General Prayers

 

 

Lord, help me to live this day
            quietly, easily;
To lean on Thy great strength
            trustfully, respectfully;
To await the unfolding of Thy will
            patiently, serenely;
To meet others
            peacefully, joyously;
To face tomorrow
            confidently, courageously.

Amen

 

 

O Holy Spirit
Give me stillness of soul in Thee.
Calm the turmoil within with the gentleness of your peace;
Quiet the anxiety within with a deep trust in You;
Heal the wounds of sin within with the joy of your forgiveness;
strengthen the faith within with the awareness of your Presence;
Confirm the hope within with the knowledge of your strength;
give fullness to the love within with an outpouring of your love.
O Holy Spirit
Be to me a source of light, strength and courage
So that I may hear your call ever more clearly
and follow it more generously.

Amen

 

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally,
impatient in everything to reach the end
without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being
on the way to something unknown,
something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability –
And that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually –
let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today
what time (that is to say, grace and
circumstances acting on your good will)
will make you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of
feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

    Teilhard de Chardin

 

 

Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today
that you and I together can’t handle.

Amen

Let your God love you

Be silent
Be still.
Alone. Empty
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God
Look upon you.
That is all.
he knows.
He understands.
He loves you with
An enormous love.
He only wants to
Look upon you
with His love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.

Let your God
Love you.

Edwina Gateley

 

 

One thing I have asked of the Lord,
this is what I seek;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple.

 

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You.
And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.

  Thomas Merton