Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington
Mary, Our Mother, intercede with Jesus to help us do whatever He tells us.
Pray with us
(We invite each parish Sodality to submit its favorite prayer
or sacred image from its parish to include on this page.)
Sodality Prayer "To Jesus through Mary"
O Mother Mary, may you continue to bless our lives as we journey in faith,
hope, and love. Be our model and guide as we live in the grace won
by your Son Jesus, in His suffering and resurrection. May your motherly intercession for us bring healing, strength and renewal. O Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners. Help us to bring all people to your Son,
especially those in most need of His mercy.
May our Sodality help us grow in your image as disciples of Jesus.
We pray this in His name. Amen.
(Thank you and God bless Fr. Michael Briese and Fr. Frank DeSiano for our Sodality prayer.)
Holy Father's Prayer Requests
Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.
The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.
Sodality Prayer Intentions
I ask you Lord, help us always keep before our eyes,
the example of Mary, who accepted the death of her son as a great mystery of salvation.
Help us to act with our gaze fixed on the good of others,
And die in the hope of the resurrection, conscious that we are never alone or abandoned
by God or Mary, the loving mother ever concerned for her children.
Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs of her dying glorious Son.
"In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited.... In the spiritual works of mercy -- counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer -- we touch more directly our own sinfulness." Pope Francis
Spiritual Works of Mercy
To counsel the doubtful.
To instruct the ignorant.
To admonish the sinner.
To comfort the sorrowful.
To forgive injuries.
To bear wrongs patiently.
To pray for the living and the dead.
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Begin each day by thanking God for another opportunity to praise Him for His kindness, mercy and compassion and to live out His Gospel message. Pray the prayers of Faith, Hope, and Love and three (3) Hail Mary.
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and
Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine son became man, and died for our sins, and that He
will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy
Catholic Church teaches because Thou Hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
Act of Hope
O my god, relying on thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain
pardon of my sins, with the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
Act of Love
O my god, I love thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
Sodality Union "foster[s] spiritual formation on the specific source of our spirituality: The Exercises of St. Ignatius."
Thoughts on starting Spiritual Journal
How can a journal lead me closer to God?
The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God's life
to flow into us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts from God . . .
(from St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises)
How to begin a spiritual journal—
Sit quietly … Listen to the whisper of the Holy Spirit … Breathe deeply and pray that God be with you … Begin with a personal prayer: “Come Holy Spirit! Help me to give myself entirely to Jesus through Mary.”
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Write down your prayer intentions . . . List all who have asked for prayers.
Write down any distractions (grocery list, etc.) in a corner at the bottom of the page.
Jot down a few words from the daily readings, from Father’s homily . . . What Is God telling me?
Am I living the Sodality Way of Life? . . . Become aware of God’s presence.
Who brought me joy? Who made me laugh? Made me smile? What pleasure did I see in my family while we shared time at breakfast, in prayer, while taking a walk around the garden?
Do I have restored health? Did I bring the “joy of the Gospel” to at least one person today?
. . . Review your day with gratitude.
What is in my heart? In my mind? In my memory? What am I feeling? Do not be afraid to write down your fears, your doubts? Was I an example of Marian spirituality to all who crossed my path?
. . . Pay attention to your emotions.
What did I accomplish during my busy day at the office, in my visit to my sick neighbor, as I listened to my daughter’s dreams and goals for school, for her family.
. . . Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
Was I aware of God’s presence in the smallest blessings, in the frustrations of the day, in every aspect of my spiritual and physical surroundings? How can I continue to surrender to His will? “The New Evangelization offers hope” . . . Was I a living witness of God’s truth today? Look toward tomorrow.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, and my entire will.
All I have and call my own.
Whatever I have or hold, you have given me.
I restore it all to you and surrender it wholly
to be governed by your will.
Give me only your love and grace
and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.
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Ask about Sodality Union's
May our Blessed Mother keep in her most
pure heart the host parish
that "took her to their home" this month.
(Thank you and God bless Doris Patterson
and John Nicklow for their generous gifts.)
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Prayer For The Deceased Sodalist
Most merciful Heart of Jesus, by the memory of your bitter passion and death, and of the sorrows of your Holy Mother, we ask you to have mercy on Souls of all departed Sodalists, especially on the souls of _________________ who once were members of this Sodality. May you too have pity on them Merciful Mother, deliver them speedily from Purgatory, offer up to God the great treasure of your merits, and those of your Divine Son, and of all His Saints, so that those who faithfully honored and served you in the Sodality during the time of their mortal life, may speedily hasten to enjoy with you forever the life without end in Heaven. AMEN.
Lord Jesus, Lovingly welcome into your presence our Brother/Sister __________ who have completed their journey on this earth, and have gone their rest in the hope of rejoicing with You forever in heaven. Source of all life and love, in Your infinite mercy, look favorably upon their goodness, and forgive any sins they may have committed, so they may enjoy for all eternity the great rewards You have promised to those who believed in you. AMEN.
PRAY THE ROSARY!
Litany of Humility
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…
Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X
In the process of gathering our thoughts as we begin this meeting:
May we treat each other’s ideas with reverence and respect.
May we hear each one’s Truth and Wisdom, that in the variety of viewpoints, out of the rich differences among us will come the balance of the Kingdom.
May we discover how to reject ideas without rejecting people.
May we discover how to share visions though we do not share the same means for reaching our desired goals.
May this meeting, then be for each of us a prayer, a lesson and an opportunity to be servants to
those whom we represent.
We ask these things in you, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Pray for Vocations