The prayer I was introduced to a few weeks ago while on a retreat is called The Universal Prayer. It was written in 1721 and is attributed to Pope Clement XI. Here it is in its entirety:
Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith.
I trust in you: strengthen my trust.
I love you: let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.
I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
And call on you as my loving protector.
Guide me by your wisdom,
Correct me with your justice,
Comfort me with your mercy,
Protect me with your power.
I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;
My words: to have you for their theme;
My actions: to reflect my love for you;
My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.
I want to do what you ask of me:
In the way you ask,
For as long as you ask,
Because you ask it.
Lord, enlighten my understanding,
Strengthen my will,
Purify my heart,
and make me holy.
Help me to repent of my past sins
And to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weaknesses
And to grow stronger as a Christian.
Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
A Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch,
Those under my authority,
My friends and my enemies.
Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
Greed by generosity,
Apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
And reach out toward others.
Make me prudent in planning,
Courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.
Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
Temperate in food and drink,
Diligent in my work,
Firm in my good intentions.
Let my conscience be clear,
My conduct without fault,
My speech blameless,
My life well-ordered.
Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish your love for me,
Keep your law,
And come at last to your salvation.
Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
That my true future is the happiness of heaven,
That life on earth is short,
And the life to come eternal.
Help me to prepare for death
With a proper fear of judgment,
But a greater trust in your goodness.
Lead me safely through death
To the endless joy of heaven.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
And now on to the stories from the sidewalk:
I found out from S.M. Bill that the no parking signs are in place
because a movie is being shot in downtown PGH, and the restrictions
are on a lot of other blocks around town as well. Be aware of that for
It was a foggy, chilly morning until the sun came up, and perfect from
then on. PP did not seem to be as busy as yesterday, but couples were
still going in. I saw two women who looked like abortionists go in
about 9:30. There were about 7 escorts, and they stayed until after
S.M. Patty arrived early with three women from her church, Unity
Community. A little later, we welcomed a good number of pray-ers from
out of the Pittsburgh area. Three young people from Steubenville, At
least 10 people from Wheeling, 3 from Johnstown (Latoya & Brian were 2
of them), 2 from Baden, 2 from Ford City, one from Nanty-Glo, and
others from about 6 local churches. Wonderful prayer all morning!
Louise, from Nanty-Glo, brought a beautiful, large banner that 3 people
held all morning. She is donating it to Tom V. who will be displaying it. Partial
wording: “Made in the image of God”. The O of God is a womb, with a pre-born baby.
I got a picture of as much of the sign as my little phone would take. When I left about 11:20 a large number of the out of town people were still there. It looks like we are finishing strong.
More stories and pictures will be posted if and when they come in.