Catholic devotions are the secret sauce to vigilant Catholic families. Devotions unite families and are the source of much needed graces. Father Peyton, the Rosary Priest, said it best:
The family that prays together, stays together.
A happy home can be achieved when family members say their prayers morning and night and put their trust in God. Devotions aid families in daily prayer and keep them closely united to God.
Especially suitable for the family are Catholic devotions to the Most Holy Rosary, St. Joseph, the Sacred Heart, the Immaculate Heart and the wearing of the Brown Scapular.
The Most Holy Rosary
The Blessed Virgin herself taught the Rosary to St. Dominic. At Fatima, the Blessed Mother asked that we pray it everyday. She appeared to St. Simon Stock and told him that the world would be saved through the scapular and the Rosary.
There are many heavenly promises attached to the daily praying of the Rosary. It is a powerful armor against hell, gives special protection and great graces, causes virtue to flourish, protects against great misfortune, and assures answered prayers.
The most important family devotion is the Rosary.
Every night after dinner, or morning before dad goes to work, kneel down and recite the Rosary as a family. It takes about 15 minutes and is a good opportunity to meditate on the Gospel.
Devotion To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus
I will establish peace in their families.
This is Our Lord's promise to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque whom He asked to spread devotion to His Most Sacred Heart by acts of consecration and reparation.
He also promised to bless the homes where an image of His Sacred Heart is "exposed and honored." Families should definitely adopt this devotion!
The basic elements of this devotion are the consecration to the Sacred Heart as well as the celebration of the feast of the Sacred Heart which is a first class feast that falls on the Friday a week after Corpus Christi. (Psst: You get to eat meat on first class feast days.) This devotion includes displaying and honoring an image of the Sacred Heart and assisting at Mass for nine consecutive first Fridays of the month. There is also a holy hour of reparation for crimes and sacrileges committed against the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
There is an enthronement to the Sacred Heart that every family should perform. It is a beautiful ceremony and you can learn more about it by asking your parish priest. This act should be renewed on the feast of the Sacred Heart each year.
Devotion To The Immaculate Heart Of Mary
The Blessed Virgin Mary asked St. Catherine Laboure to have a medal made. This medal is the Miraculous Medal and is part of the devotion known as devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Chief Catholic Devotions
- For Holy Communion
- To the Blessed Sacrament
- To the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- To the Passion
- To the Most Holy Rosary
- To the Holy Ghost
- To St. Joseph
- Divine Mercy,
- To the Precious Blood
- To the holy angels
- Concerning the Brown Scapular
- To the Immaculate Heart
A century later, Our Lady came to Fatima and asked the shepherd children to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart. The pope too must consecrate Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart.
This devotion is good for families as it teaches them to imitate Our Lady in all things but especially in her humility and obedience.
Similar to the devotion to the Sacred Heart mentioned above, this devotion is composed of acts of consecration and reparation and the assisting at holy Mass on five consecutive first Saturdays.
Holy Communion, confession and fifteen minutes of meditation on all fifteen mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary are to be observed as a part of the first Saturday devotions. Praying the daily Rosary, wearing the brown scapular and faithfully fulfilling daily duties are also part of this devotion. All of which bring families closer to God.
Accompanying the enthronement to the Sacred Heart, an image and consecration to the Immaculate Heart may be done and both images should be displayed and honored side by side.
Devotion To St. Joseph
Good St. Joseph is the head of the Holy Family and what better devotion to foster within the family than that to St. Joseph. There are many indulgences attached to devotion to St. Joseph and there are traditional prayers of consecration to him. St. Joseph the special patron for fathers and all members of the family must pray for his intercession for the head of their family.
There are two feast days to this great patron and protector of families. The first is on March 19 and another on May 8, which is a solemnity and a first class feast day!
Pray to this powerful patron for any need your family may have.
The Brown Scapular
Another devotion given to us directly by the Mother of God is the brown scapular. Each member of the family should be enrolled in the scapular by a priest. They then should wear the scapular and follow the scapular rule:
- Wearing the scapular
- Observing chastity according to one's state in life
- Daily recitation of the Rosary or praying the Little Office of Blessed Virgin Mary.
Promises attached to this devotion include Our Lady's Scapular Promise:
Whosoever dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.
On earth, nothing will ever be perfect, this is the "valley of tears" after all, but there is much peace and grace waiting for those who ask for it though these and other Catholic devotions.
As a family you must ask for it by praying together, making use of Catholic devotions and asking God to watch over and protect your family.
I consulted a few sources for this article which include: https://www.fisheaters.com/sh.html, "Prayers and Heavenly Promises" by Joan Carroll Cruz, and Father Lascance's My Prayer Book.