You are the way, the truth, the life
Without the way there is no going
Without the truth there is no knowing
Without the life there is no growing
Show us the way, that we may go
Teach us the truth, that we may know
Grant us the life, that we may grow
—Ted Tracy, SJ
Lord, may we live out the instruction of St. Therese of Lisieux: “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” Amen
—Prayer based on the words of St. Therese of Lisieux
Lord Jesus, as you appeared to the disciples, encouraging them and sending them forth, so also you have made yourself known to me. Knowing you is my greatest gift. May my words speak of hope and my actions speak of love so that others too may have the chance to know you, for knowing you they will love you, and from there, all else changes.
—Sr. Jessica Kerber, aci
Jesus, you’ve invited me into something deeper.
Into deep encounters.
Into the complexities of relationship.
Into the depths of your love, for me.
Give me the courage to seek the deeper answers,
The ones found only in relationship with You.
—Colten Biro, SJ
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone
The LORD is my shepherd;
there is nothing I lack. In green pastures you let me graze;
to safe waters you lead me;
you restore my strength.
You guide me along the right path
for the sake of your name.
Even when I walk through a dark valley,
I fear no harm for you are at my side;
your rod and staff give me courage.
Good and gracious God, we know that as we labor in the vineyard of this world, we do not labor alone. We are your coworkers, and we work toward something that will bear good fruit in the world. Give us the strength to walk with you, and the courage to respond to your invitation to us each day. We ask this through our brother, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Lord my God, when your love spilled over into creation you thought of me. I am from love, of love, for love. Let my heart, O God, always recognize, cherish and enjoy your goodness in all of creation. Direct all that is me toward your praise. Teach me reverence for every person, all things. Energize me in your service.
Lord God, may nothing ever distract me from your love; neither health nor sickness, wealth nor poverty, honor nor dishonor, long life nor short life. May I never seek nor choose to be other than what you intend or wish.
—St. Ignatius Loyola, First Principle & Foundation, trans. Jacqueline Bergan & Sr. Marie Schwan, 1985.
Lord Jesus, you taught us through your words and actions, and you continue to teach us through the people, places, and experiences of our everyday lives. Help us to be open to your lessons so that we may grow deeper relationship with you and our brothers and sisters. We ask this in your name. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Prayer for Generosity
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola