O breathe in me Your spirit of Life, Lord Jesus, and grant me to breathe all my weakness in You. O breathe in me Your spirit of Wisdom, Lord Jesus, and grant me to breathe all my thoughts in You. O breathe in me Your spirit of Love, Lord Jesus, and grant me to breathe all my desires in You.
St Gertrude the Great was born on this day, 6th January, the Feast of the Epiphany.
The following prayer was made by St Gertrude when she noticed that, relying on her own strength, she was inclined to waste the graces of God, particularly the grace of God’s presence with which The Lord had favoured her:
“And that it may please You [Lord] to preserve this precious grace in me, I offer You that excellent prayer which You uttered with such amazing fervour when sweating blood in agony, and which the burning love of Your Divinity and Your pure devotion rendered so efficacious; beseeching You, by virtue of this most perfect prayer, to draw and unite me entirely to Yourself, that I may remain inseparably attached to You.”
“O My God
When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.
It is no longer in my power,
To change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so, what the past has embraced I must entrust to God.
O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of your omnipotence.
And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory.”
Saint Faustina’s Diary, paragraph 2
Prayer moves the Heart of God and opens one’s own heart to God’s presence. Prayer averts dangers, obtains blessings, and sows the seeds of sanctity. In prayer God loves and communes with the soul in secret and leads the soul to ever greater degrees of intimacy and union with God, ever greater degrees of love.
‘I do not pray for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; that they may all be one; just as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them; so that they may be one even as we are one; I in them, and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.’
St John 17:20-23
“Everything that exists is enclosed in the bowels of My mercy, more deeply than an infant in its mother’s womb.” (Diary, 1076). “Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace.” (1074). –Words of Jesus to Saint Faustina.
Lord Jesus, in virtue of Your unfathomable mercy, fill me with the deepest confidence in You. Amen.
Mother Mary, in virtue of the indescribable love which gushed forth from your heart and in virtue of your adoring gaze that shone on the baby Jesus in your arms, grant me to love Him through your Immaculate Heart, to know all the depths of His love and mercy, and to obtain all that I ask of Jesus through your intercession. Amen.
Jesus said to Saint Faustina (Diary):
“Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy (699). The flames of mercy are burning me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls (1074). The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy (723).”
Lord Jesus, grant me to know the depths of your tender mercy and to confide my heart to you. Amen.
St Jude, Patron of Impossible Cases, Patron of Hope
Glorious Apostle, Saint Jude Thaddeus, I salute you through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through His Heart I praise and thank God for all the graces he has bestowed upon you. I implore you through His love to look upon me with compassion. Do not despise my poor prayer. Do not let my trust be confounded. God has granted to you the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God. All my life I will be your grateful client until I can thank you in heaven. Amen.
Saint Jude, pray for us, and for all who invoke your aid.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.