strengthen my faith

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My God, I believe in you, but strengthen my faith.
All my hopes are in you, but do protect them.
I love you, but teach me to love you daily more and more.
I am sorry that I have offended you, but increase my sorrow.

I adore you as my first beginning
   and I aspire after you as my last end.
I give you thanks as my constant benefactor,
   and I call upon you as my supreme protector.

Grant, my God, to conduct me by your wisdom,
   to control me by your justice,
   to comfort me by your mercy,
   to defend me by your power.

I desire to consecrate to you all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings,
   that from now on I may think of you, speak of you,
   refer all my actions to your greater glory,
   and suffer willingly whatever you shall bring into my life.

Lord, I desire that in all things your will may be done
   in the way that you will, because it is your will.
I beg you to enlighten my understanding, to inflame my will,
   to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul.

Richard Challoner, 1691 –  1781, English Roman Catholic Bishop


What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

One thought on “strengthen my faith

  1. Brother Richard knew how to pray and seek God for his whole being. This prayer has great depth and covers the range of our mind, body, and soul.


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