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The Daily Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day,
for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation
for sin, for the intentions of all my friends and associates,
and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen

Act of Faith

My God, I believe in You and all that You have taught,
because You have said it, and Your Word is true.

Act of Hope

I hope in Your promise of eternal life,
and I ask for Your mercy and strength this day.

Act of Charity

O my God, I love You with my whole heart and above all things,
because You are infinitely good and perfect;
and, I love my neighbor as myself for love of You.
Grant that I may love You more and more in this life,
and in the next eternity.

Lord, God Almighty, You have brought us safely
to the beginning of this day. Defend us today
by Your mighty power, that we may not fall into any sin,
but that all our words may so proceed and all our thoughts
and actions be so directed, as to be always just in Your sight.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, into Your hands, and into the hands of Your holy angels,
I commit and entrust this day, myself, my relatives, my
benefactors, my friends and enemies, and all Your Christian people.
By the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
and all Your saints, keep us this day from all evil and unruly desires,
from all sins and temptations of the devil, from sudden and unprovided death, and from the pains of hell. Enlighten my heart with the grace
of Your Holy Spirit. Grant that I may ever be obedient to Your commandments and never let me be separated from You. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer You everything I do this day: my work,
my prayers, my apostolic efforts; my time with family and friends;
my hours of relaxation; my difficulties, problems, distress which I shall try to bear with patience. Join these my gifts to the unique offering which Jesus Christ, Your Son, renews today in the Eucharist. Grant, I pray, that, vivified by the Holy Spirit and united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, my life this day may be of service to you and to your children and help consecrate the world to You. Amen.

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day. 
I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. 
I'm blessed because You are a forgiving and understanding God. 
You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. 
Forgive me this day for I have sinned.
I ask now for Your forgiveness. 
Keep me safe from all danger and harm.
Let me start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. 
Let me make the best of each and every day
and give my best in all that is put before me. 
Clear my mind that I can hear from You. 
Broaden my mind that I can accept all things. 
Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. 
Let me continue to see sin through God's eyes
and acknowledge it as evil. 
And when I sin, let me repent, and confess my wrong doing,
and receive the forgiveness of God. 
And when this world closes in on me,
let me remember Jesus' example ---
to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. 
It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. 
I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart.
Continue to use me to do your Will.
Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others.
Keep me strong that I may help the weak.
Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.
I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way.
I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood.
I pray for those who refuse to share a word from You.
I pray for those that will read this and not use this in their lives.
I pray for those that will delete this without sharing it with others.
I pray for those that don't believe.  But I believe.
I believe that God changes people and God changes things.
I pray for all my sisters and brothers.
This is my prayer; I pray in Jesus' name.

---submitted by Margaret Gilmore

A Blessing Prayer

This day is full of beauty and adventure, help me Lord to be fully alive to it all. During this day, may I become a more thoughtful person, a more prayerful person, a more generous and kindly person. Help me not to be turned in on myself but to be sensitive and helpful to others. Let me do nothing today that will hurt anyone, but let me help at least a little, to make life more pleasant for those I meet. When night comes, may I look back on this day without regrets; and may nobody be unhappy because of anything I have said or done or failed to do. Lord God, bless this day for me and all of us. Make it a day in which we grow a little more like your Son, and gentle as Mary His Mother. Amen

As I lift my heart this week in prayer, May God make me much more aware,
Of all the blessings He bestows, Of every living thing that grows,
Of air, and water, sky, and sea... And all the gifts He gives to me,
And as I lift my heart each day, May Jesus hear me as I pray.

God, let me spread a little cheer, Erase a doubt, cast out a fear,
Lend a prompt and willing hand, Be there to listen and understand.
Let me be filled with thoughtfulness, Love others more, My own self less,
And lighten hearts with a smile or a word... Too seldom given, too seldom heard. Amen.

Prayer for All Things Necessary to Salvation

I believe, Lord, but may I believe more firmly.
I hope, but may I hope more securely.
I love, but may I love more ardently.
I grieve, but may I grieve more deeply.

I adore you as my first beginning. I aspire after you as my last end.
I praise you as my perpetual benefactor. I invoke you as my merciful protector.

Direct me by your wisdom. Keep me in your grace.
Console me with your mercy. Protect me with your power.

I offer you, O Lord, my thoughts, that they may be about you;
my works, that they may be spoken for your glory;
my actions, that they may accord with your will;
my sufferings, that they may be accepted for your sake.

I desire whatever you desire. I desire it because you desire it.
I desire it insofar as you desire it. I desire it for as long as you desire it.

I pray, O Lord, that you will enlighten my mind,
inflame my will, cleanse my heart, and sanctify my soul.

May I repent of past sins, repel future temptations,
correct wicked tendencies, and cultivate virtuous ideals.

Good Lord, grant that I may love you, renounce myself,
do good to my neighbor, and be detached toward the world.

May I strive to obey my superiors, support my inferiors,
aid my friends, and spare my enemies.

Help me to overcome sensuality by self-denial, avarice by liberality,
anger by meekness, and tepidity by devotion.

Make me prudent in counsel, steadfast in danger,
patient in adversity, and humble in prosperity.

Grant, Lord, that I may be attentive at prayer, temperate at meals,
diligent at work, and constant in resolutions.

Let my conscience be upright, my outward appearance be modest,
my conversation be edifying, and my whole life be ordered.

Help me to labor to overcome nature, to cooperate with your grace,
to keep your commandments, and to further my salvation.

Teach me the futility of earthly things, the greatness of divine things,
the shortness of temporal things, and the length of eternal things.

Grant that I may be prepared for death, fear judgment,
avoid hell, and obtain paradise -- through Christ our Lord.

~Clement XI (1649-1721), Pope and Scholar

Morning Prayer

O my God, only you are God. Only you, only your holy and healing presence provide all I need to be happy and free. Help me to begin this day in silent adoration. Help me to know what I truly treasure and desire - and if it is not you, may I begin today to make you my heartīs desire. Help me to see and to judge everytghing by your divine light and love. Amen.

~By James E. Adams

To Our Lady

Dear and loving Mother Mary, keep me in your holy protection. Guard my mind, my heart, and my senses, that I may not be stained with sin. Sanctify my thoughts, affections, words and actions, that I may please you, and your Son Jesus, my God, and may reach heaven with you. Jesus and Mary, give me your holy blessing. Amen.

Morning Offering to Our Lady

O Mary, Mother of the Word Incarnate, and our own dearest Mother, we are here at your feet at the break of a new day--another great gift of the Lord. We put into your hands and into your heart our entire being. We are yours in will, in thought, in heart, in body. Dear Mary, with motherly kindness, form in us a new life this day, the life of your Jesus.

Accompany by your motherly inspiration, O Queen of Heaven, even our smallest actions, that all may be found pure and acceptable. in His sight. Make us holy, O good mother, holy as Jesus has commanded us to be, holy as your own heart asks and ardently desires us to be. Amen.

~~ from "Prayers for Today," published by Leaflet Missal Co.

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