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Prayers of the Saints: Adrian van Kaam


Epiphany Prayer:

Thank you Lord, for this new day in which you call me to be an epiphany of your care and concern.

Radiate your presence through me in my family, in my places of labor and leisure.

Give me the grace to meet you in the sacrament of everydayness.  Let me share in the beauty of your hidden life in Nazareth.

When I fail, let me experience in joy your forgiveness in which I am immersed always, everywhere.

Teach me to turn obstacles and failures, benefits and successes into formation opportunities.

Strengthen my commitment to be a manifestation of your love and tender mercy.


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Prayers of the Saints: St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Be Yourself My Sanctity

“O My God! Most Blessed Trinity, I desire to Love you and make you loved, to work for the glory of the Holy Church by saving souls on earth and liberating those suffering in purgatory.  I desire to accomplish your will perfectly and to reach the degree of glory you have prepared for me in your kingdom.  I desire, in a word, to be a saint, but I feel my helplessness and I beg you, O my God! to be yourself my Sanctity!


Since you loved me so much as to give me your only Son as my Savior and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of his merits are mine.  I offer them to you with gladness, begging you to look upon me only in the Face of Jesus and in his heart burning with Love.”

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Prayers of the Saints: St. Teresa of Avila


May I Serve Your Desires

May you through your providence, Lord, provide the necessary means by which my soul may serve you at Your pleasure rather than at its own.  Don’t punish me by giving me what I want or desire if Your love, which lives in me always, doesn’t desire it.  May this “I” die, and may another live in me greater than I and better for me than I, so that I may serve Him.  May He live and give me life.  May He reign and may I be captive, for my soul doesn’t want any other liberty.  How will he be free who is a stranger to the Most High?  What greater or more miserable captivity than for a soul to be loosed from the hand of its Creator?  Happy are those who with  the strong fetters and chains of the kindnesses of the  mercy of God find themselves prisoners and deprived of the power to break loose.

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Prayers of the Saints: Mother Teresa


You Are the Thirsty to Be Given Drink

You are God. You are true God from true God. Generated not created. Of the selfsame substance of the Father. You are the Second Person of the most Holy Trinity. You are the one in being with the Father. You are with the Father from all eternity. All things were created by you and the Father. You are the Beloved Son in whom the Father is well pleased. You are the Son of Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit in her virginal womb. You were born in Bethlehem. You were wrapped in swaddling clothes by Mary and placed in a manger filled with straw. You are an ordinary man without much education, and the educated class in Israel judges you.

Jesus is: the Word made flesh…the bread of life, the victim immolated for our sins on the cross, the sacrifice offered for the sins of the world and for my sins in the Holy Mass, the word to be proclaimed, the truth to be revealed, the way to be followed, the light to illumine, the life to live, the love to be loved,

the hungry person to be fed, the thirsty person given drink, the naked one to clothe, the homeless to receive shelter, the sick to be cured, the abandoned to be loved, the outcast to be welcomed, the leper whose wounds are bathed, the beggar to whom a smile is given, the drunkard who needs to be listened to,

the mentally disturbed who needs to be protected, the infant who needs to be held in our arms, the blind person who needs to be led by the hand, the mute for whom someone must speak, the crippled with whom one walks, the drug addict who needs help, the prostituted who needs to be taken off the street and listened to, the prisoner who needs to be visited, the aged person who needs to be taken care of.

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Prayers of the Saints: Thomas Merton


Lord, I Do Not See the Road Ahead of Me

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 that 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 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.

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Prayers of the Saints: St. John of the Cross

Reveal Your Presence

Why, since you wounded this heart, don’t you heal it? And why, since you stole it from me, do you leave it so, and fail to carry off what you have stolen?


Extinguish these miseries, since no one else can stamp them out; and may my eyes behold you, because you are their light, and I would open them to you alone.


Reveal your presence, and may the vision of your beauty be my death; for the sickness of love is not cured except by your very presence and image.


O spring like crystal! If only, on your silvered-over faces, you would suddenly form the eyes I have desired, which I bear sketched deep within my heart.


Withdraw them, Beloved, I am taking flight!


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An Unknown Prayer By St. Francis

May We Make Our Way To You

50. Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God, grant us in our misery [the grace] to do for You alone what we know You want us to do, and always to desire to please you.

51. Thus, inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened, and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

52. And, by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You, Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified God all-powerful forever and ever.


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