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My time in Adoration this early morning and a prayer by St. Alphonsus Mary Liguori

Monday, December 27, 2004
I had one of the best Holy Hours this morning while I was at Church between 2:40 am and 4:30 am. I really wanted to stay much longer but I started coughing in the last 10-15 minutes and I think that it was distracting to the next guy that was praying. I hope I can get much of the things done today I need to do so that I can go back over for a unscheduled hour around the time that I pray Vespers. It is always amazing (and maybe should not be) that everytime I leave I am filled with such peace and love and also everytime the other graces that I experiance while there are different (I guess according to my needs). This is one of the prayers that I prayed while in Holy Hour besides time to just listen and sit (kneel) with Our Loving Sweet Lord. I pray you have a wonderful day filled with Our Lord Jesus and beneath the loving protection of Mary. Please find a Blessed Sacrament chapel near you and make a Holy Hour of your own- you will not regret it. In a previous posting from a couple months ago I listed the Church's that have Adoration in Minnesota and a link to find Perteptual Adoration in other states and countries. God love you!

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Eternal Father, thy Son has promised that thou wilt grant us all the graces for which we ask thee in his name. In the name, therefore, and by the merits of Jesus Christ, I ask the following graces for myself and for all mankind.

First, I pray thee to give me a lively faith in all that the holy Roman Church teaches me. Enlighten me also that I may know the vanity of the goods of this world and the immensity of the infinite good that thou art. Make me also see the deformity of the sins I have committed, that I may humble myself and detest them as I should, and on the other hand show me how worthy thou art because of thy goodness, that I should love thee with all my heart. Make me know also the love thou hast borne me, that from this day forward I may try to be grateful for so much goodness.

Secondly, give me a firm confidence of receiving thy merciful pardon for my sins, holy perseverance, and finally, the glory of heaven, through the merits of Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary.

Thirdly, give me a great love of thee, which shall detach from the love of this world and of myself, so that I may love none other but thee and may neither do nor desire anything else but what is for thy glory.

Fourthly, I beg of thee a perfect resignation to thy will, in accepting with tranquility sorrows, infirmities, contempt, persecutions, aridity of spirit, loss of property, of esteem, of relations, and every other cross which shall come to me from thy hands. I offer myself entirely to thee, that thou mayest do with me and all that belongs to me what thou pleasest. Do thou only give me light and strength to do thy will, and especially at the hour of death help me to sacrifice my life to thee with all the affection I am capable of, in union with the sacrifice which thy Son Jesus Christ made of his life on the cross on Calvary.

Fifthly, I beg of thee a great sorrow for my sins, which may make me grieve over them as long as I live and weep for the insults I have offered thee, the sovereign good who art worthy of infinite love and who hast loved me so much.

Sixthly, I pray thee to give me the spirit of true humility and meekness, that I may accept with peace and even with joy all the contempt, ingratitude and ill-treatment I may receive. At the same time I also pray thee to give me perfect charity, which shall make me wish well to those who have done evil to me, and to do what good I can, at least by praying, for those who have in any way injured me.

Seventhly, I beg thee to give me love for the virtue of holy mortification, by which I may chastise my rebellious senses and cross my self-love; at the same time I beg thee to give me holy purity of body and the grace to resist all bad temptations, by always having recourse to thee and thy most holy mother.

Give me grace faithfully to obey my spiritual father and all my superiors in all things. Give me an upright intention, that in all I desire and do I may seek only thy glory and to please thee alone. Give me a great confidence in the Passion of Jesus Christ and in the intercession of Mary immaculate. Give me a great love for the sacrament of the altar and a tender devotion and love to thy holy mother. Give me, I pray thee, above all, holy perseverance and the grace always to pray for it, especially in time of temptation and at the hour of death.

Lastly, I recommend to thee the holy souls of purgatory, my relations and benefactors, and in a special manner I recommend to thee all those who hate me or who have in any way offended me; I beg thee to render them good for the evil they have done or may wish to do me. I recommend to thee all infidels, heretics, and all poor sinners; give them light and strength to deliver themselves from sin.

O most loving God, make thyself known and loved by all, but especially by those who have been more ungrateful to thee than others, so that by thy goodness I may come one day to sing thy mercies in heaven, for my hope is in the merits of thy blood and in the patronage of Mary. Mary, mother of God, pray to Jesus for me. So I hope. So may it be.
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