"Every Christian mind is a seed of change so long as it is a living mind, not enervated by custom and ossified by prejudice. A Christian has only to be in order to change the world, for in that act of being there is contained all the mystery of supernatural life. It is the function of the Church to sow this divine seed, to produce not merely good men, but spiritual men– that is to say, supermen. In so far as the Church fulfills this function it transmits to the world a continuous stream of spiritual energy. If the salt itself loses its savor, then indeed the world sinks back into disorder and death, for despiritualized Christianity is powerless to change anything; it is the most abject of failures, since it serves neither the natural nor the spiritual order. But the life of the Church never fails, since it possesses an infinite capacity for regeneration. It is the external organ through which the Spirit enters the social process and builds up a new humanity – populus qui nascetur quem fecit Dominus. The spirit breathes and they are created and the fact of the earth is renewed."
Professor Christopher Dawson
DAILY PRAYERS FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart; the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all members of the Apostleship of Prayer and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father.
ACT OF FAITH
My God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that your Divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the holy Catholic Church teaches, because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
ACT OF HOPE
My God, relying on your infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, help your grace, and life everlasting through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
ACT OF LOVE
My God, I love You above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because You are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have offended me, and I ask pardon for those I have offended.
HAIL HOLY QUEEN
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blesses fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.
ACT OF CONTRITION
My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all of my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
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 ask for reward, except that of knowing that I am doing you will.
PRAYER FOR CALM
My Lord and my God, I do not know what will happen to me today, but what I do know is that nothing will happen to me today that you and I together can not handle. This thought is enough to bring me to face the day in peace. I adore you in your wisdom and love. I commend myself into your hands with the complete trust. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
From the Jesuits, www.norprov.org