Prayer to St. John Baptist de la Salle, Patron of Educators
Founder of the Congregation of the Brothers of Christian Schools,
orthodox and prayerful theologian, you realized the very great
value of competent Christian educators.
How great your wholesome influence has been! Make your followers continue to be Christlike models for all their students who in turn will edify others. Amen.
feast day: April 7
Read St. John's biography in the Catholic Online Saints Index.
A Prayer of Teachers
Jesus Christ, imbue me with the knowledge of both secular and
religious subjects that is necessary to my task on earth. Let me
be equipped with suitable qualifications and also with a
pedagogical skill that is in harmony with the discoveries of the
Help me to be closely united with my students by the bond of love, and work in partnership with their parents to stimulate the students to act for themselves.
Even after their graduation, let me continue to assist them
with advice and friendship.
Bestow on me an apostolic spirit to bear witness, both by life and by instruction,
to the unique Teacher---You, Jesus Christ. Amen.
want to teach my students how to live this life on earth,
to face its struggles and its strife and worth.
Not just the lesson in a book or how the rivers flow,
but how to choose the proper path wherever they may go.
To understand eternal truth and know right from wrong,
and gather all the beauty of a flower and a song.
For if I help the world to grow in wisdom and in grace,
then I shall feel that I have won and I have filled my place.
And so I ask Your guidance, God, that I may do my part
for character and confidence and happiness of heart.
Prayer for Students
Eternal Father, through the Gifts and Fruits of Your Holy Spirit, enlighten and perfect my intellect, will and affections that in all things I may be what Your Divine Wisdom intended me to be, a bearer of Christ to all. Illuminate my intellect with faith; strengthen my will with hope; and inflame my heart with Your Divine Love. Create in me Christlike ideals, attitudes, appreciations, and habits that will enable me to think, judge, and act so as to be like Your Immaculate Mother, a bearer of Christ to all.
Give me the necessary skills to earn an honest living; justice to regulate my will in respecting the rights of others; temperance to control my desires; and fortitude to defend and practice Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Life, thus being like St. Joseph, a bearer of Christ to all. Teach me to be modest in regard to myself and others; to be joyfully respectful and obedient to my parents, teachers, ecclesiastical and civil authorities. Thus, by Your Grace, will I grow in the stature of Christ, in wisdom and age, and be a bearer of Him to all.
Most Holy Trinity, make me realize that I cannot live without the life of grace that comes through frequent reception of the sacraments, through my offering with the Priest of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, through my daily prayers and through sacrifices on my part. Only through Your grace will I put on the image of Christ so that through Him, with Him, and in Him, I shall advance the Peace of Christ to all my brothers and sisters. Amen.
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