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3 Powerful Sacramentals To Keep In Your Car 

3 Powerful Sacramentals To Keep In Your Car 

While Traveling by car can often be a frustrating and exhausting experience, it can also spoil the rest of the day. Our emotions can be easily influenced by the slightest change in traffic or even time.

A number of tools that the Church has provided to help us focus on God as we drive are sacramentals. In general they are religious objects blessed by a priest to invoke a particular grace of God. They were instituted by the Church to make us deepen our relationship with Christ and aim to sanctify every aspect of our life. The sacramentals are extensions of the seven sacraments and bring God’s grace in everything we do.

Another benefit of the sacramentals is the ability to invoke God’s protective hand upon us. If they do not necessarily prevent an accident, they are powerful reminders of the need to seek God’s providential help. Many people have witnessed miraculous events related to the proper use of the sacramentals, which have preserved their lives or that of their loved ones.

Here are three sacramentals which, if used properly, can offer spiritual help and divine protection as you travel by car

1. Blessing of the car
Among the many blessings, the Church provides a special for the machines. It is generally carried out by a priest or a deacon and invokes God’s special care on the vehicle. Blessing is usually accomplished only once and lasts throughout the life of the machine, although it could be done more than once, especially before a long journey. Here is the powerful prayer that asks God to name angels to guard us:

Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, who in your multi-faceted wisdom have given man talent and imagination to make new means of transport, make the drivers of these machines, in the various work or leisure paths, always operate with expertise and prudence for the safety and safety of all and feel your continuous presence at your side.

2. Brown scapular
Worn in general under clothing, the brown scapular of Our Lady of Carmel is a powerful sacrament that implies many “promises” for the wearer in the faith. Some not only wear it, but also hang it on the back of the driver’s seat. In this way, no matter who drives the vehicle, the protection of the Madonna is nevertheless invoked. Here is what St. John Paul II said about the power of the brown scapular:

Therefore, two are the truths evoked in the Scapular: on the one hand, the continuous protection of the Most Holy Virgin, not only along the path of life, but also in the moment of transit towards the fullness of eternal glory; on the other hand, the awareness that devotion to you can not be limited to prayers and respects in your honor in some circumstances, but must constitute a “habit”, that is, a permanent direction of your Christian conduct, interwoven with prayer and inner life , through the frequent practice of the sacraments and the concrete exercise of spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

3. Medal of Saint Christopher

One of the most common sacramentals used in cars is the famous San Cristoforo medal. The saint is known as the patron saint of travelers, and his intercession is often invoked when traveling by car. Here is the “Driver’s Prayer”, recited by many people before embarking on a journey:

Lord! Give me a steady hand and a vigilant eye, so that I do not hurt anyone when I pass. You gave your life and I ask you that none of my actions is against this gift that comes from you. Teach me to use my car for the needs of others, not to despise, for the sake of speed, the beauties of the world that You have created, so that I may with joy and courtesy continue my path. San Cristoforo, patron saint of travelers, protect me and lead me safely to my destination. Amen.

3 Powerful Sacramentals To Have In Your Home.

3 Powerful Sacramentals To Have In Your Home.

Pope Francis

3 Powerful sacramentals to have in your home.

These small religious items pack a big spiritual punch that can protect your family.
The use of sacramentals is one of the most misunderstood practices in the Catholic Church. They have been part of the Church’s life from the very beginning, but are commonly viewed as some sort of superstition.
This is largely due to the fact that many Catholics over the centuries have used sacramentals in a superstitious way as they were not taught how to use them properly. Instead of using them with faith, some Catholics used them as magic charms rather than instruments of grace.

This is unfortunate, as sacramentals are meant to enrich our spiritual lives, not hinder them. They have been instituted by the Church to draw us into a deeper relationship with Christ and are focused on sanctifying every part of our lives. Sacramentals are extensions of the seven sacraments and bring the grace of God into everything that we do.
One place where sacramentals are especially powerful is in the home. If used in a spirit of faith, sacramentals can protect us from spiritual harm or inspire us to live a holy life dedicated to God.
Here are three such sacramentals that, if used properly, can provide a spiritual boost to the home as well as keep away spiritual enemies that are lurking in the shadows.
Holy water
Holy water has a double meaning of reminding us of our baptism as well as a symbol of spiritual cleansing. Holy water is said to have great power over the devil as the devil cannot stand this “clean” water, since he is entirely unclean for all eternity. It is a reminder of the water that flowed out of Christ’s side, which is a symbol of Baptism, and brings to mind the day of the devil’s defeat (Christ’s crucifixion).
It is an ancient custom to have what are called “holy water stoups” or “holy water fonts” on the walls of a home. They are elaborate or simple cups that hold holy water, which can then be used to bless oneself throughout the day. It is especially helpful to have them at the doors that lead outside the house as well as in the bedrooms of family members. That way we keep ourselves always fixed on Christ and remind ourselves to remain pure. It also keeps the holy water handy when needed to ward off any influence of the Evil One.
Blessed salt
If possible, it is also good to have a small container of blessed salt in your home. You would have to specifically ask your parish priest to provide that for you and odds are likely that your parish priest would not be familiar with it. This is one sacramental that is often neglected and is not typically used in parishes. However, it is a powerful weapon against evil as can be seen by the following portion of the blessing said by the priest found in the Roman Ritual.
    Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly implore you, in your immeasurable kindness and love, to bless (+) this salt which you created and gave to the use of mankind, so that it may become a source of health for the minds and bodies of all who make use of it. May it rid whatever it touches or sprinkles of all uncleanness, and protect it from every assault of evil spirits. Through Christ our Lord.
Another very powerful sacramental that is more typically found in our homes is the crucifix. Not only does a crucifix remind us of the great love that God had for us, but it also is a strong deterrent to spiritual enemies. The crucifix is the bane of Satan’s existence and is the sign of everything that he despises. It is beneficial to have a crucifix in every room in your house (or apartment) so that you can frequently meditate on Jesus’ great sacrifice of love as well as have an image to remind you what you need to focus on during times of temptation.
Here are two prayers of blessing a crucifix in the Roman Ritual which sum up all the reasons we need them in our homes.
    Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, be pleased to bless + this cross, that it may be a saving help to mankind. Let it be the support of faith, an encouragement to good works, the redemption of souls; and let it be consolation, protection, and a shield against the cruel darts of the enemy; through Christ our Lord.

    Lord Jesus Christ, bless + this cross by which you snatched the world from Satan’s grasp, and on which you overcame by your suffering the tempter to sin, who rejoiced in the first man’s fall in eating of the forbidden tree. Here it is sprinkled with holy water. May this cross be hallowed in the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Spirit; and may all who kneel and pray before this cross in honor of our Lord find health in body and soul; through Christ our Lord.


3 Powerful sacramentals to have in your home By Philip Kosloski For Aleteia.

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