Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Prayer for the Home

May the house wherein I dwell be blessed;
My good thoughts here possess me;
May my path of life be straight and true;
My dreams as here I lie be joyous;
All above, below, about me
May the house I love be hallowed.
May it be blessed by His holy grace
Annointed by the presence of His Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Prayers for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Spirit, divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore you and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints.I give you my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg you to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that I may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon. Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve you for the future with increased fervor, follow with more propmtness Your holy inspirations, and observe Your divine precepts with greater fidelity.Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul. Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter. Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things in this meserable world. Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end, so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the hapiness of possesing Him eternally in the next. Amen!
St. Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Give Us Grateful Hearts

Give us grateful hearts, O Father,
for all thy mercies, and
make us mindful of the needs of others;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Prayer for trust in Jesus

O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose,
Your will through all things.
- St. Ignatius of Loyola