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Prayer of Pope Clement XI

June 6, 2010 by  
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Prayer of Pope Clement XI

Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith.
I trust in you: strengthen my trust.
I love you: let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.
I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
And call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
Correct me with your justice,
Comfort me with your mercy,
Protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;
My words: to have you for their theme;
My actions: to reflect my love for you;
My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me:
In the way you ask,
For as long as you ask,
Because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
Strengthen my will,
Purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
And to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weaknesses
And to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
A Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch,
Those under my authority,
My friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
Greed by generosity,
Apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
And reach out toward others.

Make me prudent in planning,
Courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering,
unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
Temperate in food and drink,
Diligent in my work,
Firm in my good intentions.

Let my conscience be clear,
My conduct without fault,
My speech blameless,
My life well-ordered.

Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish your love for me,
Keep your law,
And come at last to your salvation.

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
That my true future is the happiness of heaven,
That life on earth is short,
And the life to come eternal.

Help me to prepare for death
With a proper fear of judgment,
But a greater trust in your goodness.

Lead me safely through death
To the endless joy of heaven.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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  • What an incredibly beautiful prayer! Thank you for sharing it. I’m sure I am not the only one who has never seen it before!

  • Cynthia

    This prayer is an old friend. It makes a great examination of conscience at the end of the day or a great morning offering. The Church is so rich in spiritual blessings, so deep in God’s grace!

    • Dear Friend – great comments. Can you be more specific in how you would use this prayer in the ways you are suggesting? I am sure it would be a blessing to our readers to hear more of your thoughts on this.

  • Cynthia

    As a morning offering, this prayer contains all the ingredients a good prayer needs (ACTS): A. adoration; C. contrition; T. thanksgiving; and S. supplication. The first half of the prayer contains mini-acts of faith, hope and love, but I especially appreciate the specific way it directs our attention beyond the simple offering of our thought,words, actions and sufferings to their intended destination; that is, to be fixed on God, to have God for their theme, to reflect our love for God, and to be endured for God’s greater glory. My morning offering is as much a reminder to me of what God wants my day to look like as it is a gift of self to God. This prayer reminds us of the hows and whys of my offering: “I want to do what You ask of me: in the way you ask, for as long as you ask, because you ask it. And it asks God for all the graces I will need to get through another day.
    The second half of the prayer can be used as an examination of conscience. Just turn the statements into questions: Did I conquer anger with gentleness today? Did I forget myself to reach out toward others? Was my speech blameless today?, etc. Finally as a night prayer we ask God to help us do better the next day by asking for his help in guarding against our weaknesses, in cherishing his love for us, and in keeping his law. Then we turn our hearts toward heaven, our final desitination, as we beg for God’s help to prepare for death and to trust him to lead us into his eternal embrace. I can’t think of a better way to begin and end my day!

    • Ro

      Cynthia, Thank you for you words of insight for this most beautiful prayer. I hope that you will allow me to share this with others. My soul yearns to know people in this life with the depth of your spirituality.

      • Cynthia

        You’re most welcome. Rest asssured your love of God will draw like people to you! But these insights aren’t mine to give away…they belong to the Holy Spirit. Faithfulness in devotion to God will take us all deep into his most Sacred Heart where we will find inspirations we never thought possible. Bit by little bit He transforms us into His image…Praise be to God!

  • Ro

    This is one of my most favorite prayers, it always takes me deeper into the depths of my heart and comforts me by reminding me that when I say it daily of what is truly important and where and how to keep my focus. I’ve passed this prayer on to so may people, but many have commented that they don’t care to much for it. I can’t understand why. For me it’s like Pope Clement XI knew my heart so well and spoke the words that I would have never been able to possibly have so poeticly put to paper. Thank you Pope Clement XI—pray for us!

  • Guest

    How sad, Dan, that, like Elizabeth I am seeing this wonderful Prayer for the first time. I have placed in on my Desktop along with the Countenance of the Divine Mercy so that I shall be praying it every morning. It is so enriching and my joy in finding it is deep and heartfelt. Thank you Dan, for this Website. You shall never know how many souls you have shown the right way to reach God and learn how to live in His presence. God bless ou all

  • $1650412

    I LOVE THIS PRAYER! Thanks for sharing it here-I think it is a beautiful blessing. Another one I this is very meaningful is this one by St.Bonaventure here:
    http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/bonaventure.htm
    In a world where everywhere we turn is something new and different and distracting, it helps me to remember that I really do want to live my life for Jesus Christ in such a way that these sentiments will also be the hallmarks of my own devotion.

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