Prayers

Below are some of the prayers we have featured on Keeping Company. External sources have been credited as accurately as we can to our ability. You may use any of our prayers (the ones without bylines), provided that you cite the source as ‘Keeping Company’ with a link [www.keeping-company.com] to our site.

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Advent Prayer

– Sinead Goroncy (five years old), via PhilipChircop.com

Thank you, Lord, for the rainbows and the sky.
Thank you for stuff both inside and outside.
And thank you for Jesus, the Word growing in Mary’s tummy.

Keeping-Company.com

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Prayer for Looking Beyond the Visible

– Julie Cook, Cookie Crumbs to Live By

May we, may I,
Look beyond the visible surface of appearance, reaching out to those who yearn to be touched and loved and connected; to those who just wish to be sure of the companionship of another human being who recognizes that they too are human beings, longing for recognition and for the connection of a deep intrinsic bond – to touch and be touched; to love and be loved.

Amen, Amen

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Prayer for Vocations

– Prayed by the Faithful Companions of Jesus Sisters

Living God, we believe that you are calling many women to be Faithful Companions of Jesus. Give them the grace and courage to say ‘yes’ and to join us in serving you.
Enable us, with your grace and love, to say ‘yes’…to make sacrifices, to give our time and energy and to share our love and companionship with these women.
Today I offer you my [state the prayers, penances, sacrifices, actions you offer for vocations] that you may grand this prayer of ours.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, our faithful Companion. Amen.

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Prayer for Students

Keeping Company | FCJ Prayer for StudentsLoving God,

I ask to know your presence
In all that I do,
in all that I think,
and in all that I say.
Guide my hands, my eyes and my ears
In my writing, reading and listening.
Still my heart, calm my nerves
And inspire me through your Spirit.

With thanks for the gift of learning
And for the privilege of education
May I never forget
That no matter the outcome,
All the work I do is yours.

Amen.

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Prayer on Friendship

I thank you, loving God, for the gift of friends. It is a special ministry to which you call us, because through our friends, you have a face. Being a good friend doesn’t always come naturally, so I ask for the graces of humility, reverence and compassion to aid my loving intention, so as to bring good news to our world. Amen.

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A Gentle Reminder

Keeping-Company.com FCJ SistersWhen you pray you are not alone, you are part of a global community.

Sacred Space (Irish Jesuits)

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At the Beginning of the Day

– Adapted by John Veltri SJ

O God, I find myself at the beginning of another day,
I do not know what it will bring,
Please help me to be ready for whatever it may be.

If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.
If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.
If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.

I pray just for today,
for these twenty-four hours,
for the ability to cooperate with others
according to the way Jesus taught us to live.

“Your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
May these words that he taught us become more than words.

Please free my thinking and feelings
and the thinking and feelings of others,
from all forms of self-will,
self-centredness,
dishonesty,
and deception.

Along with my brothers and sisters, I need this freedom
to make my choices today according to your desires.

Send your Spirit to inspire us in time of doubt and indecision
so that, together, we can walk along your path.

Amen.Keeping-Company.com

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Who Did I Love Today, God?

– James Martin SJ

Who did I love today, God?
Who did you let me love?
Who did you call me to love?
Who was difficult to love?
Who loved me?

Thank you.

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Living Hope (Oklahoma Tornado Prayer)

– Adapted by FCJ Christian Life Centre (Calgary) from http://rev-o-lution.org

Mighty God,

You call us into action to be Living Hope for the world.  You have called us to love our neighbor as ourselves, to lift up those in need, through prayer and the sharing of our time, talents, finances, and our very selves.  Guide us in the best ways to be Living Hope for those who are heartbroken, for those who are mourning, for those who have lost everything. Help us to be Your servants, to be the Living Hope this world needs.  Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend, who gave His life for us and calls us to be the Hope for the World, we pray always.  Amen.

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A Mothers’ Day Prayer at the End of the Day

Geralyn Tan for Keeping Company

Lord,

It is the end of the day, and I am tired. Festivities and well wishes have worn me out! Yet I thank you for them and for the constant reminder to keep going, as great women do.

Marie Madeleine was one of these women, faithful to her vocation of motherhood. We read about that in her letters to her daughter-in-law. Though they lived in another town, and at times, in a different country, still she continued to look after them as she could, she continued to send them gifts and blessings and affection.

Today we remember all mothers, and all the men and women in our lives who hold a motherly role in our lives. Thank you for them, for their faithfulness and devotion. We pray especially for mothers-to-be, and for those who have lost a child, or are unable to have children. May compassion for one another grow, and may love like yours be our shared nourishment.

In the name of Jesus and his most Blessed Mother, we pray.

Amen.

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Prayer for the Cause for the Canonization of Venerable Marie Madeleine d’Houët (Prayer for Healing)

The cause for the canonisation of Marie Madeleine is underway.

FCJ Founder - Marie Madeleine D'Houet

The FCJ Sisters express:

We invite you to make Marie Madeleine your friend and turn to her in your needs. We suggest a prayer below that we FCJs pray daily, but please do not hesitate to talk to her in your own words. If you have particular requests for which you would like FCJ Sisters to join with you in prayer, please contact the general secretary.

Of course, if you have an experience of Marie Madeleine’s help, we would be delighted to share your joy. (Please refer to the Society web site for more information)

God, our Creator
Jesus, our Companion
Holy Spirit, Source of Wisdom

Marie Madeleine
believed in your power,
hoped in your promises
and lived for your
glory and service.

We ask her to pray with us for [n. …]

Through her prayer may your healing presence
be shown and your name glorified.

We make our prayer in the name of Jesus the Christ.

Amen.

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