Day 228: Blessings, Sacramentals, and Popular Piety (1667-1679)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven, we give you praise and glory. We thank you. We thank you for the gifts that you have bestowed on us in your Church. Not only the great gifts of your sacraments, but the gifts of the sacramentals. The gifts that not only are  rooted in necessity, your Scripture, your Word, the Magisterium, your teaching, the Creed, and the sacraments. But also these extra gifts, this gravy, this frosting, these spices that make life so good, that make following you, give it such vibrancy. These additional devotions that you give to us as means of reaching us in new ways and in different ways. Lord God, help us be open, especially if we’re closed to the idea of devotionals or the idea of sacramentals. Help us to see them in their proper light. Help us to embrace the ones you are calling us to embrace and to honor and respect the ones that you are calling us to simply honor and respect. We make this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen”