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Prayers of Jesuits

St. Francis Xavier's Poem of Love

O Jesu ego amo Te
Nec amo Te ut salves me
Aut quia non amantes Te
Aeterno punis igne.
Tu, Tu mi Jesu totum me
Amplexus es in cruce,
Tulisti clavos, lanceam
Multamque ignominiam,
Innumeros dolores,
Sudores et algores
Et mortem et haec propter me
Et pro me peccatore.
Cur igitur non amem Te
Mi Jesu amantissime,
Non ne aeternum damnes me
Nec ut in caelo salves me
Nec praemii ullius spe.
Sed sicut Tu amasti me
Sic amo et amabo Te,
Solum quia Rex meus es
Et solum quia Deus es.
(St. Francis Xavier +1552)
Sculpture by Rich Devine, S.J. My God, I love thee: not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor because they who love thee not
Must burn eternally.
Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me
Upon the Cross embrace;
For me didst bear the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace.
And grief and torments numberless,
And sweat of agony;
Yea, death itself; and all for me
Who was thine enemy.
Then why, O Blessed Jesu Christ,
Should I not love thee well??
Not for the hope of winning heaven,
Nor of escaping hell;
Not with the hope of gaining aught,
Not seeking a reward;
But as thyself hast loved me,
O ever-loving Lord!
E'en so I love thee and will love,
And in thy praise will sing,
Solely because thou art my God,
And my eternal King.
(St. Francis Xavier +1552)

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not count the cost;
to fight and not heed the wounds;
to toil and not seek for rest;
to labor and not ask for reward, except to know
that I am doing your will.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Sume et Suscipe

Sume, Domine, et suscipe
omnem meam libertatem,
meam memoriam,
meum intellectum,
et omnem voluntatem meam,
quidquid habeo et possideo:
tu mihi haec omnia dedisti,
tibi, Domine, ea restituo:
omnia sunt tua,
dispone de illis
pro omni voluntate tua.
Da mihi amorem tui et gratiam,
nam haec mihi sufficit.
Sculpture by Rich Devine, S.J.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Take and Receive

Take, Lord, and receive
all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will.
All I have and call my own.
Whatever I have or hold,
you have given me.
I restore it all to you
and surrender it wholly
to be governed by your will.
Give me only your love and grace
and I am rich enough
and ask for nothing more.

Francis Xavier's

An Act of Contrition

My God, I love you above all things
and I hate and detest with my whole soul
the sins by which I have offended you,
because they are displeasing in your sight,
who are supremely good and worthy to be loved.
I acknowledge that I should love you
with a love beyond all others,
and that I should try to prove this love to you.
I consider you in my mind as infinitely greater
than everything in the world,
no matter how precious or beautiful.
I therefore firmly and irrevocably resolve
never to consent to offend you
or do anything that may displease your sovereign goodness
and place me in danger of falling from your holy grace,
in which I am fully determined
to persevere to my dying breath. Amen

John Henry Newman (1833)

Lead, kindly Light

Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom,
lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
the distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
pride ruled my will: remember not past years!

So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
will lead me on.
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
the night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Veni Sancte Spiritus, et emite coelitus
lucis tua radium.
Veni, pater pauperum, veni, datur munerum,
veni, lumen cordium.
Consolatur optime, dulcis hospes anima,
dulce refrigerium,
In labore requies, in astu temperies,
in fletu solatium.
Oh, lux beatissima, reples cordi intima
tuorum fidelium.
Sine tuo nomine, nihil est in homini,
nihil est innoxium.
Lava quod est sordidum, riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium,
Flecto quod est rigidum, fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.
Da tuis fidelibus, in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium,
Da virtudes meritum, da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium.

Veni Sancte Spiritus

Sculpture by Rich Devine, S.J.
Come, Holy Spirit, and send out a ray
of your heavenly light.
Come, father of the poor, come, giver of gifts,
come, light of our hearts.
Come, kindly comforter, sweet guest of our soul
and sweet freshness.
Rest in hardship, moderation in the heat,
relief in pain!
O most blessed light, fill the innermost hearts
of those who believe in you.
Without your divine power there is nothing in man,
nothing that is harmless.
Wash what is unclean, water what is arid,
heal what is wounded.
Bend what is stiff, warm what is cold,
guide what has gone astry.
Give to those who believe in you and trust in you
your seven sacred gifts.
Give the reward of virtue, give the end of salvation,
give lasting happiness!

These are prayers of Jesuits. Feel free to use them for your own prayer or meditation!

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