham. For some families, Baby Aid Birmingham has been a lifeline 

Know someone who needs help? Encourage them to fill out a referral form here: https://www.babyaidbirmingham.co.uk/referral-form

Want to donate items?

You can donate online here: Give Help – Baby Aid Birmingham — Baby Aid Birmingham 

Or help purchase some of their items on the Amazon WishList here: Amazon.co.uk

You can get in touch with Baby Aid Birmingham here: hello@babyaidbirmingham.co.uk

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter at:

Facebook: Baby Aid Birmingham | Facebook

Twitter: @BabyAidBrum

Count Your Blessings

I wake up everyday and thank God for a new day.

I thank God for all the good people in my life.

I thank God for all my family and friends.

I thank God for all the good in my life.

I also thank God for all of the negative things that happen.

I thank God for hardships and bad experiences, as without them, I would not grow as a person, or meet helpers along the way.

I thanks God for the beauty of nature. From the smallest insect, to the largest beast, to the magnificent birds, to the smallest flowers, to the tallest trees. The unique beauty of nature and everything is a reflection of God’s infinite creativity and love for us.

I thank God for blessing me abundantly, even when I do not deserve it.

Thank you God for everything ❤

World Humanitarian Day

August 19th marks World Humanitarian Day, which was established in 2008 by the UN to recognize individuals who have contributed to humanitarian efforts and promoting love, peace and fought for justice for others. Here are 3 examples of incredible humanitarians who gave their lives to serving others.

Source: Goalcast

Mother Teresa of Calcutta  (1910–1997) 

The greatest humanitarian of the 20th Century is Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997). Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who dedicated her life for the poor in Calcutta, after receiving a ‘call within a call’ to serve and help those who were destitute, starving and dying of illnesses. She founded ‘The Missionaries of Charity’ after seeing the extent of poverty and deprivation in Calcutta. This made a lasting impression on her, and she dedicated her life to helping the sick, poor and dying, and was known for her joy, tenacity, and love of God. Mother Teresa also suffered from ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’ where she experienced a spiritual depression and sense of abandonment of God, similar to what Jesus experienced dying on the cross saying “Father, Father, why have you abandoned me?” In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and, in 2016, canonized as a Saint by the Catholic Church.

Mother Mariam Thresia of India (1876-1926)

Similarly to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, there is Mother Mariam Thresia of India. Mariam Thresia was inspired by her mother and the Bible when she was a child. Her mother taught her to pray, read her Bible stories, and told her about the lives of the Saints. Mariam Thresia dedicated herself to God, had mystical experiences, such as the gift of healing and prophecy, and had the stigmata. In 1913,  she created her first small community which became the nucleus of the Congregation of the Holy Family. During the 12 years in which Mother Mariam was at the head of the Congregation, despite the difficulties associated with the outbreak of the First World War, the Congregation flourished with new convents, schools, boarding schools and orphanages. Mother Mariam Thresia of India was Beatified on 9th April 2000.

Mother Giuseppina Vannini of Italy (1859-1911)

Her birth name was Guiditta, and she was orphaned as a child, Mother Giuseppina was born in Rome. At the orphanage where she was raised run by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, she experienced a call to religious life. In 1891, Giuditta participated in a spiritual retreat where she met Camillian Father Luigi Tezza, whom had been tasked with restoring the Camillian Tertiaries. Giuditta agreed to help him when he asked her.

She took the religious name of Sister Giuseppina, and became the Superior General of the Daughters of Saint Camillus – a new religious congregation. The institude needed to be approved by the ecclesiastical authority, but had been refused twice by Pope Leo XIII as he decided not to allow the formation of new religious communities, though it did get approval in 1909In 1911, Mother Giuseppina died from heart disease in Rome at the age of 51. By then, the Camillians already had 156 professed religious and 16 religious houses between Europe and America. The main legacy the Foundress left her sisters was the pure and simple physical and spiritual care of the sick, exercised at home as in hospitals, leprosariums and nursing homes, both in European rehabilitation centers, and in mission countries. Pope Saint John Paul II declared her Blessed on 16 October 1994.

Who is your favourite humanitarian?

References

Global Dimension (2021) ‘World Humanitarian Day’ Available online at: https://globaldimension.org.uk/events/world-humanitarian-day/2021-08-19/ Accessed on 27/03/2021

Vatican News (2019) ‘Mother Mariam Thresia Mankidiyan’ Available online at: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2019-10/biography-mariam-thresia-mankidiyan-mystic-holy-family.html Accessed on 18/04/2021

Biography Online (2021) ‘Mother Theresa’ Available online at: https://www.biographyonline.net/nobelprize/mother_teresa.html Accessed on 27/04/2021

Other

EWTN (2021) ‘Mystical Theology’ Available online at: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/mystical-theology-9941 Accessed on 18/04/2021

Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen (2021) ‘How Mother Teresa Changed the World Through Charity’ Available online at: https://ofhsoupkitchen.org/mother-teresa-charity Accessed on 27/04/2021

I Have Enough

In the world where there is so much need for consumerism and want for materialistic things, we forget to nurture our spiritual life.

Everyday, I pray to God to sustain me.

I ask God to heal me and help me when in need.

Prayers are always answered – even the smallest prayer!

In the eternity of Heaven, your possessions will not be with you. Only what is in your heart and every good deed that you have done. As mentioned in the previous blog When I Stand Before God, every good deed done in love will gain merit in Heaven, and the impact will be eternal.

With God I have enough.

If I do not say my prayers, I feel my soul crying out for that nourishment and to communicate with God ❤

Where your treasure is, so will your heart.

Place God in your heart, and you will have everything ❤

Love Yourself

You are unique!

You are special!

You are loved!

You are made God’s image and are never alone ❤

Love everything about yourself and embrace who you are.

Embrace your quirks, attributes, and everything about you!

When God made you, He created you to be a unique person with the Divine Imprint and an individual mission on this planet.

Love yourself!

Self-love liberates your from insecurities, doubt and fear.

And remember, God loves you unconditionally ❤

At the Heart

God is at the heart of everything we do.

Whether you believe in God or not, He is there. He knows your every move, intention, breath and heartbeat.

As a society, we need to put God back at the heart of everything:

  • Our communities
  • Our media
  • Our actions, thoughts and words
  • Most importantly – in our lives

For one day, we will meet Him, and there will be no escape.

God has been the source of my joy, happiness and contentment in life – without him, I would not be the person I am. Take a leap of faith, and let God work in your life. He wants so much to be in yours

He Lives In You

Source: Christianity.com

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you”

We all have untapped gifts and talents that we may not even be aware of. When God created us, He made us all unique – there is no one else on the planet like you!  Even your fingerprint is unique! 

When God spoke and created the universe, the galaxies, stars, the world, He also created you! The creator of the universe lives in you!

God use me!

Ask God to use you, and you will be amazed at how He will transform your life and use you in ways you will never even imagine!

Ephesians 4:11-12 “And his gifts were that some should be Apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the Saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ”

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Hail Mary!

May has been declared the Month dedicated to Mother Mary; Mother of God, and our Heavenly Mother ❤

This post is dedicated to Our Lady, and ways you can honor her in your life too.

  1. Pray the Rosary

The Rosary is the most powerful prayer that Our Lady gave us. Given to Saint Dominic de Guzman in the year 1208, the Rosary is a prayer that has saves souls, converted sinners, and is a powerful force against vices and Satan, of which also provides signal graces and virtues to those who recite it. Pray your Rosaries, and ask Mary for her intercession when you pray ❤

  • Have a statue of Mary in your home                                                                                

Just as we have photos of loved ones in our home, having a statue of Mary in your home is a gentle reminder that your Heavenly Mother is with you always, and is watching over you. She is the Mother of God, who loves us like her own children too, and can intercede for us when we ask her.

3. Set up a Mary Garden                                                                                                         

A ‘Mary Garden’ is a beautiful expression of love for Mary! you simply have a statue of Mary in your garden and plant flowers dedicated to Our Lady around it. Flowers such as roses, lilies, marigold, lavender, daisies and columbine are some flowers that can be planted to adorn Our Lady

The Hail Mary (Rosary) to Our Lady and its Biblical Reference

Hail Mary, full of Grace

The Lord is with thee (Luke, 1: 28)

Blessed art thou among women

And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus (Luke 1:41-42)

Holy Mary,

Mother of God (Luke 1:43)

Pray for us sinners now,

And at the hour of our death

Amen

References

Catholic Bible 101 (2021) ‘The Hail Mary’ Available online at: https://www.catholicbible101.com/thehailmary.htm Accessed on 08/05/2021

Teo Spengler (2021) ‘Gardening Know How – What is a Virgin Mary Garden?’ Available online at: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/virgin-mary-garden-ideas.htm Accessed on 08/05/2021

The Most Holy Rosary (2021) ‘The Fifteen Promises Granted to those who Recite the Rosary’ Available online at: http://www.themostholyrosary.com/15promises.htm Accessed on 08/05/2021

CatholicMom (2021) ‘Three Simple Ways to Honor Mary on Mothers’ Day’ Available online at: https://www.catholicmom.com/articles/2017/05/11/three-simple-ways-honor-mary-mothers-day

The Good Catholic (2021) ‘Nine Ways to Celebrate the Month of Mary’ Available online at: https://www.goodcatholic.com/nine-ways-to-celebrate-the-month-of-mary/ Accessed on 08/05/2021

The Catholic Answers (2021) The Hail Mary in the Bible Available online at: https://www.catholic.com/qa/the-hail-mary-is-in-the-bible Accessed on 08/05/2021

Bible Gateway (2021) The Book of Luke Available online at: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1&version=RSV Accessed on 08/05/2021

https://mamahoodtosainthood.com/gifts-for-the-mother-who-has-everything-4-ways-to-honor-our-blessed-mother-mary-this-mothers-day/embed/#?secret=gV7GzLUM33

Other

Rescue Vocations (2021) ’10 Ways to Honor Mary This Quarantine’ Available online at: https://rescuevocations.org/10-ways-to-honor-mary-this-may-during-quarantine/ Accessed on 08/05/2021

Catholic Bible 101 (2021) ‘Catholics and Science’ Available online at: https://www.catholicbible101.com/catholicismandscience.htm Accessed on 08/05/2021

Holy Art (2021) ‘The Story of the Miraculous Medal’ Available online at: https://www.holyart.co.uk/blog/saints-and-blessed/the-story-of-the-miraculous-medal-from-apparitions-to-the-novena/ Accessed on 08/05/2021

World Day for Fair Trade

8th May marks the World Day for Fair Trade; the most diverse, reliable and largest global movements advocating for change, justice and equality for farmers working in developing countries, and ensuring that they get a fair wage.

That cup of tea/coffee you’ve just had? An everyday luxury for millions of people. Farmers who produce the coffee beans/tea leaves work tireless hours and only get a mere few coins for their work. Fair trade tackles inequality and poverty, opposing the greed and selfishness of large corporations who are only trading for money and profits at the expense of others.

It also makes sure that the farmers who grow the produce get a good wage so they can support themselves and their families.

Think about the next cup of coffee you have; does it have the Fairtrade mark on? Consider getting some Fairtrade products and help support farmers get their fair wages.

Source: Communicaffe International

#FairTrade

#Equality

References

Fairtrade International (2021) ‘Fairtrade’ Available online at: https://www.fairtrade.net Accessed on 27/03/2021

Fairtrade International (2021) ‘Key Benefits of Fairtrade’ Available online at: https://www.fairtrade.net/about/key-benefits-of-fairtrade Accessed on 27/03/2021

Twinkl (2021) ‘World Fairtrade Day, 2021’ Available online at: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/event/world-fairtrade-day-2021 Accessed on 27/03/2021

Days of the Year (2021) ‘Fair Trade Day (8th May, 2021) Available online at: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/fair-trade-day/ Accessed on 27/03/2021