I’m studying for some of my pre-exams which are on the 03-feb this year…and i’m spending time praying for people on this website and greating new member…i’m just woundering will i receive any grace’s from heaven for doing any of this work
best not think about it Brady
just being honest.
Remember, what gives our actions meaning is the love with which we do them.
If you feel that you need to study (which you probably do and it’s a responsibility!) then study and don’t feel bad about that and then when you have time pray for people and help them in what ways you can. But if you do decide to devote a bit more time for prayer, - only do this if you’re praying out of love for the people and not to receive anything in return.
God bless you.
You receive all the graces you would get only praying for yourself when you pray for others. So you win big time. There’s nothing wrong with wanting grace, rewards, trasure in heaven. Go for it. Get all the grace and treasure you can., Jesus told us to do this. As you grow you will likely change. This will be grace working in you. You have the right attitude now though. Go for it.
“Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9) 1999
“Cease to do evil. Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, and plead for the widow. [then]Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” [Isaiah 1:17-18]
“There should be prayers offered for everyone—petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving…There is only one God, and there is only one mediator between God and humankind, Himself a man, Christ Jesus, who sacrificed Himself as a ransom for them all.” [1Timothy 2:5-6]
“There will be judgement without mercy for those who have not been merciful themselves.” “Faith is like that: if good works do not go with it, it is quite dead.” [James 2:20, 13, 17]
“A Christian should always remember that **the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence but on the love of God **which prompts him to do these things.” (Saint John of the Cross)
“It is God’s will that in this world souls shall dispense to each other, by prayer, the treasures of Heaven, in order that when they reach their everlasting Home they may love one another with grateful hearts, and with an affection far in excess of that which reigns in the most perfect family on earth.” “I have often thought that perhaps I owe all the graces, with which I am laden, to some little soul whom I shall know only in Heaven.” [Saint Therese of Lisieux]
I like this quote from Jesus,
]19] "Do not lay up for yourselves* treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal,
]20] but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.
]21] For where your treasure** is, there will your heart be also[/LIST]Many saints started by seeking great treasure in heaven. Many started by wanting to be Jesus or Mary’s favourite. It’s a legitimate path to sanctity but you do need to learn and grow along the way. Like Jesus said, where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
So if you get some treasure you’ll have your heart in the right place. Go after that treasure and see the Holy Spirit work in your life. You’ll be doing what our Lord said and on the way. Good luck and God bless.
I’m kind of confused, I mean shouldn’t we still pray for others even if we get nothing in return? :o is receiving graces the deciding factor? the Saints did seek heavenly treasures but their first treasure was following God’s will…St Bernadette prayed:
“O Divine Jesus, impress on my heart a disposition like that of a certain man who loved your cross so much that he used to say if after serving you for a hundred years his only recompense were the grace to suffer one hour for love of You, he would believe all his service too well rewarded”
I dont know maybe I’m wrong
You are right. Would that we were like St Bernard. The spiritual life is a journey along which we progress ever steadily towards perfection. At least perfection is the goal. We start like babies just learning to crawl, then as we grow older we can walk, and so on until we begin to run and then we can run faster with practise. What I say is that he has a good starting point, not that he should make this his plan of life. He is doing what Jesus said. If we try to be like St Bernard at the beginning we will very quickly fall in a heap and may just give up. Seeking treasure which is grace is going to be the first step. That grace will move one over time onto the next step and so on until God willing we reach the goal, like St Bernard. I hope this explains what I mean.
When we pray for others, we NEVER get “nothing” in return. God love you! One of the plethora of Treasures of the Church—when you do something for another-you also receive the same. This is why it is good to do just that.
Two for the price of one. Well, kind-of. Like double coupons.
It doesn’t diminish the “worth” of the act (prayer, act, work…) but through charity, you also receive the Grace/Blessing.
I (attempt to) gain a Plenary Indulgence for a soul or souls in Purgatory every time I go to Mass and receive Holy Communion. That way, it will be applied to a Holy Soul ~and~ myself. 2 for 1. I could also just receive it for myself. This way, from what I have learned, the souls I help to release from Purgatory will be on the other side of the veil when I die, and will go with me and help me at my judgment.
<-I pray this is so. What a comforting thought.
At the very least, when that soul comes into its Glory in Heaven, they will pray for me for my act of Charity.
I need all the prayers I can get.
Souls in Heaven are “favored sons and daughters” of God. They have made it back to Him.
+Peace Be With You.
40 And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
I see thanks for the replies. I agree that we do get graces in return.
Maybe it helps some people to remember this, as an encouragement.
I guess my response came from the fact that it doesn’t help me personally, probably cause i’m a naturally very selfish person. So it just presents a temptation. (thats’ why what St Bernadette said really spoke to me)
If you’re stronger than I am in this, awesome, and - God bless!
I think it’s still good to remember, even if we don’t get anything in return, we should still do it.
and John Russell, I do see what you mean. It’s wonderful when people value graces. Most of the world does not and of course I’m very thankful for all the graces God has given me. I don’t know why He did to be honest lol. Maybe it was because of my efforts and prayers, but really my efforts are so pitiful that more probably it was because of the prayers of the Blessed Virgin.
One day, we will know all Truths.
You won’t know all the Graces you (and I) have received, until we are shown…once we leave this world. Innumerable!
God Bless you.
+Peace Be With You.
that is true
our lives are full of God’s grace, and we only notice a few.
There is a story about St. Thomas Aquinas. Our Lord appeared to St. Thomas… and said “You have written well of Me. What reward would you like?”. St. Thomas replied… “Nothing, Lord. I have done this, because I love You.” I’m sure his reply was very pleasing to Our Lord.
Monica… you have described the role of the humble servant. And this is what all of us should strive for. But I have often heard it said… that Our Loving God… will never be “outdone” in acts of Charity and Mercy.
So… you are right… in assuming an attitude of “wanting nothing”… in return for your prayers. But ain’t it GREAT to know… that Our Lord will shower us with His Love… for showing Charity to others! :extrahappy: Like John said… it’s a WIN-WIN!
haha… I agree God is very good and merciful to us.