Living Our Faith

The Living Our Faith section highlights Catholics and Catholic organizations who are living the Catholic faith in their daily lives through their prayer, works, and generous service to the community.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | The Sacraments

The Sacraments

There are seven sacraments in the Church, signs of grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, The visible rites of each sacrament make present the graces contained in each sacrament and "bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131).

The sacraments are:

Baptism

Confirmation

Eucharist

Penance

Anointing the Sick

Matrimony

Holy Orders

Living Our Faith | Prayer | There are many

There are many books, articles, brochures and pamphlets available to help Catholics deepen their prayer lives.

With modern technology, there are also many resources available online.

New media prayer resources include the following:

iPhone applications

iBreviary - for praying the psalter on your iPhone; also includes daily Mass readings.

iRosary - for praying the Rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the go.

Universalis - has lots of great information about the liturgical year, and some prayers.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer or the Our Father is the prayer to God the Father taught by Jesus Himself (Matthew 6:9-13). St. Thomas Aquinas called it "the most perfect of prayers." The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes it as "the quintessential prayer of the Church," an integral part of the Divine Office, the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and of the Eucharist. Its introduction in the Eucharist is "we dare to say," as we address God as "Our Father."

'Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | Prayers for newlyweds

Prayers for Newlyweds

"Prayers for Newlyweds" is a new book of prayers for the first year of marriage aimed at helping couples develop their prayer life together and and their relationship with one another and with God.

The author is Susan Hannibal, coordinator of the archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Office, part of the Office of Laity and Family Life.

The book discusses prayer life as it is related to romance, communication, sexuality, disillusionment, finance, illness/crisis and family.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office)

"The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office) is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church. It provides prayers, psalms and meditation for every hour of every day. It has existed from the earliest times, to fulfil the Lord's command to pray without ceasing," according to universalis.com, the website that makes the liturgical and devotional resources of the Catholic Church available on the new electronic media.

A coach for coaches emphasizes respect as foundation of good sportsmanshop

Sportsmanship can be reduced to one concept -- respect.

"Treating people the way you'd like to be treated -- that's what it's all about," said Bill Bommarito, founder and president of Coaching Concepts Inc., dedicated to the education of volunteer coaches.

The St. Louis native who played and coached in the Catholic Youth Council and directed a parish program is the presenter of the CYC's "Coaching to Make a Positive Difference," a mandatory program for coaches.

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