Prayers

You Have Called Me by Name

Oh, Lord my God,
You have called from the sleep of nothingness
merely because in your tremendous love
you want to make good and beautiful beings.
You have called me by my name in my mother’s womb.
You have given me breath and light and movement
and walked with me every moment of my existence.
I am amazed, Lord God of the universe,
that you attend to me and, more, cherish me.
Create in me the faithfulness that moves you,
and I will trust you and yearn for you all my days.
Amen.

-Joseph Tetlow, SJ

From Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits editor, Michael Harter, SJ


Prayer for Compassion

Teach me how to be compassionate to the suffering,
to the poor, the blind, the lame, and the lepers;
show me how you revealed your deepest emotions,
as when you shed tears,
or when you felt sorrow and anguish
to the point of sweating blood
and needed an angel to console you.
Above all, I want to learn
how you supported the extreme pain of the cross,
including the abandonment of your Father.
-Pedro Arrupe, SJ

From Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits editor, Michael Harter, SJ


A Prayer for Spiritual Freedom

O Spirit of God, we ask you to help orient
all our actions by your inspirations,
carry them on by your gracious assistance,
that every prayer and work of ours
may always begin from you
and through you be happily ended.

This prayer is frequently used by Jesuits to begin classes and meetings.

From Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits editor, Michael Harter, SJ


Prayer for Generosity

Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve,
To give without counting the cost,
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will.
Amen.

— Attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola

From Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits editor, Michael Harter, SJ


Teach Me Thy Paths

Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me,
and teach me Thy paths.
Direct me in Thy truth, and teach me;
for Thou art God my Saviour.

— St. Peter Faber, SJ

From Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits editor, Michael Harter, SJ


In the Hands of God

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.

But now there is a difference;
the initiative is entirely with God.

It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
to know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands

— Pedro Arrupe, SJ
Pedro Arrupe composed this prayer after he suffered a debilitating stroke, the effects of which he patiently endured for the final ten years of his life.

From Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits editor, Michael Harter, SJ


Suscipe (Traditional)

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
all I have and call my own.

You have given 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.

— St. Ignatius of Loyola

From Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits editor, Michael Harter, SJ


Spiritual Prayers by Joseph Tetlow, SJ

Introductory Prayer

Preperation Prayer

Week One Prayer 1

Week One Prayer 2

Week Two Prayer 1

Week Two Prayer 2

Week Two Prayer 3

Week Two Prayer 4

Week Three Prayer 1

Week Three Prayer 2

Week Four Prayer 1

Week Four Prayer 2


The Lunchtime Examen

The Lunchtime Examen invites you to pause at noontime, or whatever time fits your calendar, to review your day in the presence of God.

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