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Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Shelter the Homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the Sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Correct the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Counsel the doubting
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Be patient with those in error
  • Forgive offenses
  • Pray for the living and the dead

Morning Prayers

Here are some of the prayers that the missionaries and associates pray each morning:

O Lord, I give myself to You.
I trust You wholly.
You are wiser than I.
More loving to me than I am to myself.
Fulfill Your high purpose in me,
whatever that be.
Work in me and through me.
I am born to serve You, to be Yours,
To be Your instrument.
I give my will to You.
I ask not to see. I ask not to know.
I ask simply to be one with You in love.
Amen.

-- St. John Henry Cardinal Newman

Morning Prayer

O Jesus, in union with your most precious blood
Poured out on the cross and offered in every Mass.
I offer you today my prayers, works, joys, sorrows and sufferings.
For the praise of your holy name
And all the desires of your sacred heart.
For reparation of sins,
The conversion of all sinners,
The union of all Christians,
And our final union with you in heaven.
Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit
That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit
That my work too may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit
That I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit
To defend all that is holy,
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit
That I always may be Holy.

-- St. Augustine

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.
Amen.

-- 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.

-- St. Ignatius of Loyola

Three Hail Marys - one for humility, one for purity of intention, and one for an increased love of God.

Hail Mary, full of grace
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.