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Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love

December 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer, Vocal

Do you ever have trouble shedding distractions and entering into prayer and meditation? A powerful way to open up your time of prayer, meditation, or scripture reading is through acts of faith, hope, and love. These acts can be the recitation of prayers like the ones below or others that you can write on your own. Whether you write your own or recite these traditional forms, these acts can help you to effectively enter into prayer and awareness of the presence of God.


Act of Faith:

O my God, I firmly believe all the truths that the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches; I believe these truths, O Lord, because Thou, the infallible Truth, hast revealed them to her; in this faith I am resolved to live and die. Amen.

Act of Hope:

O my God, relying on Thy promises, I hope that, through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, Thou wilt grant me pardon of my sins, and the graces necessary to serve Thee in this life and to obtain eternal happiness in the next. Amen

Act of Love:

O my God, I love Thee with my whole heart and above all things, because Thou art infinitely good and perfect; and I love my neighbor as myself for love of Thee. Grant that I may love Thee more and more in this life, and in the next for all eternity. Amen

Ideally, these acts are prayed spontaneously in our own words. If you have difficulty using your own words at first, simply begin using these for a while. Once you get the hang of it, personalize each act by answering these questions:

Act of Faith: What do I believe about Christ, about God, about what he has done for me?

Act of Hope: What am I joyfully anticipating as the outcome of my relationship with God both now and in the future?

Act of Love: Why do I love God? What is it about him that evokes love and appreciation in me? What am I thankful or grateful for?

May your faith, hope, and love increase in Him!

Dan

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Frtrue

    What a beautiful and blessed way to start a new day. Thank you. God bless you for sharing your spiritual gifts. Donald+

  • Becky Ward

    Thanks Dan! Especially grateful for the questions to guide us in creating our own.

    God Bless You!!

  • Asydwy

    Dear Dan…I am 73 years old! Having been catechized before Vatican II and
    with the Baltimore Catechism I learned the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity
    with the help of my parents and older brother before I was 7 years old and
    have been saying them all my life….we learned as follows:
    ACT OF FAITH: O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine
    Persons, Father, Son and HOly Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man,
    and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive or be deceived.
    ACT OF HOPE: O my God, relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope
    to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through
    the merits of Jesus Christ, ny Lord, and my Redeemer.
    ACT OF CHARITY(LOVE): O MY God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole
    heart and soul, because Thou are all good and deserving of my love. I love my
    neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and
    I ask forgiveness from all whom I have injured.
    The contrast in words and emphasis between those long-ago taught prayers
    and today’s version which you have generously shared speak volumes as
    to what has happened in catechesis. I agree that it is very meaningful to be
    able to pray from the heart, so to speak. But we all need to be made aware
    of the deeper truth which the vocalized prayers certainly do (did)
    I think your suggestion, to begin all our prayer, with recognition of God’s great
    gifts to us, the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, an excellent place to start!
    Thank you for reminding us of these exalted prayers…and a very Merry Christmas and Holy New Year! God bless you and the work you do!

    • Dear Friend – thank you for your wisdom and encouragement. God’s blessings on you. I do like your version better.

  • guest

    Thank you. I especially appreciate the ones you gave. Having to come up with appropriate words on my own has often seemed to me like a distraction in itself.

  • Guest

    Dear Dan, like Asydwy at 72 years, I learned the version of these Prayers he has quoted since I was 5 years old. My father, being a teacher, a Cathecist, a Lay Leader and the pillar of our Catholic Faith was like the Spiritual Director of our whole Village and the entire Mother Parish Church until his peaceful death at 100 years 12 years ago. He had been left in-charge of the Parish when all the Consolata Italian Priests were arrested during the WWII. He ensured the entire Parish remained functioning with a monthly visits of the Holy Ghost Irish Priests from the neighbouring District such that the Faithful continued with their Sacramental lives until the war ended and our Italian Priests released to resume their work. Up to this day these three Prayers are recited in the original Form just as Asydwy has set them out as the first Prayers of when one wakes up. The Post Vatican II generation have no idea what beauitiful Prayers and Devotions they have lost. May all of you on this Website be blessed.

  • Mary

    In an extreme emergency-SOS Lord. Please answer my heart. HELP.

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