The Saint Michael Prayer
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
The Morning Offering
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day, in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for the intentions of your Sacred Heart, the salvation of souls, reparation of sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all apostles of prayer, and in particular for those intentions recommended by Our Holy Father for this month. Amen.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to Him. I therefore take You, O Sacred heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death.
Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the strokes of his righteous anger. O Heart of love, I put all my confidence in You, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty, but I hope for all things from Your goodness and bounty.
Remove from me all that can displease You or resist Your holy will; let your pure love imprint Your image so deeply upon my heart, that I shall never be able to forget You or to be separated from You.
May I obtain from all Your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in Your Heart, for in You I desire to place all my happiness and glory, living and dying in bondage to You. Amen.
St. Augustine's Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit,that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
Prayer of Transformation
Lord, take my hands. I give them to you so you may continue to bless, to heal, work, feel, comfort, and love. Forgive me for using them for things against your will. Lord, take my mouth. I give it to you so you may continue to speak, preach, build up, comfort, and love. Forgive me for all the times I have hurt you and your people with my mouth. Lord, take my nose and my senses. I give them to you so you may continue to sense good from evil, and smell the fragrance of your love in all people. Forgive me for distorting this for my own will. Lord, take my eyes. I give them to you so you may continue to see the good in all men, the Spirit of your Father, the Spirit of your love. Forgive the times I have seen only the evil and then judged. Lord, take my ears. I give them to you so you may continue to listen and hear the cry of the lonely. Forgive me for all the times I have closed them, closed them to your Truth. Lord, take my feet. I give them to you so you may continue to lead myself and others in the path of your love. Forgive me for using them to follow a path of selfishness. Lord, take my body. I give it to you so you may continue to suffer so as to carry on my dying to myself. Forgive me for wanting to use it for the desires of the flesh. Lord, take my mind. I give it to you that I may think the way you think. Forgive me for so often thinking with the mind of the world or the flesh. Lord, take my heart. I give it to you so you may continue to love and understand. Forgive me for all the times I have let my heart be hardened. Lord, take my life. I give it to you so you may continue to live through me. Forgive me for wanting to only live for myself. Lord, I give you my very self. Everything. All that I am. Just as I am. I give myself to you so that your will and not mine may always be done in me. Amen. - Fr. Larry Richards
Prayer for the Miracle of God's Love
Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and to the world. Let us pray for each other, that we allow Jesus to love in us, and through us, with the love with which His Father loves Him. Amen. - Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Prayer for Discernment
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 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 that I have that desire in all that I am doing. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although 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. Amen. - Thomas Merton
Prayer of Abandonment
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself to you, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father. Amen. - Charles de Foucauld
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