I believe in the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the dead, and life everlasting. Amen
—End of the Apostles’ Creed
O God, give me the courage and strength to be worthy of being called a Christian.
—Karl Rahner, SJ
O Christ Jesus,
may your death be my life,
your labor my repose,
your human weakness my strength,
your confusion my glory.
—St. Peter Faber, SJ
Gentle and humble Saint Joseph, you were chosen to be the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of our Savior Jesus. Your life was guided by faith with trust in the Lord and His angels.
Be with me, as my spiritual father. Guard me and protect me wherever I go. Keep my heart open to the needs of others as yours was, and help me to always obey the will of God in my life. Amen.
—Traditional prayer to St. Joseph
PRAYER OF THE WHEAT GRAIN
Lord of my being,
God of my flesh,
Possess me through and through.
When the hour strikes,
May I count it gain,
For this wheat grain to be ground.
Let Your love lead me,
Your Spirit sustain me,
In You may I always be schooled.
—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me, God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me, God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils, from temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near…
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 when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks 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.
—Excerpt of the Breastplate of St. Patrick
Jesus accompany us on our Lenten roads to Jerusalem. As we gather in our own communities, remind us of our need of you and your promise to be with us always. Give us the courage to speak your truth and be witnesses of your mercy and compassion in our troubled world.
Loving Father, I pray that, like the prodigal son, I can return to you and say: “I have sinned against you and am not worthy to be called your child.” Like the father in story, I trust that, while I am still a long way off, you will be filled with compassion, rush to me, and embrace me. I know that, no matter what I have done, I can always come back to you.
—Adapted from a prayer by Fr. Karl Voelker, SJ
Lord Jesus, in all that you did and all that you are, you brought life into the world. May we follow in your ways and be disciples who bring life to others. As we walk this Lenten journey, help us to find ways to serve you, by serving our brothers and sisters. We pray this in your name. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
—Attributed to Sir Francis Drake