Prayers by St. Ignatius
Prayer for Generosity
Dear Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve You as You deserve: to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that I am doing Your will. Amen.
Suscipe (Take, Lord, Receive)
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will all that I have and call my own. You have given it all to me. To You, Lord, I return it. Everything is Yours; do with it what You will. Give me only Your love and Your grace. That is enough for me.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me; body of Christ, save me; water from the side of Christ, wash me; passion of Christ, strengthen me; good Jesus, hear me; within the wounds, shelter me; from turning away, keep me; from the evil one, protect me; at the hour of my death, call me; into your presence lead me, to praise you with all your saints; forever and ever, Amen.
This a version of the five-step Daily Examen that St. Ignatius practiced.
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.
For details about each step of the Examen, read How Can I Pray?
Prayers by Other Jesuits
Fall in Love, Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.
Teach Me to Listen, John Veltri, S.J.
Teach me to listen, O God, to those nearest me, my family, my friends, my co-workers. Help me to be aware that no matter what words I hear, the message is, Accept the person I am. Listen to me. Teach me to listen, my caring God, to those far from me the whisper of the hopeless, the plea of the forgotten, the cry of the anguished. Teach me to listen, O God my Mother, to myself. Help me to be less afraid to trust the voice inside in the deepest part of me. Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit, for your voice in busyness and in boredom, in certainty and doubt, in noise and in silence. Teach me, Lord, to listen.