Today I have prayed this litany, for the intentions of an internet friend and her situation with an adolescent son. I have also prayed for our family's intentions - Gerry ( dh) is unhappy with some recent turn of events and worries about our family and sons.
I thought I'd share the litany here, as our family has a special fondness for St Anthony of Padua. Maybe you'd like to pray along with us?
There is value in both liturgical, traditional prayer and in spontaneous prayer. C.S. Lewis wrote about mistrusting spontaneous prayers in church. How can you pray along with someone, he asked, when that person may be spouting wrong theology?
We can recognize that for most of church history, Christians have relied on liturgical, memorized prayer. And, in fact, most of the prayers included in the Bible, including all of the Psalms, had a liturgical use.