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Devotions are non-liturgical rituals and similar prayers. They are called "popular" devotions because they often appeal to ordinary people and are adopted spontaneously. Devotions are optional for Catholics. While devotions can be helpful, they are not usually the mainstay of a balanced spiritual life. The sacraments and the discipline of the universal Church come first. It is also hard to imagine someone who, for example, makes novenas in honor of one saint, goes to Mass, and never prays in any other way. Although devotions are optional, that does not mean that "anything goes". We must avoid anything superstitious. Before taking up a prayer or practice we ought to ask whether it will strengthen our faith in God.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Sacramentals
Sacramentals and popular devotions in the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church. See especially paragraphs 1674-1676, 1679.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Popular Devotions
Brief explanation of the spiritual practices collectively called "devotions" or "popular devotions."
Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Its Origin and History
A lengthy text article with biblical references on how the devotion to the hearts of Jesus and Mary started.
Holy Souls Online
FAQ and newsletter explaining and defending the Catholic Church's teaching on Purgatory. Prayers and devotions for the dead.
Provides information on obtaining help with persistent problems through prayer, and contains information on obtaining protection through the Brown Scapular.
Daily prayer downloads for MP3 players. Combines music, Scripture, and some questions for reflection.
A treasury of prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Sacred Heart Site
Contains Stations of the Cross, novenas to the Sacred Heart and to St. Thérèse, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and other prayers and devotions.
A daily prayer with devotional guide.
St. Padre Pio Devotions
Favorite prayers of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, as well as prayers for his intercession.
Vatican II: Devotions
An excerpt from Sacrosanctum Concilium (Vatican II's Constitution on the Liturgy), about popular devotions.
The Work of God: Devotions
Index of Catholic devotions, including sacramentals, scapulars, Stations of the cross, First Fridays and First Saturdays.
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