Category Archives: Times of the Day

Morning Prayer

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Dear God,
I give this day to You.
May my mind stay centered on the things of spirit.
May I not be tempted to stray from love.
As I begin this day, I open to receive You.
Please enter where you already abide.
May my mind and heart be pure and true,
and may I not deviate from the things of goodness.
May I see the love and innocence in all
mankind, behind the masks we all wear and
the illusions of this worldly plane.
I surrender to You my doings this day.
I ask only that they serve You and the healing of
the world.
May I bring Your love and goodness with me, to
give unto others wherever I go.
Make me the person You would have me be.
Direct my footsteps, and show me what You
would have me do.
Make the world a safer, more beautiful place.
Bless all Your creatures.
Heal us all, and use me, dear Lord, that I might
know the joy of being used by You.
Amen.

By, Marianne Williamson
Submitted by, Pastoral Care Department, SLU Hospital

Also posted in 2011 Prayerbook, Times of Beginnings, Times of Seeking | Comments closed

Lord, Grant Me a Holy Heart

Lord, grant me a holy heart
that sees always what is fine and pure
and is not frightened at the sight of sin,
but creates order wherever it goes.

Grant me a heart that knows nothing
of boredom, weeping and sighing.
Let me not be too concerned
with the bothersome thing
I call “myself.”

Lord, give me a sense of humor
and I will find happiness in life
and profit for others.

St. Thomas Moore
Submitted by, JJ Mueller, S.J.

Also posted in 2011 Prayerbook, Times of Discernment, Times of Need, Times of Seeking | Comments closed

Today

Today, I will dwell neither on yesterday’s events nor tomorrow’s maybes, but rather the still, perfect moment that is the present.

Today, I will take each moment one at a time. I will sit still and look around me. I will accept every situation I find myself in.

Today, I will appreciate the richness of every season. I will celebrate the spirit of every circumstance, mood, and archetype.

Today, I will cultivate a spirit of gratitude by recognizing the countless blessings in my life. I will offer up continual thanks.

Today, I will seek the beauty in every person I meet and dwell on the good in them. I will build them up and do everything I can to make their day a little better.

Today, I will look each person I talk to in the eye. I will listen to him or her with all of my attention and energy.

Today, I will be kind to myself. I will be gentle yet disciplined, and I will be ready to laugh at myself and my situation at all times.

Today is God’s day. I am alive for it, and I have a purpose.

Submitted by Whitney Kline, Student, DCHS

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Evening Prayer

May God support us all the day long
until the shadows lengthen
and the evening comes
and the busy world is hushed
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done!
Then in His Mercy
may He give us a safe lodging
and a holy rest
and peace at the last – Amen.

–John Henry Cardinal Newmann

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Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

Nada te turbe,
nada te espante;
todo se pasa,
Dios no se muda.
La paciencia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene nada l falta
solo Dios basta.

English*-

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing distress you;
While all things fade away,
God is unchanging.
Patience overcomes everything.
With God in your heart,
Nothing is lacking.
God alone suffices.
*the English translation is a combination of other translations I have read and my own working that I feel bests translates the Spanish meaning.

Submitted by Gina Gailis (Madrid Campus)

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