Saint Gerald

Prayer Resources

Make Daily Prayer a Habit!

In order to form a close personal relationship with God, we need to spend time with him, uninterrupted and undistracted. Life is busy and in our culture today, we have an epidemic of busyness! Like other things in our lives, we have to prioritize our time of prayer.

If you are not in the habit of daily prayer already, try taking just 1% of your day, 15 minutes, to find a quiet space to be with the God. The various resources below can help in finding a means of prayer that best draws you into an ever deepening relationship with the Lord. You can do it!

Much of the stress and brokenness in our lives comes from a longing for peace, forgiveness, and healing that only Jesus, our loving Savior, can provide. Our personal relationship with God is of utmost importance!

Daily Readings

The Bible is God's "love letter" to us, telling us not only that He loves us, but showing us what He has done to demonstrate His love. It also tells us how we should live, because God knows what is best for us and He wants us to experience it. The Bible is God's Word, given to us so we can know and follow Him.

Visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website and read or listen to today's mass readings. Open the Word and listen to God's personal message for you today!

Pray with the daily scripture

Daily Prayer Card for Contemplative Prayer

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. The attached document is a daily prayer card that gives you some great tools to help you to hear God's voice and recognize his presence, love, and care for you personally in your daily life. WRAP helps you to pray with scripture and hear God's personal message of love for you. ARRR helps you to explore your own thoughts, feelings and desires and helps you relate them to God and build relationship with him. The Examen helps you to recognize the moments in your day when God was present and also the moments in which you may have overlooked God in your day.
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Daily Bible Plan

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Looking to spend some more time with scripture?

Follow a daily bible plan and read the entire bible in one year!

Or, you can listen to Ascension's Bible in a Year Podcast. Hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, you are guided through the Bible in 365 daily episodes.

The Rosary

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. The Rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. During its recitation, we meditate on the saving mysteries of our Lord's life and the faithful witness of our Blessed Mother. Journeying through the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous mysteries of the Rosary, we bring to mind our Lord's incarnation, His passion and death, His resurrection from the dead, and His ascension into glory. In so doing, the Rosary assists us in growing in a deeper appreciation of these mysteries, in uniting our life more closely to our Lord, and in imploring His graced assistance to live the faith. We also ask for the prayers of our Blessed Mother, the exemplar of faith, who leads all believers to her Son.
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Liturgy of the Hours

Also known as the Divine Office, the Hours are comprised of a four-week cycle of the psalms, biblical readings and songs, prayers of intercession, blessings, and other readings from spiritual writings, separated into morning, evening, daytime, and night prayer, and an office (collection) of readings. It is the required daily prayer of clergy and many in consecrated religious life, but it is also a rich source of prayer for all the members of the church.

Meditations and Catechesis on Psalms and Canticles can be a very helpful resource for morning and evening prayer. Pope St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI offer original and illuminating reflections on each of the psalms and canticles leading the reader to deeper meditation and understanding.

Bible Verse of the Day

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