I beg you – purify the intentions of my heart through the unspeakable gift of your grace, so I can love you with all that I am and praise you for all that you are.
In confidence of Thy goodness and great mercy, O Lord, I draw near unto Thee, as a sick person to the Healer, as one hungry and thirsty to the Fountain of life, a creature to the Creator, a desolate soul to my own tender Comforter.
Behold, in Thee is all whatsoever I can or ought to desire; Thou art my Salvation and my Redemption, My Hope and my Strength. Rejoice therefore this day the soul of Thy servant; For unto Thee, O Lord have I lifted up my soul.
O Gracious and Holy Father,
Give us wisdom to perceive thee;
Intelligence to understand thee;
Diligence to seek thee;
Patience to wait for thee;
Eyes to behold thee;
A heart to meditate upon thee;
And a life to proclaim thee;
Through the power of the Spirit of
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
St. Benedict of Nursia – 480-543 AD
O Thou, who hast taught us to seek first Thy kingdom and its righteousness, teach me to say, “Thy will be done” before I say, “give me my daily bread.” Teach me to accept Thy will as the foundation of my happiness, and other things as only its superstructure.
I am more afraid of the hunger of the body than of the hunger of the spirit. Convince me that it would not profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul. Show me that it is only the possession of my soul that makes the possession of the world any gain.
Impress me with the truth that no thing can give me joy, if I myself am not already joyful. Inspire me with the knowledge that the issues of life are not from without but from within. Guide me into the discovery that the pleasures at Thy right hand are the only things that are “pleasures for evermore”—Amen.
Please watch over us throughout the year,
Let your presence be among us,
Transform our hearts,
Increase our capacity for love, and respect,
Fill our hearts with a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation,
So that every day we shall draw closer to you;
Our God, whom lives and reigns for ever and ever,
O thou most sweet and loving Lord, Thou knowest mine infirmities and the necessities which I endure; in how great evils and sins I am involved; how often I am weighed down, tempted and disturbed by them. I entreat of Thee consolation and support. I speak to Thee Who knowest all things, to whom all my inward thoughts are open, and who alone canst perfectly comfort and help me. Thou knowest what things I stand in most need of.
Behold, I stand before thee poor and naked, calling for grace, and imploring mercy. Refresh thy hungry supplicant, kindle my coldness with the fire of Thy love, enlighten my blindness with thy brightness of Thy presence. Suffer me not to go away from Thee hungry and dry; but deal mercifully with me, as oftentimes Thou hast dealt wonderfully with Thy saints.
Thomas a Kempis