Take, Lord, and receive
All my liberty,
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, dispose of it
Wholly according to your will.
Give me your love and your grace,
For that is enough for me.
—Suscipe of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Prayer for Generosity
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
Good and gracious God, you offer us the gift of faith and then encourage and sustain that gift throughout our lives. When we feel despondent, exhausted, or ready to give up, strengthen our faith so that we may continue on our journey to you. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
What you hold may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet,
so that even your steps stir up no dust,
Go forward, the spirit of our God has called you.
—St. Clare of Assisi
Lord, grant me the grace to see all that I am and have as gifts from you, so that I can freely give them away when called on to do so. Amen.
Whatever did not fit in with my plan
did lie within the plan of God.
I have an ever deeper and firmer belief that nothing
is merely an accident when seen in the light of God,
that my whole life down to the smallest details
has been marked out for me
in the plan of Divine Providence and has a
completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes.
And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory
wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me.
—St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Although unrecorded, Jesus spent most of his life as a work in progress, which is where we spend our entire lives. Keeping this in mind may lend new power to the Anima Christi prayer that Ignatius includes in the Spiritual Exercises. (This is a contemporary rewording of the prayer by David Fleming, S.J.)
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me.
May your body and blood be my food and drink.
May your passion and death be my strength and life.
Jesus, with you by my side, enough has been given.
May the shelter I seek be the shadow your cross.
Let me not run from the love which you offer,
But hold me safe from the forces of evil.
—Michael Coffey, including a contemporary rewording of the Anima Christi written by David Fleming, S
God of all mercies,
God of all consolation,
comfort us in our afflictions
that we in turn might comfort those who are in trouble
with the same consolation we have received.
—Prayer in times of Suffering and Needs, published on the USCCB website
God of Glory, as you broke through the world of your early disciples, so break through to us. As a community of faith, show us where your glory is to be found, not only on the mountaintop, but on our streets and in our homes. Open our eyes to see the poor and the homeless as mirrors of your beauty and your suffering. Help us not to shrink from working with the less fortunate and broken-hearted.
Let us work for a world transfigured in the glory of God’s Kingdom, reaching out to victims of war, violence and human trafficking. Show us how to live our daily lives in such a way that others can experience your peace, justice, love and forgiveness. Amen.
—Sister Ruth Hoerig
Lord Jesus, you offer yourself to us as the living bread that nourishes our souls. Just as we are conscious of the food that we put into our bodies, may we take care to live by your word and your truth in our daily lives. Nourish us so that we can continue to work with you in building the kingdom. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team