Save the afflicted;
have mercy on the lowly;
raise the fallen;
appear to the needy;
restore the wanderers;
feed the hungry;
ransom our prisoners;
raise the sick;
comfort the faint-hearted.
Clement of Rome(1st Century)
Be within me to strengthen me,
without me to preserve,
over me to shelter,
beneath to support,
before me to direct,
behind me to bring back,
round about me to fortify.
Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626)
O God, you are the light of the minds that know you,
the life of the souls that love you,
and the strength of the wills that serve you:
help me to know you that I may truly love you,
and so to love you that I may fully serve you,
whom to serve is perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love,
where there is injury, pardon
where there is doubt, faith,
where there is despair, hope,
where there is darkness, light,
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Francis od Assisi (1182-1226)
Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits thou hast given me,
for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly, day by day.
St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)
Grant me the Spirit of love
which does not want to be rewarded,
honoured or esteemed,
but only to become the blessing and happiness
of everything that wants it;
love which is the very joy of life,
and your own goodness and truth within the soul
William Law (1686-1761)