Editor’s Note: In his book, The School of Jesus Crucified, Father Ignatius of the Side of Jesus, Passionist, outlines 25 points as a “Practical Rule of Christian Life for Daily Observance”. We will publish one a day: “As soon as you are dressed, kneel down and say your prayers with the greatest possible devotion. You will be wanting in religious duty if you omit this practice, and such negligence is the fatal source of many misfortunes, and the cause of the loss of innumerable souls. If you defer the payment of this tribute to God, other occupations will intervene, and you will not be able to find time for fulfilling so important a duty.”
Prayer containing the Principle Acts Which a Christian Ought to Make
I BELIEVE, O Lord; but do Thou increase my faith. All my hopes are in Thee; do Thou secure them. I love Thee with my whole heart; teach me to love Thee daily more and more. I am sorry for having offended Thee; do Thou increase my sorrow.
O my God, grant that my will may be ever conformable to Thine, so that I may will whatever Thou willest, because it is Thy Will, and in the manner Thou willest. Grant that I may in everything seek to please Thee, and to promote Thy greater glory.
Grant that I may strenuously labor to serve Thee faithfully, to observe the greatest modesty in my deportment, preserve my purity unsullied, overcome every temptation, avoid all occasions of sin, and persevere in Thy grace.
To Thee, O my God, do I offer all my thoughts, that they may ever be wholly Thine; my words, that they may always be conformable to Thy Will; my actions, that they may all be in accordance with Thy law; and my sufferings, that they may be made acceptable in Thy sight.
I offer every breath I draw, every step I take, and all my labors, cares, anxieties, sorrows, weaknesses and feelings of repugnance to suffering, in union with the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, and the Dolors of the most Blessed Virgin Mary. I offer them all to Thee in honor of the Passion and Death of my Redeemer, in satisfaction for my sins, to obtain the eternal salvation of poor sinners, and by way of suffrage for the holy souls in Purgatory. (Often renew these intentions, and you will thus sanctify all the actions of the day.)
O my God, bestow upon me the gift of Thy love, a sincere hatred for every kind of sin, love for my neighbor, and a contempt of the world. Make me prudent in my undertakings, constant in good works, patient in affliction, humble in prosperity, and resigned to Thy holy Will in whatever may befall me.
Enlighten my understanding, in order that I may know Thee, O my God, to love Thee, the vanities of the world to abhor them, the deceits of the devil to avoid them, and the malice of sin to detest it. Impart strength and fervor to my will, so that it may never yield to any of the fatal insinuations of the devil, but may courageously resist all temptations. Purify my body, and sanctify my soul.
Grant that I may spend this day in preparing for a good death, that I may fear Thy judgments, endeavor to escape Hell, never fall into sin, and gain Heaven through Thy great mercy. Amen.