Lose to gain

Prayer Spaces at Home and a Prayer for courage

Sometimes people around us make us believe that if we want to be happy we should struggle to possess more things and live in greater comfort. This is what Peter Jesus’ friend thought. Jesus scolded him, calling him Satan because  Jesus did not want to shy away from his mission to  show us God’s  unconditional love. 

He  taught us that the Christian life is not easy and that real joy does not come from comfort, entertainment, pleasure or material things.  Real joy comes from living our lives for others, loving them the same way God loved us. 

The prayer space we are going to do today is called Lose to Gain– and  to do it  we need:

  • A balloon template
  • Biro jew markers

Take some time to think of things and habits which you have to let go of so that you can have more time and energy to love others; like lazing around, comfort and time spent on  technology.

A 5 second  pause.

On a balloon, template, write down these things which you are ready to lose to gain real happiness for you and those around you.

Now, you can say a prayer to God asking Him to think less about you and your happiness and more about others. 

A 10 second pause gathered in prayer.

Finally, you can place this paper balloon somewhere to remind you that real happiness is found only when we love others.

A prayer for courage, adapted from Dun Karm Psaila’s popular hymn to the Sacred Heart

Dear Jesus,
we ask you to teach us how to praise you as you truly deserve.
You are merciful with us,
and we would like to love you as you love us.

Dear Jesus,
you blessed the children.
We ask you to bless us also
and to keep us all in your embrace.

Dear Jesus,
you gave us your all, even your very self.
You lack nothing, yet you became poor
to save us.

Dear Jesus,
we ask you to continue teaching us
that we can never be truly happy
unless we make sacrifices.
We ask you to keep encouraging us.


How to use this space

God speaks to us in many ways, including through prayer at home. Here you will find useful background and activities to better understand how to pray, helping you to connect with God in your daily life in a meaningful way.