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Catholic Mom Prayer Line

As a community, we lift up and support one another in prayer.  Please list your prayer intentions in the comments below.  If you do not wish to use your name, feel free to request anonymous prayers.  Although an email address is required to post a prayer, it will never be shared and will not be seen online.  Please use only first names in requesting prayers.  Please join us in praying every day for the intentions of our community.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.


  1. Thank you
    I ask for prayers for my family my husband my sons Pablo his wife Hanna, my son Chris and his wife Tash, my daughters andrea and Carla. For their returned to their faith and the sacraments. I unite my prayers to all those who now are praying for their families.
    Dear God hear our prayer and keep us inside your sacred heart always united Ito the immaculate heart of out blessed mother Mary.

  2. Please pray that God will restore my relationship with RB and renew our love for one another. We should have been married by now but evil took all that away. Please pray that God will recover what was taken and allow us to share our lives as husband and wife. My daughter deserves a wonderful life with a great step dad and my heart desires to be loved by a wonderful man. Everyone knew we were a blessing together and I pray they is returned. Please pray for us. Amen . Thank you and I will pray for you.

  3. Please pray for the complete conversion of KC back to the truths of the faith and that she leaves the sinful lifestyle she is in and for the complete conversion of my ML to believe in God as he lost his faith and come back to the sacraments. For the health of my aging parents and that my husband CM agrees to foster or adopt a child

  4. please prayer for miracle my my brother and sister in law have three girl now again my sister in law carrying girl baby please prayer that she get boy baby thank you jesus amen

  5. Hi, I was thinking about the upcoming Divine Mercy Novena and would like a favor.
    What if people all over the world prayed the Divine Mercy Novena for those persecuted for their faith and especially for the ones doing the persecuting? Remember Lepanto? It may not be God’s will that the persecution stop or lessen, but if it were possible to have many people, throughout the world, united and praying for this intention, appealing to Divine Mercy, can’t we expect miracles? What if on Divine Mercy Sunday, ISIS/ Boko Haram just dropped their weapons and converted? God, through Jonah, convinced a city to turn from sin in a matter of days. Why not try to use prayer to transform hate into mercy by appealing to Mercy Himself?
    Please prayerfully consider mentioning this idea on your website, a facebook page, a blog, the radio, tv – anywhere the faithful can be reached.
    Thank you,

    • I will definitely join you on this! Thank you for sharing. It’s a big prayer request, but God is a big God—so I’m sure he can handle it! :)

  6. Please pray for my husband Brandon as he discerns accepting a new job offer. He is an extremely contemplative person, and I trust his judgement 100%—but as the main provider for our family, making big decisions like this is very stressful. I know God has a plan for him, so please pray with me that Brandon will open his heart to hearing it.

    Thank you!

  7. Hi, I lived in Queens ,NY. I have twin girls that were taking from me illegally on June 16, 2014 by someone who has status . I been arrested twice by this same person .Haven’t yet been present an warrant for my arrest. I went every where looking for help. So I am ask God to intervene on opening some doors or put me in touch with the right people. So I can reunite with my daughters .

  8. Please pray for me and us. Especially for a very personal intention which is normally not shared talked about and needs to be. It is very deeply painful and emotionally distressing.
    thank you.

  9. Our deepest thanks for prayers said in the past for our 10 year old little boy Wyatt with leukemia. He died on Tuesday 4/14 after 5 yrs of incredible suffering, with this past Lent including very intense pain, due primarily to effects that had occurred to his body from treatment. He would ask who he could offer his suffering to Jesus for, or would quietly say who he had thought of on his own. While we believe he is in heaven (he died with his brown scapular on!) we still ask for prayers for his soul (his favorite prayer was “Eternal Rest.”) I ask now also for prayers for our oldest son Matthew, 13. We homeschool, our boys all shared a room, we never went anywhere due to the risk of germs so all they have had was each other. They were as close as two brothers could be. Also prayers for our youngest Jakie, 9. He has auditory processing difficulties and carries much anger from the last 5 years. And please pray for my husband Mark and myself Cathy, as we move forward now trying to lead our two boys who remain with us, on the right path to Jesus, as we suffer with our own broken hearts. Thank you and God bless.

  10. Testimonies from ex-Roman Catholic Priests

    The following quotes are taken from the book by Richard Bennet, Far from Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of 50 Converted Roman Catholic Priests, Carlisle, PN: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1997. They are quite interesting and valuable since they give an insight to Catholicism from those who were priests in the Catholic Church and then left it to find salvation in Jesus.

    Following are excerpts from only a few of the fifty testimonies in the book:

    1. Henry Gregory Adams. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada. He entered the Basilian Order of monks and adopted the monastic name of “Saint Hilarion the Great.” He was ordained as a priest and served five parishes in the Lemont, Alberta area.

    A. Sacraments. “The monastic life and the sacraments prescribed by the Roman Catholic Church did not help me to come to know Christ personally and find salvation . . . I realized that the man-made sacraments of my church and my good works were in vain for salvation. They lead to a false security.” (p. 3)

    2. Joseph Tremblay. Born in Quebec, Canada, 1924. He was ordained a priest in Rome, Italy and was sent to Bolivia, Chile where he served for 13 years “as a missionary in the congregation of the Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate.”

    A. Salvation by works. “My theology has taught me that salvation is by works and sacrifices . . . my theology gives me no assurance of salvation; the Bible offers me that assurance . . . I had been trying to save myself on my works . . . I was stifled in a setting in which I was pushed to do good works to merit my salvation.” (pp. 9, 11-12)

    3. Bartholomew F. Brewer. He applied to the Discalced Carmelites, a strict monastic order. He received training of “four years of high school seminary, two years in the novitiate, three years of philosophy, and four years of theology (the last after ordination).” He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in Washington, D.C. He eventually served as a diocesan priest in San Diego, California and entered the Navy as a Roman Catholic chaplain.

    A. Upon questioning Rome’s Beliefs, “At first I did not understand, but gradually I observed a wonderful change in mother. Her influence helped me realize the importance of the Bible in determining what we believe. We often discussed subjects such as the primacy of Peter, papal infallibility, the priesthood, infant baptism, confession, the mass, purgatory, the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven. In time I realized that not only are these beliefs not in the Bible, they are actually contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture.” (pp. 21-22)

    B. Relying on works. He left the Roman Catholic Church, got married and through conversations with his wife and other Christians, “I finally understood that I had been relying on my own righteousness and religious efforts and not upon the completed and sufficient sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Roman Catholic religion had never taught me that our own righteousness is fleshly and not acceptable to God, nor that we need to trust in his righteousness alone . . . during all those years of monastic life I had relied on the sacraments of Rome to give me grace, to save me.” (p. 25)

    4. Hugh Farrell. Born in Denver, Colorado. Entered the Order of our Lady of Mount Carmel, commonly called the Discalced Carmelite Fathers. Ordained as a priest.

    A. Priestly power to change elements: “The priest, according to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, has the power to take ordinary bread and wine, and, by pronouncing the words of the consecration prayer in the sacrifice of the Mass, to change it into the actual body and blood and soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Hence, since one cannot separate the human nature of Christ from his divinity, the bread and wine, after being changed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, are entitled to the worship of adoration.” (pp. 28)

    B. Temporal punishment due to sins. “I knew from the teachings of the priests and nuns that I could not hope to go directly to heaven after my death. My Roman Catholic catechism taught me that after death I had to pay for the temporal punishment due to my sins. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that ‘the souls of the just which, in a moment of death, are burdened with venial sins or temporal punishment due to sin, enter purgatory.'” (p. 29)

    C. Penance. Regarding life in the monastery and doing penance. “These penances consist of standing with the arms outstretched to form a cross, kissing the sandaled feet of the monks, receiving a blow upon the face from the monks, and, at the end of the meal, lying prostrate before the entrance to the refectory so that the departing monks must step over one’s body. These, and other penances, are supposed to gain one merit in heaven and increase one’s ‘spiritual bank account.'” (p. 36)

    D. The Mass and sorcery. “According to the teaching of the Roman Church the priest, no matter how unworthy he may personally be, even if he has just made a pact with the devil for his soul, has the power to change the elements of bread and wine into the actual body and blood, soul and divinity, of Jesus Christ. Provided he pronounces the words of consecration properly and has the intention of consecrating, God must come down on the altar and enter and take over the elements.” (p. 39)

    5. Alexander Carson. Baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as an infant. His priesthood studies were at St. John’s seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts. He was ordained by Bishop Lawrence Shehan of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1955 and was a priest in Alexandria, Louisiana. Also, he was pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rayville, Louisiana.

    A. Bible or Tradition. ” . . . the Holy Spirit led me to judge Roman Catholic theology by the standard of the Bible. Previously, I had always judged the Bible by Roman Catholic doctrine and theology.” (p. 53)

    B. Mass contrary to scripture. “In my letter of resignation from the Roman Catholic Church and Ministry, I stated to the bishop that I was leaving the priesthood because I could no longer offer the Mass, as it was contrary to the Word of God and to my conscience.” (pp. 54-55)

    6. Charles Berry. He entered the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine and became a priest after 17 years. He was given orders to continue studying until he achieved a Ph.D. in chemistry and was then “transferred to the headquarters of the Augustinian order in the United States.”

    A. Superstition. “In the United States the Roman Catholic Church is on its best behavior, putting its best foot forward because of its critics and opponents. In a Roman Catholic country, where it has few opponents or critics, it is a very different matter. Ignorance and superstition and idolatry are everywhere, and little effort, if any, is made to change the situation. Instead of following the Christianity taught in the Bible the people concentrate on the worship of statues and their local patron saints.” (p. 59)

    B. Idols and Statues. “When I met in Cuba a genuine pagan who worshiped idols (a religion transplanted from Africa by his ancestors), I asked how he could believe that a plaster idol could help him. He replied that the idol was not expected to help him; it only represented the power in heaven which could. What horrified me about his reply was that it was almost word for word the explanation Roman Catholics give for rendering honor to the statues of the saints.” (p. 59)

    7. Bob Bush. He went to a Jesuit Seminary and studied for 13 years before being ordained in 1966. He entered a post graduate program in Rome.

    A. Works: “When I entered the order, the first thing that happened was that I was told I had to keep all the rules and regulations, that to do so would be pleasing to God, and that this was what he wanted for me. We were taught the motto, ‘Keep the rule and the rule will keep you.'” (p. 66).

    B. Salvation is by faith: “It took me many years to realize that I was compromising by staying in the Roman Catholic Church. Throughout all those years I continued to stress that salvation is only in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and not in the infant baptism; that there is only one source of authority which is the Bible, the word of God; and that there is no purgatory but rather that when we die to either go to heaven or hell.” (p. 69)

    C. Salvation by works: “The Roman Catholic Church then goes on to say that in order to be saved you must keep its laws, rules and regulations. And in these laws are violated (for example, laws concerning birth control or fasting or attendance at Mass every Sunday), then you have committed a sin . . . ‘individual and integral confession and absolution constitute the only ordinary way by which the faithful person who was aware of serious sin can be reconciled with God, and with the church’ (Canon 9609).” (p. 75)

    D. Works: “The Roman Catholic Church adds works, and that you have to do these specific things [keeping its laws, rule and regulations] ]in order to be saved, whereas the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9 that it is by grace that we are saved, not by works.” (pp. 75-76)

    As you can see, even Roman Catholic Priests can discover the truth found in God’s word and escape the error of the Roman Catholic system of works righteousness. To God be the glory.

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9).

  11. My daughter needs prayer to begin breast feeding her premature baby boy. He needs a better latch and more vigorous suck. She has a lactation consultant but progress is slow. The child needs to stay awake long enough to nurse at the breast. He is gaining well on breast milk from a bottle but mom desires a totally breasted baby more than ever. I’m counting on you Lord. Please pray for nursing to be 100% by the time he reaches full term. Thank You!

  12. I am requesting prayer for my son Colin..he is 33 years old and has fallen away from the faith..I am so sad about him and he is angry and very mean to me.I have tried to help him whenever he has needed it and have always been there for him. I have been praying for him forever and I want him to be healed of his emotional issues and to return to the faith..

  13. Please pray for: 
    > the complete healing upon my skin (body and face) from white spot and brown spot pigmentation
    > the complete healing upon my husband from the brain hemorrhage and his dependent on the medicine.
    > the complete healing upon my father from Chronicle asthma and depression
    > the complete healing upon my son from liver problem (syndrome allegille)
    > strength and good health for my mom 

    Thank you and God bless you.


    The word canon comes from a Greek word that means, “measuring stick.” Over time, the word came to be used metaphorically of books that were “measured” and thereby recognized as being God’s Word. When we talk about the “canon of Scripture” today, we are referring to all the biblical books that collectively constitute God’s Word.

    Problem: Roman Catholics argue that the apocryphal books, seven books and four parts of books of doubtful authenticity and authority [The Roman Catholic Apocrypha consists of: Tobit, Judith, the Additions to Ester, the Additions to Daniel (Prayer of Azariah and the Three Young Men, Susanna, and Bel and the Dragon), the Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus (also called Sirach), Baruch (also called 1 Baruch), the Letter of Jeremiah, 1 Maccabees, and 2 Maccabees.] belong in the cannon. Note that while Protestants call these books “the Apocrypha,” Roman Catholics actually refer to them as deuterocanonical (literally, “second canon”). This so-called “second canon,” however, does not have secondary status among Roman Catholics.

    The Roman Catholic Church decided these apocryphal books belong in the Bible sometime following the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther had criticized the Roman Catholic Church for not having scriptural support for such doctrines as praying for the dead. By canonizing the Apocrypha, which offers support for praying for the dead in 2 Maccabees 12:45,46, the Catholics then had “scriptural” support for this and other distinctively Catholic doctrines.

    Solution: Unlike the New Testament books, which claimed to be inspired (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Peter 3:16), the apocryphal books never make that claim. No apocryphal book was written by a true prophet or apostle of God. And no apocryphal book was confirmed by divine miracles. No apocryphal book contains predictive prophecy, which would have served to confirm divine inspiration. [Geisler and MacKenzie, Roman Catholics and Evangelicals, p. 162.]

    It is fact that no New Testament writer quoted from any of the apocryphal books as holy Scripture or gave them the slightest authority as inspired books. Jesus and the disciples virtually ignored these books.

     What does it say to you that not a single apocryphal book claims to have been
    Inspired by God?

     If the apocryphal books are inspired, why weren’t the writers of these books confirmed by divine miracles like the Old and New Testament writers?

     If the apocryphal books are inspired, why didn’t they contain predictive prophecy like the Old and New Testament books?

     What does it suggest to you that the New Testament writers often quoted from the Old Testament, but never quoted from an apocryphal book?

     In view of the fact that the New Testament writers virtually ignored the Apocrypha, do you think they viewed it as Scripture?

    Many church fathers, notably Origin, Jerome, Athanasius, and Cyril of Jerusalem, denied the Apocrypha’s inspiration and canonicity. The early Jews of Palestine, including the Jewish Council of Jamnia which met in A.D. 90, rejected the Apocrypha as Scripture. Also, Philo, a Jewish teacher who lived in the first century, quoted from virtually every Old Testament canonical book, but never once quoted from the Apocrypha.

    There are historical errors in the Apocrypha. John Ankerberg and John Weldon summarize a few of these:

    Tobit contains certain historical and geographical errors such as the assumption that
    Sennacherib was the son of Shalmaneser (1:15) instead of Sargon II, and that Nineveh
    was captured by Nebuchadnezzar and Ahasuerus (14:5) instead of by Nabopolassar
    and Cyazares….Judith cannot possible be historical because of the glaring errors it
    contains….[In 2 Maccabees] there are also numerous disarrangements and discrepancies
    in chronological, historical, and numerical matters in the book, reflecting ignorance or
    confusion. [John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Protestants and Catholics:
    Do They Now Agree? p.59]


     Does God make mistakes?

     Do books inspired by God contain mistakes?

     Did you know that history and archaeology are true friends of the Old and New
    Testaments because they verify numerous customs, places, names and events in
    Bible times?

     Did you know, by contrast, that the apocryphal books contain many historical errors?

     What does that tell you regarding whether the Apocrypha is inspired by God?

    The Apocrypha contains a number of unbiblical doctrines, such as the doctrine of the mass (2 Maccabees 12:42-45; compare with Hebrews 7:27), the notion that the world was created out of preexistent matter (Wisdom of Solomon; compare with Genesis 1 and Psalm 33:9), the idea that giving alms and other works can make an atonement for sin (Ecclesiasticus [Sirach] 3:3; 3:30; 5:5; 20:28; 35:1-4; 45:16; 45:23; compare with Romans 3:20), the invocation and intercession of the saints (2 Maccabees 15:14; Baruch 3:4; compare with Matthew 6:9), the worship of angels (Tobit 12:12; compare with Colossians 2:18), purgatory and the redemption of souls after death (2 Maccabees 12:42,45; compare with Hebrews 9:27).

    Because we know the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, and because the apocryphal books contain doctrines that contradict the Old and New Testaments, we conclude that the apocryphal books are not the Word of God, because God does not contradict Himself.


    The issue of the Apocrypha relates directly to the question of canonicity. When the church formally recognized what books belonged in the canon, there were five primary tests that were applied:

    1. Was the book written or backed by a prophet or apostle of God?

    2. Is the book authoritative?

    3. Does the book tell the truth about God and doctrine as it is already known by previous revelation?

    4. Does the book give evidence of having the power of God?

    5. Was the book accepted by the people of God?

    Measuring the Apocrypha against these tests shows that the Apocrypha falls far short of the Old and New Testaments. The books were not written by prophets or apostles of God. The books do not ring with the sense of “thus saith the Lord.” The book contradict doctrines revealed in the pages of the Old and New Testaments.

    The Holy Spirit of God is truly the divine author of Scripture. Though He used erring humans as penmen, He superintended them as they wrote, keeping them from all error and omission. Scripture has final authority because it is a direct revelation from God and carries the very authority of God Himself (Galatians 1:12). What the Bible says, God says. The Scriptures are the final court of appeal on all doctrinal and moral matters. This is what Protestants call sola scriptura (“Scripture alone”).

    Jesus said, “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). He never said “tradition cannot be broken.” Jesus used Scripture as the final court of appeal in every matter under dispute. To the Sadducees He said, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God” (Matthew 22:29). He told some Pharisees that they invalidated the Word of God by their tradition which has been handed down (Mark 7:13). Jesus informed them, “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8). To the devil, Jesus consistently responded, “It is written…” (Matthew 4:4-10).

    Following Jesus’ lead, Scripture alone must be our supreme and final authority.


    1. Would you please read aloud Mark 7:8 and 7:13, where Jesus is speaking to some Pharisees?

    2. What is Jesus’ attitude toward tradition here?

    3. Would you please read aloud Colossians 2:8?

    4. According to this verse, is it possible for human traditions to lead people astray?

    Often you may hear that it was the Roman Catholic Church that gave us the Bible. This simply is not true. The canon of Scripture was being established in the very days that the Bible was being written, before the Roman Catholic Church was even in existence.

    The Lord Jesus used the Scriptures as His final court of appeal. As noted above, Jesus said, “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). To the devil, Jesus consistently responded, “It is written…” (Matthew 4:4-10). Jesus affirmed the Bible’s divine inspiration (Matthew 22:43), its indestructibility (Matthew 5:17,18), its infallibility (John 10:35), its final authority (Matthew 4:4,7,10), its historicity (Matthew 12:40; 24:37), its scientific accuracy (Matthew 19:2-5), and its factual inerrancy (John 17:17; Matthew 22:29).

  15. Please pray for my daughter, who is pregnant with her 9th child and is close to term. She has just been told by her midwife that the baby is breach. Please pray that the baby turns around and for a safe delivery.

  16. Please pray for my parents. They are going through a very, very difficult time now with a lot of pain and anger. Please pray for grace for them to be strong, honest, open, and hear each other for what they really are saying. Pray that they are guided them back to loving one another. But even if these prayers seem unanswered, please pray that our family will recognize God’s will and respond by following it. If things don’t work out, please pray that we will be able to get through whatever will come with the grace of love, compassion, hope, and faith. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. With the Blessed Virgin Mary’s and all the Saints’ (especially Saint Pope John Paul II, Saint Theresa of Calcutta, Saint Theres of the Child Jesus, Saint Pio, Saint Joseph, Saint John the Wonderworker), Angels’ (especially Archangel Raphael), and grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ intercession to the Holy Trinity. Amen.

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