Friday, July 30, 2010

Favorite Prayer Meme

I did say August, right? Technically, it's not August so my blog break isn't fully in effect, right? I have started organizing school stuff but have a little time on my hands right now as I wait to consult with Husband on a few issues.

I usually don't do memes because, like Karen, I suffer from Meme Paralysis, but this one looks too good to pass up. I love being introduced to new prayers. The St. Thomas prayers that Lisa shares are just gorgeous! So, I'm going to pay forward that inspiration and share three of my favorite prayers... but I still don't think I'll tag anyone specific. Feel free to play if you want to!

1. I'm going to cheat like Lisa and include two short prayers that we always say together after our mealtime prayer. We began praying these years ago when Pope John Paul II asked for specific prayers for an increase in vocations:
Send forth, O Lord, laborers into Thy harvest. Lord, grant unto Thy Church, saintly priests and fervent religious.
They are such quick little requests that just roll off the tongue and can be found along with some other really wonderful prayers in a little booklet called Prayers for Priests compiled by St. John Bosco Books.

2. The Anima Christi. This prayer says it all!

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee.
Forever and ever. Amen.

3. The last one is a new prayer that I've discovered recently that can be found in Treasures Old and New: Traditional Prayers for Today's Catholics. Maybe it's my affinity for alliteration, but this prayer captured my attention at Mass one day. Since then, pondering over these words has really provided an excellent little examination of conscience. Take a look at some of them, really contemplate areas where you might find them in your life and then, start rooting them out. Fr. Philip granted me permission to post the prayer here:

The ABC Prayer of Conversion

O Lord, to come to you is to turn from sin. In answer to the persistent urging of your Holy Spirit, I come to you, confessing my sins and asking your forgiveness. Turn me, O Lord, away from my offenses and renew in me a clean heart.

Turn me, O Lord, away from...
Acquisitiveness, anxiety, apostasy, avarice;
Blasphemy, belittlements, berating, brooding;
Calumny, covetousness, cruelty, and cursing.

Turn me, O Lord, away from...
Death, debt, despair, and distraction;
Egotism, envy, error, and evil;
Falsity, fatalism, fear and fraud.

Turn me, O Lord, away from...
Glamour, gluttony, grandiosity, and greed;
Hatred, heckling, hopelessness, and hurt;
Indecency, ignorance, infidelity, and injustice.

Turn me, O Lord, away from...
Jealousy, jeering, jocularity, and judgment;
Lawlessness, libel, lust, and lying;
Materialism, meddling, mocking, and murder.

Turn me, O Lord, away from...
Nagging, narcissism, negligence, and nihilism;
Obstinacy, occultism, omission, ostentatious display;
Pessimism, presumption, pride, and privilege.

Turn me, O Lord, away from...
Qualms in faith, quarreling, quick-temperedness, quietism,
Rage, rancor, rashness, and relativism;
Sadness, sarcasm, subversion, and sullenness.

Turn me, O Lord, away from...
Temptation, tawdriness, timidity, treachery;
Uncleanliness, unctuousness, usury, usurpation;
Vainglory, vengeance, violence, and vexation.

Turn me, O Lord, to You in zealous faith. 


  1. Love the Anima Christi, too, Charlotte. It's my first "after Holy Communion" prayer. But the last one... Oh wow! I love it. Thanks for sharing. (Copying that one out.)

  2. I'm glad you weren't paralyzed :) .... I can never read or pray the Anima Christi too many times.


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