Lord, Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee,
And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
Let me banish self and follow Thee,
And ever desire to follow Thee.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
That I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee,
And let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only Thee.
And let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee,
And forever enjoy Thee. Amen.
Prayer for the [Preservation] of the True Faith 699
my Redeemer, will that terrible moment ever come, when but few
Christians shall be left who are inspired by the spirit of faith, that
moment when Thine indignation shall be provoked and Thy protection
shall be taken from us? Have our vices and our evil lives irrevocably
moved Thy justice to take vengeance, perhaps this very day, upon Thy
children? O Thou, the author and finisher of our faith, we conjure
Thee, in the bitterness of our contrite and humbled hearts, not to
suffer the fair light of faith to be extinguished in us. Remember Thy
mercies of old, turn Thine eyes in compassion upon the vineyard planted
by Thine Own right hand, and watered by the sweat of the Apostles, by
the precious blood of countless Martyrs and by the tears of so many
sincere penitents, and made fruitful by the prayers of so many
Confessors and innocent Virgins. O Divine Mediator, look upon those
zealous souls who raise their hearts to Thee and pray without ceasing
for the maintenance of that most precious gift of Thine, the true
faith. We beseech Thee, O God of justice, to hold back the decree of
our rejection, and to turn away Thine eyes from our vices and regard
instead the adorable Blood shed upon the Cross, which purchased our
salvation and daily intercedes for us upon our altars. Ah, keep us safe
in the true Catholic and Roman faith. Let sickness afflict us,
vexations waste us, misfortunes overwhelm us! But preserve in us Thy
holy faith; for if we are rich with this precious gift, we shall gladly
endure every sorrow, and nothing shall ever be able to change our
happiness. On the other hand, without this great treasure of faith, our
unhappiness would be unspeakable and without limit! O good Jesus,
author of our faith, preserve it pure within us; keep us safe in the
bark of Peter, faithful and obedient to his successor and Thy Vicar
here on earth, that so the unity of Holy Church may be maintained,
holiness fostered, the Holy See protected in freedom, and the Church
universal extended to the benefit of souls. O
Jesus, author of our faith, humble and convert the enemies of Thy
Church; grant true peace and concord to all Christian kings and princes
and to all believers; strengthen and preserve us in Thy holy service,
to the end that we may live in Thee and die in Thee. O Jesus, author of
our faith, let me live for Thee and die for Thee. Amen. (St. Clement Hofbauer).
LIVE My CREED
Dear God, I ask only to be myself; that I make up in perseverance what
I lack in skill; that I be resigned to Thy Will; that I pay all that I
owe; that I live simply and plainly; that I may always be truthful and
think clearly; that I be willing to change my opinions in the light of
true facts; that I injure no one willfully, either by word or deed;
that my heart be so filled with the love of God that it will have no
room left for hate, other than hate for war, impurity and injustice;
that only Catholic principles be my guide; and finally that, secure in
the knowledge and practice of my Creed, grounded in good habits,
virtues and a fear of the all-loving God, I may when the hour of death
draws nigh enter the eternal bliss of Heaven.
O Jesus! I cast myself and all my concerns into Thy Sacred
Heart, overflowing with all sweetness. I commit to Thee with perfect
confidence all my spiritual and temporal interests. I beg of Thee in
the hours of my weakness and excitement, when I forget or neglect to
call upon Thee for help, to be still my Protector and Guide. Give me
light to see Thy Will, strength to do it, and the grace not to offend
Thee by the least deliberate fault. Amen.