Thy Son has promised that Thou wilt grant us all the graces
which we ask Thee for in His name.
In the name, therefore,
and by the merits of Jesus
I ask the following graces for myself and for all mankind:
I pray Thee to give me a lively faith
that the holy Roman Church teaches me.
Enlighten me also,
that I may know the vanity of the goods of this world,
and the immensity of the Infinite Good
that Thou art;
make me also see the deformity of the sins I have committed,
that I may humble myself and detest them as I ought;
and, on the other hand, show me how worthy Thou art,
of Thy goodness,
that I should love Thee with all my heart.
Make me know also the love Thou has borne me,
that from this day forward I may try to be grateful for so much goodness.
give me a firm confidence in Thy mercy
of receiving the pardon of my sins,
holy perseverance, and, finally,
through the merits of Jesus Christ
and the intercession
give me a great love toward Thee,
which shall detach me from the love of this world and of myself,
so that I may love none
other but Thee,
and that I may neither do nor desire anything else
but what is for Thy glory.
I beg of Thee a perfect resignation to Thy will,
in accepting with tranquility sorrows,
infirmities, contempt, persecutions, aridity of spirit,
loss of property, of esteem, of relations,
and every other cross which shall come to me from Thy hands. I offer myself entirely to Thee,
that thou mayest do with me,
and all that belongs to me,
what thou pleasest;
do Thou only give me light and strength
to do Thy will,
and, especially at the hour of death,
help me to sacrifice
with all the affection I am capable of,
in union with the sacrifice
which Thy Son Jesus Christ
made of His life
on the cross of Calvary.
I beg of Thee a great sorrow for my sins,
which may make me grieve over them as long as I live,
and weep for the insults I have offered Thee,
the Sovereign Good,
who art worthy of infinite love, and who hast loved me so much.
I pray Thee to give me the spirit
of true humility
that I may accept with peace,
and even with joy, all the contempt,
ingratitude and ill-treatment that I may receive.
At the same time
I also pray Thee to give me perfect charity,
which shall make me wish well to those who have done evel to me,
and to do what good
I can, at least by praying,
for those who have in any way injured me.
I beg of Thee to give me a love for the virtue
of holy mortification,
by which I may chastise my rebellious senses,
and cross my self-love;
at the same time
I beg Thee to give me holy purity of body,
and the grace
to resist all bad temptations,
by ever having recourse to Thee and Thy most Holy Mother.
Give me the grace
faithfully to obey my spiritual father
and all my superiors in all things.
Give me an upright intention,
that in all I desire and do I may seek only Thy glory,
and to please Thee alone.
Give me a great confidence in the Passion of Jesus
and in the intercession
Give me a great love toward the most Adorable Sacrament of the Altar,
and a tender devotion and love to Thy Holy Mother.
Give me, I pray Thee, above all,
holy perseverance, and the grace
always to pray for it,
especially in time
and at the hour of death.
I recommend to Thee the holy souls in Purgatory,
my relations and benefactors;
and in an especial manner I recommend to Thee all those who hate me,
or who have in any way offended me;
I beg of Thee to render them good
for the evil
they have done,
or may wish to do me.
I also recommend to Thee all infidels, heretics,
and all poor sinners;
give them light and strength
to deliver themselves from sin. O, most loving God,
make Thyself known and loved by all,
but especially by those
who have been more ungrateful to Thee than others,
so that by Thy goodness I may come one day
to sing Thy mercies in paradise;
for my hope
is in the merits of Thy Blood,
and in the patronage of Mary.
O Mary, Mother of God,
pray to Jesus
So I hope; so may it be!
By Saint Alphonsus.
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Accept Lord, this my emptiness,
and so fill me with Thyself,
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