Help me be a fire today.
Help me light the ways for others who feel overwhelmed by the dark.
Help me celebrate the holy ordinary.|
Help me notice You.
—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ
Help me to find time in my day to speak about you.
Help me to use opportunities to share with others how you are present in my life.
Let this be my mantra for today:
“When I boast, let me boast in the Lord.”
May I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly, day by day.
—St. Richard of Chichester
Why, then, do I fear?
God is here, deep within, forever:
Life grandly vibrant,
Love scandalously flagrant,
yet heart quietly homing
and lord wisely lording.
But, then—why do I fear?
—Excerpted of “The Inmost Fear” by David Hassel, SJ, published in Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits
Lord Jesus, today we pray for all those who have asked for our prayers, and for those for whom we have promised to pray. We thank you for the gift of others to pray for us and for the gift of our faith. Amen.
God, I ask you to give me the courage to overcome any “shoulds” (my own or others’) which may keep me from asking for help or from assisting those need. Amen.
Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples. Amen.
Take Lord, receive,
My selfishness, my ego and my pride
These aren’t my best self.
These keep me caged and fearful of others and of You.
Change my heart to be a bit more like Yours:
On fire with Love beyond all telling.
When I screw up today, help me try again.
Mostly, sweet Jesus, help me laugh at myself.
Because with a good sense of humor, a little pluck and with You
All things are possible.
—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ
Jesus, you called Simon, Andrew, James and John from their daily lives to join you in sharing the faith. Help me to see where you are calling me today, and give me the strength to leave things behind so that I can more closely follow you.
O God, whose Only Begotten Son
has appeared in our very flesh,
grant, we pray, that we may be inwardly transformed
through him whom we recognize outwardly like ourselves.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
—Fr. Paul Deutsch, SJ