Prayer for a Family
O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus, and our Mother, pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young, and their vocations.
Blessed Saint Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which He granted to you, to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and dying, so that with Mary and you, heaven may find our family unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.
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When my mother was in Catholic school, the nuns taught her to write “JMJ” on top of all of her school papers. It stands for “Jesus, Mary and Joseph”. Writing this is a form of prayer in which she offered all that she did in school to Jesus and the Holy Family. The practice encouraged devotion to the holy family, and imitation and aspiration to their life and holiness.
If you’ve ever seen Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s show, “Life is worth living”, you will see how he always wrote “JMJ” at the top of his blackboard when he used it for illustration during his show.
There are many other similar acronyms, which are a form of prayer, such as AMDG – ‘Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam’ – ‘to the greater glory of God’, or AJPM – Ad Jesum per Mariam” – ‘to Jesus through Mary’.
Before you begin an activity (Homework, studying, paying the bills, etc.. . ), it’s a great idea to write down the acronym as you make a small prayer and invocation for assistance. Your actions are in effect offered to heaven and you are reminded to keep God in mind at all times, whatever work you happen to be doing.
Did any of you learn this as a child? I think it is so beautiful!
“When the priest approaches the altar, the very first thing he does is kiss the altar. In keeping with an ancient tradition, kissing an object shows a reverence for what or whom it represents. The altar symbolizes Christ; it is also the pla…ce where the sacrifice of Calvary takes place anew. So in kissing the altar, the priest greets his friend and Lord, for whom he has given over his life and for whose service he has been ordained. At the same time, presiding over the assembly, he acts for all believers in showing the Church’s love for her spouse, Jesus Christ.” (Archbishop Charles Chaput)