Lord, when we feel rushed, overwhelmed by all the commitments, slow us down. Let your Spirit remind us to keep perspective. If we but take a few minutes to be in your presence, to speak from our heart and wait on you, we will be centered and fortified to better serve others. We thank you for those in our day who will refresh us and help us to be more content, more joyful, and more giving.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus! Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others; the light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine: it will be you shining on others through me. Let me thus praise you in the way you love best: by shining on those around me. Let me preach you without preaching, not by words, but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to you.
—“Radiating Christ,” John Henry Cardinal Newman
“Love is shown more in deeds than in words!”
—St. Ignatius Loyola
Let your mercy be on us, O God,
as we place our trust in you.
—Marty Haugen: Psalm 38, refrain 1, © 1987, GIA Publications, Inc.
God of mercy,
free your Church from sinfulness
and protect it from all evil.
Guide us, for we cannot be saved without you.
—adapted from the Roman Sacramentary
Imagine Jesus speaking these words to you –
“I thirst for You. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you. No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake. Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the door of your heart and knock. Open to Me, for I thirst for you…”
—St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
O God, I am so fragile;
my dreams get broken
my relationships get broken
my heart gets broken…
What can I believe
except what Jesus taught:
that only what is first broken,
can be shared;
only what is broken
is open to your entry.
So I believe, Lord;
help my unbelief
that I may have courage
to keep trying,
even when I am tired.
—Written by a student while on retreat
Christ in me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind meChrist within me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
—from “The Breastplate of St. Patrick”
Lord, give me the grace to know myself, that I may love myself.
Give me the grace to love myself, that I may love others.
Give me the grace to love others, that I may do your work.
Give me the grace to do your work, that I may have true joy.
Give me the grace to be joyful, that I may bring hope to the world,
A world that is poor, a world that desperately needs your light.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, All I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. Amen
—St. Ignatius Loyola