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Prayer for Unity

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You are the One

From whom on different paths

All of us have come,

And to whom on different paths

All of us will return.

Make-strong in our hearts what unites us;

Build bridges across all that divides us.

Enable us to hear Your voice, follow Your will, and pursue Your purpose; and unite us in all that we do to serve You here at Saint Louis University.


By: Kathleen Brady

VP Facilities Services

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A Prayer in Hindu

Lord help us go…

Asato maa sad-gamaya
From ignorance (unreal) to truth (real)

Tama-so maa jyotir-gamaya
From darkness to light

Mrutor-maa Amrit-gamaya
From death to immortality (salvation)

As we find the worth in the challenges we face,

let’s pray that our Lord makes the worth of our sacrifices.

Submitted by:
Manoj Patankar, Ph. D.

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A Prayer for a Successful New Year

God, as we start this academic year, we would like to ask that you bless us and those whom we mentor and serve with the wisdom that we need to seize the opportunities and face the challenges that this year will bring. Help us to find success in ways that matter, as Ralph Waldo Emerson has described them:
“To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends.

To appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.”
Let us also be mindful of those whose paths are dogged by challenges that they cannot surmount. In the face of such challenges, please give them the strength to push ahead, the patience to endure, and the peace of mind to accept the road that they must follow. And let us keep them in our thoughts, in our prayers, and in our hearts.

By: Raymond C. Tait, PhD
Vice President, Research

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A Prayer for New Faculty

God, our Creator, give of all gifts.
We pray today in gratitude for these new faculty who will be joining our community at St. Louis University.
We are grateful for their abilities and their dedication and for the creativity that they will bring to all of us.
We ask you, God, to bless them at this time when they are busy preparing for the new academic year, moving themselves or moving their families, adjusting to new living circumstances, familiarizing themselves with a new and complex institution, preparing classes, and meeting new colleagues. Fill them with a spirit of peace, joy, and hope for the year to come.
May this day be a blessing for them.
May the discussions about our university confirm them in their choice to join us.
May they feel themselves supported by our University, by its policies, its resources, and its people.
May they find in the University mission the description of a common endeavor across all the Colleges–an endeavor to which they might contribute with their many gifts.
May they enjoy the companionship of the new colleagues that they will meet today. May they find their new colleagues admirable for what they have achieved, and may then even dream together of possible future collaborations.
Bless them and bless all of us and bless our work for the glory of God and the service of humanity.
We ask all this of you who are our God forever and ever.

Michael Barber, SJ

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Lord, help us make the world better,
Help us do it today.
Let’s all work together to find the best way.

To give social justice its rightful high place,
And to strive to support each person and race.

To teach one another the things we should know,
And to search for your guidance in the ways we should go.

To all work in harmony, one for another,
Whether Christian or Muslim, Judaic or other.

To make this world righteous, a place we can stay.
To live for each other in your chosen way.

We pray this can happen.  We pray for today.

Philip O. Alderson, M.D.

Dean School of Medicine

VP Health Sciences

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