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Mar 272018
 

Pray to the Guardian Angel, powerful protector.
Draw close to your Guardian Angel, invoking him constantly and placing yourself under his protection:

Holy Guardian Angel, my mighty protector,
always keep me in the peace of your love.

From perils, deliver me;
from evil, deliver me;
and in moments of trouble, comfort me!

During sleep, watch over my rest,
do not let the evil draw near to me.
Under the wings of your love,
may my dreams dwell!

In this night of light, cause the darkness of fear to flee,
Separate temptations from me,
so that my soul may
rest without affliction.

And that at the dawn of a new day,
I wake up happy and restored,
and witness  to the world
of always being loved by you!

Padre Flávio Sobreiro

Fr. Flávio Sobreiro is a parochial vicar of the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima, in Santa Rita do Sapucaí,  Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil , and is the priest of the Archdiocese of Pouso Alegre (MG). He is a priest in Philosophy at PUCCAMP  (Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas) and Theology at the University of Pouso Alegre. He is the author of the book “Amor Sem Fronteiras” (Love Without Borders) by Canção Nova Publishing. To know more about the priest and follow other reflections, go to: facebook.com/peflaviosobreiro

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Feb 052016
 

One of the major difficulties of the purpose of starting a life of prayer is the perseverance

Starting is not easy. Persisting in the decision is even more difficult. All decisions in life require discipline; otherwise, you are doomed to failure. The life of prayer is no different. The same requires discipline, perseverance and fidelity.

Como iniciar uma vida de oraçãoFirst step

The first step is to gain awareness of the importance of prayer in our spiritual life. Without a prayerful life, our soul aches. And when that happens, we lose, firstly, of ourselves. Secondly, we lost our brothers and sisters. Thirdly, God.

 

God remains faithful to our side. We, however, we step away from him and of his presence. And once away, on pilgrimage. We don’t know where we are heading or what the right direction we make our steps. A fruitful prayer life will return us to the safe haven of our spiritual walk: God himself.

Second step

Acquiring this awareness of the importance of prayer in spiritual life, we move on to the second step: the decision to pray. This step is also difficult. At first 1001 more important things to be done will emerge to be done. The decision requires the courage to assess what are the real priorities for our spiritual well-being. Many demands of daily life, which before were not so important, as in need of urgent priorities for the present moment. In front of these human-spiritual conflicts, you must stop and look calmly to this reality and decide what is most important to the soul at that moment.

Third step

Once we have decided to devote a moment of the day to the life of prayer, we move on to the next step: choosing the time of prayer. For those who never cultivated a life like that, you need prudence and discernment. At the time of the impulse, hasty decisions may appear. Many begin their life of prayer with 1 hour per day and, after 5 days, they’re desperate and they can’t stay another minute in prayer. It takes balance when it comes to time. There’s no point in starting a routine of prayer with 1 hour if one is not yet used to pray for twenty five minutes alone. A good time to book, at this moment, is twenty minutes a day of prayer. Before 20 minutes well prayed are better than 1 hour of eternal despair.

Start with 20 minutes a day, and over time, if you feel need, increase gradually. However, this process has to be carried out calmly and in tranquility, respecting your inner rhythm and your spiritual progress.

Padre Flávio Sobreiro

Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Catholic school and PUCCAMP of Pouso Alegre (MG), Father Flaviois parochial Vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Jacutinga (Minas Gerais) Brazil, and priest of the Archdiocese of Pouso Alegre (MG).

To learn more about the priest and accompany your articles on the internet, go to: www.padreflaviosobreiro.com (Portuguese)

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