God of my ancestors, bless me and hear my prayer, just as you blessed our mother Sarah and gave her son Isaac to her.
The One Thing Necessary of Saint Alphonsus Liguori
O my God, help me to remember that time is short, eternity long.
What good is all the greatness of this world at the hour of death?
To love you, my God, and save my soul is the one thing necessary.
Without you, there is no peace of mind or soul. My God, I need fear only sin and nothing else in this life, for to lose you, my God, is to lose all.
O my God, help me to remember that I came into this world with nothing, and shall take nothing from it when I die.
To gain you, I must leave all. But in loving you, I already have all good things —
the infinite riches of Christ and His Church in life, Mary’s motherly protection and perpetual help,
and the eternal dwelling place Jesus has prepared for me.
Eternal Father, Jesus has promised that whatever we ask in His Name will be granted us.
In His Name, I pray: give me a burning faith, a joyful hope, a holy love for you.
Grant me perseverance in doing your will and never let me be separated from you.
My God and my All, make me a saint. Amen.
adapted from St. Alphonsus’ prayers -Baltimore Province Redemptorists
Holy Spirit Prayer of Saint Augustine of Hippo
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.
Quote of Saint Benedict the Moor
My possessions are not mine, they are ours.
The Memorare of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Remember, most loving Virgin Mary, never was it heard that anyone who turned to you for help was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, though burdened by my sins, I run to your protection for you are my mother. Mother of the Word of God, do not despise my words of pleading, but be merciful and hear my prayer. Amen.
Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena
Holy Spirit, come into my heart; draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God, and grant me charity with filial fear. Preserve me, O ineffable Love, from every evil thought; warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love, and every pain will seem light to me. My Father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my actions. Jesus, love, Jesus, love. Amen.
Saint Charles Borromeo
Almighty God, you have generously made known to human beings the mysteries of
your life through Jesus Christ your Son in the Holy Spirit.
Enlighten my mind to know these mysteries which your Church treasures and
Move my heart to love them and my will to live in accord with them.
Give me the ability to teach this Faith to others without pride, without
ostentation, and without personal gain.
Let me realize that I am simply your instrument for bringing others to the
knowledge of the wonderful things you have done for all your creatures.
Help me to be faithful to this task that you have entrusted to me. Amen
Letter of Saint Clare to Agnes of Prague
Gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him, as you desire to imitate Him.
Show forth in your actions the love which you have within you.
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, let me sow pardon;
Where there is doubt, let me sow faith; where there is despair, let me sow hope;
Where there is darkness, let me sow light; where there is sadness, let me sow 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.
Be At Peace from Saint Francis de Sales
Do not look forward in fear to the changes and chances of this life;
Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise,
God, to whom you belong will in His love enable you to profit by them.
He has guided you thus far in life, and He will lead you safely through all trials;
and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations. Amen.
Holy Spirit Prayer of Saint Hildegard of Bingen
Fire of the Spirit, life of the lives of creatures, spiral of sanctity,
Bond of all natures, glow of charity, lights of clarity,
Taste of sweetness to sinners, be with us and hear us.
Composer of all things, light of all the risen, key of salvation,
Release from the dark prison, hope of all unions, scope of chastities,
Joy in the glory, strong honour,
Be with us and hear us. Amen.
Suscipe of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
My memory, understanding, and my entire will,
All that I have and possess.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
All is yours; Do with it as you will.
Give me only your love and your grace:
That is enough for me.
Love of Saint John Vianney of Ars
I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You,
than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You,
I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.
Mother Marie de la Roche: Sisters of Divine Providence Foundress
Visibly do I see in all things the wonderful Providence of God; may my trust be ever firmer and simpler…
May we be ever filled with joy and thanks toward the most excellent and best of Fathers…
Compassion from Saint Martin de Porres
One day an aged beggar, covered with ulcers and almost naked, stretched out his hand, and Saint Martin, seeing the Divine Mendicant in him, took him to his own bed, paying no heed to the fact that he was not perfectly neat and clean. One of his brethren, considering he had gone too far in his charity, reproved him. Saint Martin replied: ‘Compassion, my dear Brother, is preferable to cleanliness. Reflect that with a little soap I can easily clean my bed covers, but even with a torrent of tears I would never wash from my soul the stain that my harshness toward the unfortunate would create.’
The Magnificat: The Canticle of Mary Luke 1:46-55
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
For He has looked with favor on His lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation. He has shown the strength of His arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit, He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has come to the help of His servant Israel for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and His children forever.
A Saying of Saint Moses the Ethiopian
A brother at Scete, the camp of the monks, committed a fault. A council was called to which Abba Moses was invited, but he refused to go to it. The priest sent someone to say to him, ‘Come, for everyone is waiting’ for you.’ So he got up and went. He took a leaking jug, filled it with water and carried it with him. The others came out to meet him and said to him, ‘What is this, Father?’ The old man said to them, ‘My sins run out behind me, and I do not see them, and today I am coming to judge the errors of another.’ When they heard that they said no more to the brother but forgave him.
Lorica of Saint Patrick of Ireland
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ in breadth,
Christ in length, Christ in height,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks 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.
Prayer of Saint Teresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
Prayer of Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through us and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.
Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from you.
None of it will be ours.
It will be you shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise you in the way you love best
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach you without preaching,
not by words, but by our example; by the catching force –
the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you.
St Thérèse of the Child Jesus / St Thérèse of Lisieux / The Little Flower
The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity…..
O My God! Most Blessed Trinity, I desire to Love You and make You Loved, to work for the glory of Holy Church by saving souls on earth and liberating those suffering in purgatory. I desire to accomplish Your will perfectly and to reach the degree of glory You have prepared for me in Your Kingdom. I desire, in a word, to be a saint but I feel my helplessness and I beg You, O my God! To be Yourself my Sanctity!