Prayer before any Good Work

(Whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in

the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

[Col. 3:17])

 

O Jesus, sweet Jesus, O Jesus divine,

My life and my death unto Thee I resign.

Every action of mine shall Thy patronage claim;

For whatever I do shall be done in Thy name.

 

(Renew your good intention frequently during the

day and especially as the beginning

of any important work or duty by some short

ejaculatory prayer, for example:)

 

All in the name of Jesus.

 

All for the glory of God.

 

All for Jesus.

 

All for the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the immaculate

heart of Mary.

 

In the name of the Father, +

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

A Prayer to be Generous

Teach me, Lord Jesus, to be generous:

to serve You as You deserve;

to give, not counting the cost;

to fight, not heeding the wounds;

to toil, not asking for rest;

to labour, not seeking any reward,

save that of knowing that we do Your will. Amen.

 

A Prayer for Friends and Benefactors

O God, bountiful in forgiving,

and lovingly desirous of man’s salvation,

we humbly beseech Thy mercy in behalf of our friends,

relations and benefactors,

who have passed from this world, that,

through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin

and all the Saints,

Thou wouldst permit them to come

to the full participation of everlasting happiness.

Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A Prayer for Surviving Friends

Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee,

that while we lament the departure of Thy servant,

we may always remember that

we are most certainly to follow him.

Give us grace to prepare for the last hour

by a good and holy life,

that we may not be taken unprepared by sudden death,

but may be ever on the watch, that,

when Thou shalt call,

we may go forth to meet the Bridegroom

and enter with Him into glory everlasting.

Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A Prayer for Heavenly Treasures

King Jesus, rich in Heavenly treasures, You Who chose to embrace earthly poverty, Now look at Your eternal glory! Riches are indeed the root of all evil, Poverty being the road to eternal life. Teach me to embrace a life of poverty, to endure with the bare necessities. If an over-abundance arrives my way, Send Your needy children to gather it. Enrich my soul with Heavenly treasures, Withdrawing its desires for earthly goods. I trust in Your spiritual providence!

 

A Prayer for Might Against Greed

Displaying the treasures of Your work, Jesus, You invited me to follow You, To sell my goods, to give to the poor, And to completely submit Myself to You. Desires for wealth leads to greed, Satisfaction never being reached. He who seeks no earthly possessions Is free of all avarice aspirations. Jesus, edify my weak human nature, to resist unnecessary commodities, Those classified as evident luxury. May I subdue all greedy tendencies!