Prayer, Fasting and Sacrifice

Prayer:
Your life is a prayer
"I encourage each of us to maintain a fervent prayer life and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Crucified, so that His love can transform us. It is only in this way that we can be His humble slaves of love and His instruments for the mission of the Mothers and Missionaries of the Cross."  -Lourdes Pinto.

L.C. prayers:
Prayer following consecration of the Precious Blood at Mass -Community members say this prayer.
Chaplet of unity
Consecration to the Holy Spirit -Ven. Felix

Other prayers
Prayers
The Liturgy of the Hours is recommended. It is prolongation of the sacrifice of the Mass. (see CCC #1174-1178)

"prayer is, above all, a listening to God, Who speaks." -Benedict XVI, 9/5/12

More than anything else, we need His liberating presence, which truly makes our lives fully human and therefore full of joy. And it is only through prayer that we are able to welcome Him and His grace, which by enlightening us in each situation, enables us to discern the true good, and by strengthening us, makes our will effective; that is, it enables it to do the good that is known. Often we recognize the good, but we are unable to do it. Through prayer, we arrive at the point of being able to carry it out. The Lord's disciple knows that he is always exposed to temptation, and he never fails to ask God for help in prayer in order to conquer it. -Benedict XVI  8/2/12

Importance of prayer
Prayer is not a waste of time, does not steal the space of activities, including apostolic, but is exactly the opposite: only if we are able to have a faithful prayer life, steady, safe, God Himself will give us the strength and the ability to live in a happy and serene way, overcome difficulties and bear witness with courage. Saint John the Baptist, intercede for us, that we always maintain the primacy of God in our lives.  Benedict XVI, 8/29/2012

Prayer is always answered; the power of God makes our weakness fruitful 

Community: school of prayer
"The Church and the world need saints! And all the baptized without exception are called to be saints! [...] Let your communities, therefore, be more and more "genuine schools of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly "falls in love". For this is what the saints are: people who have fallen in love with Christ" -John Paul II, June 22, 2001s

Interior silence
"In the midst of the vital forces of nature, which are around man and also within him, faith is a different force, which responds to a profound word, 'arising from the silence,' as St. Ignatius of Antioch would say.
Hearing this word requires great interior silence, to hear and obey a voice that goes beyond the visible and tangible," -Benedict XVI, October 4, 2010

INTERCESSION
The power of a drop
"I intensified my prayers and sacrifices for our dear native land, but I see that I am a drop before the wave of evil. How can a drop stop a wave: O yes! A drop is nothing of itself, but with You, Jesus, I shall stand up bravely to the whole wave of evil and even to the whole of hell. Your omnipotence can do all things. -Diary of St. Maria Faustina, 686

Prayer and the saints
"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy" -St. Therese of Lisieux

"By humble and faithful prayer, the soul acquires, with time and perseverance, every virtue" -St. Catherine of Siena

"Let us be sure that we understand what a great gift and honor it is for us to spend time in prayer" -St. Jane Frances.

"I consider no other labor as difficult as prayer. When we are ready to pray, our spiritual enemies interfere. They understand it is only by making it difficult for us to pray that they can harm us. Other things will meet with success if we keep at it, but laboring at prayer is a war that will continue until we die." – Abba Agathon, Sayings of the Desert Fathers

FASTING
"Let us therefore discover anew the humility and the courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will break down the walls of lies and deceit" (John Paul II, Gospel of Life, 100). 

SACRIFICE
Sacrifice is "To make sacred"  We unite all our thoughts, actions, sufferings and joys with Jesus at the Cross, offering them to the Father in union with Him. Nothing should be wasted. Suffering has great power when it is offered.

Although outwardly I meet with many sufferings and various adversities, this does not, however, lessen my interior life for a moment nor disturb my inner silence. I do not fear at all being abandoned by creatures because, even if all abandoned me, I would not be alone, for the Lord is with me. And even if the Lord were to hide, love will know how to find Him. For love knows no gates or guards; even the keen-eyed Cherub himself, with his flaming sword, will not stop love; it will work its way through the wilderness and scorching heat, through storm, thunder and darkness, and will reach the source from which it came, and there it will endure forever. All things will come to an end; but love, never. -St. Faustina, Diary # 1022
More of Saint Faustina on prayer and sacrifice

PRAY AND MORTIFY SELF
"If anyone would come after Me he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." -Luke 9: 23-24. 

Do we mortify our sinful drives?  Both prayer AND mortification are essential. Without mortification our prayer lacks the authenticity necessary to allow God to transform us.  
Mortification is an ingredient of love... to die to self to love another... it is the essence of a victim soul. 

PENANCE
Seek the Cross to overcome sin:
"Penance is a great virtue and the spirit of repentance is a gratuitous gift which God grants to whom He pleases.

 "I have given it to you from your most tender childhood. Penance is the rampart protecting chastity.
Penitence appeases God's justice and transforms it into graces. It purifies souls, extinguishes the fires of purgatory and receives in heaven a most sublime recompense.
Penance pays for personal faults and those of others.
Penance is the sister of mortification.
Both work together hand in hand.
Penance helps the soul rise above things of the earth.
Penance cooperates with the Redemption of the world. Penance humbles man, it penetrates him with an inner feeling of his baseness and his wretchedness.
Penance brings light to the soul. It consumes and causes to disappear all in it that is purely material. It raises him higher and higher above the earth, making him taste of delights hitherto unknown and pure. But this penance should be the daughter of reverence and exist in the soul, hidden from all humans" -Conchita's Diary, Sept. 24, 1895 (pg 148). 

See: Benedict XVI on Penance  /  Rosa Mystica (PRAYER, SACRIFICE, PENANCE)

REPARATION

Behold this heart!
Our Lord Jesus appeared to Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque in 1675 and said:
"Behold this heart which has loved man so much, that has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself in order to testify it's love! And in return, I receive, from the greater part, only ingratitude by their irreverence, their sacrilege, by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in the Sacrament of Love. But what I feel most keenly is that the hearts which are consecrated to Me treat me thus."

Christ asked for a feast honoring His Sacred Heart and that solemn acts of reparation be made for the indignities and insults offered to Our Lord.  We should respond to the Lord's plea with all our heart!

Prayer Given by the Angel at Fatima
Oh Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
I adore Thee profoundly.
I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended.
By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

CONSOLE THE HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY
Jesus to LC  5/16/11 -The little mustard seed of LC will be known, above all, as the consolers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and My Immaculate Heart. You (LC) are Our true contemplatives of the Cross and the oasis of Our suffering Hearts.

Jesus calls each of us to unite our interior cross to His and thus love Him and share in redemption.

Let us joyfully give away the roses and keep the thorns.

Love Crucified Logo