Prayer for Ourselves

prayer5‘Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.’   1 John 5:15

Lord Christ, I thank you for your love so strong,
May that love flow through me to others.
May I be patient when change comes slowly.
May I be kind when life seems harsh.
May I be gentle when others feel bruised.
May I be humble when things go well.
May I be peaceful when anger rises within.
May I forgive when wronged.
May I rejoice when the truth is discovered.
Love never fails, but I do.
May I persevere when the way is hard.

Prayer of St Francis Xavier

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which must look our Christ’s compassion on the world.
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless men now.

I give you my hands to do your work.
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
Above all, I give you my heart that you may love, in me, your Father and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me.

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 ask for rest;
to labour and not to seek reward,
save that of knowing
that I do your will.
St. Francis Xavier