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Prayer for Guidance

Father, I have knowledge, so will You show me now how to use it wisely and find a way somehow to make the world I live in a better place, and make life with its problems a bit easier to face?  

 

Grant me faith and courage and put purpose in my days, and show me how to serve Thee in the most effective ways, so all my education, my knowledge and my skill, may find their true fulfilment as I learn to do Your will.  

 

And may I ever be aware in everything I do, that knowledge comes from learning, and wisdom comes from You.

 

Student Prayer

Lord help me to study hard, to do my best always, so I can achieve what I am capable of according to the talents and ability you have given me.  

Guide me along the right path, because I know that following your Will is what will make me happiest in life.  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen

Prayer for when you’re confused

Lord Jesus, I’m really confused.  I really don’t know why And I don’t know what to do and I can’t help the way I feel.  So I’m coming to You.  Lord Jesus, speak a Word to scatter the darkness in my mind and heart.  Burn away the clouds of uncertainty.  Shed a ray of Your Divine Light with its healing rays to set me straight.  Jesus, I trust in You!

Prayer in difficult moments

 

Lord, sometimes I find it hard to believe that you are a loving Father.  Someone close to me dies or becomes seriously ill.  A senseless tragedy occurs.  Children starve.   The poor and aged are ignored.  

People are hated because of their colour, beliefs, birthplace.  When these things happen, I want to know why Lord.  But you never answer.  And I, in darkness of faith and trust in you, can only accept.

It’s a lot like the way parents must treat their young children.   They don’t explain fire or pain to their toddler.   They simply keep the child from going close, touching the fire.  From my limited point of view, I cannot hope to understand the enormous mysteries of life.  I can try to approach them with love and compassion.  I can try to lessen, at least a little, the pain and suffering about me.  Lord, help me to do this.  Amen.

Prayer for my Friends

Jesus, I thank you for my friends.  I ask your blessing on my friends today.  Show them your great love for them, and if any are struggling or lonely, hurting or broken in any way, care for their needs and comfort them as only you can.  Give me the graces I need to be a good friend – open and trusting, caring and giving.  Help me to see my friends with your eyes, so I can see when they are hurting on the inside even though they don’t show it on the outside.  And most of all, give me your heart and your love for my friends so that I could love them as you do.

(Fr Stan Fortuna, CFR)

A Prayer for

my Future Husband

Loving Father, if I am called to the sacramental life of matrimony, hear my prayer now for the person who will be my spouse.  Be with him today and every day.  Help him through the challenges of becoming an adult and send my support in prayer through any difficulties.  In this way, may I genuinely love this person even before we meet.  I ask for help ahead of time to be respectful and honourable when we meet and begin a relationship.  I ask for help ahead of time to be faithful, supportive, strong, and as loving as I can be when we are married.  If I am privileged to help create new human beings, I pray today for my children.  You exist outside of time, and you know who they will be, so I can pray for them now.  Help me to do everything I can now to become the best parent I can be for them, from the day they are born to the day you call me home to heaven.  Amen

 

A Prayer for

my Future Wife

Loving Father, if I am called to the sacramental life of matrimony, hear my prayer now for the person who will be my spouse.  Be with her today and every day.  Help her through the challenges of becoming an adult and send my support in prayer through any difficulties.  In this way, may I genuinely love this person even before we meet.  I ask for help ahead of time to be respectful and honourable when we meet and begin a relationship.  I ask for help ahead of time to be faithful, supportive, strong, and as loving as I can be when we are married.  If I am privileged to help create new human beings, I pray today for my children.  You exist outside of time, and you know who they will be, so I can pray for them now.  Help me to do everything I can now to become the best parent I can be for them, from the day they are born to the day you call me home to heaven.  Amen

 

Examination of Conscience for Young People:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.  I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD, DO NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME.

Do I love God and give Him His rightful place in my life? Have I forgotten or been too caught up with myself to pray? Have I consulted tarot cards, horoscopes, dabbled in the occult?

 

II.  DO NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD IN VAIN

Have I spoken disrespectfully of God or of Jesus? Have I a habit of bad language? Do I misuse the Holy Name?

 

III.  KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH DAY:

Have I neglected to attend Mass on Sunday or Saturday night maybe because very few of my friends go? Have I been careless at Mass, by not listening or distracting others?  

 

IV.  HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER:

How do I behave towards my parents, brothers or sisters? Have I thought only of my own needs and not thought about needs of others: by going out instead of helping at home; by keeping things for myself instead of sharing them with others? Have I shown disrespect for those with authority over me by disobeying my parents, guardians, teachers.....?  Do I make unreasonable demands on your parents for clothes or money?

 

V. DO NOT KILL:

Do I respect other people? Have I hurt or bullied other people? Do I hold grudges? Have I been unjust? Have I dabbled in any way in drugs? Have I placed myself or others in danger because of irresponsible use of alcohol or drugs? Do I drive recklessly, endangering myself or others–or encourage others to do so? Have I been violent in action or speech?

 

VI.  DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY / IX.  DO NOT DESIRE YOUR NEIGHBOUR’S WIFE.

Am I guilty of any sexual misbehaviour in thoughts, words or actions? Have I viewed material offensive to the proper respect of sexuality? Have I taken part in conversations that degrade the gift of sexuality or sanctity of marriage?

 

VII.  DO NOT STEAL:

Have I taken or damaged things that didn’t belong to me? Have I given bad example? Have I taken more than my fair share of something that should have been divided among others? Am I lazy?

 

VIII.  DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOUR

Have I told lies? Have I spread rumours about another person? Have I used disrespectful language when talking to or about another person? Have I tried to get my own back on another? Am I envious of others? Do I resent their popularity or success? Do I feel I have to put others down in order to feel better about myself?  Do I ignore or avoid certain people in order to be part of the popular crowd?

 

X.  DO NOT DESIRE YOUR NEIGHBOUR’S GOODS

Am I happy to be myself? Am I a grateful person or am I a jealous or envious person? Have I misused or refused to use the gifts and talents that I have been given? Do I accept myself as I am? Do I put too much emphasis on material gain in life?

 

In this sacrament, God forgives those who are sorry and He is grateful for all the good efforts we are making.  We must also learn to forgive ourselves and to keep making the effort to be good.  Open your heart!  What have you got to lose?  

Don’t waste this opportunity presented to you to receive the gift of real joy and peace that you deserve!

 

OH MY GOD, I THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME.  

I AM SORRY FOR ALL MY SINS, FOR NOT LOVING OTHERS AND NOT LOVING YOU.  HELP ME TO LIVE LIKE JESUS AND NOT SIN AGAIN

 

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Prayers for Young People

Lord, help me to remember that

nothing is going to happen today

that You and I together can’t handle.

 

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Young person’s prayer

Here I am Lord, standing at the crossroads of my life, The time has come for me to choose the road which leads to you.  I hesitate for fear of what lies ahead of me, for I am much afraid of the unknown.  

Take my hand in yours and walk with me for the road is long and there are no shortcuts.  

I place myself into your hands.

You know the way.

You are the Way.

 

Exam Prayers

 

Come Holy Spirit, enlighten and guide me, and fill my heart with peace.  Take away any doubt or worry that surrounds me today.  Help me to understand the questions being asked of me and inspire me with the words to express myself well.  Guide the beginning of my work, the preparation and the planning; direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion.  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord, calm my fear at exam time.  Help my strained memory in times of doubt.  Help my tired hand write it all down.  Let the work I have done stand to me today.  Do not allow what remains undone to undermine my courage.  Help me to make the best of my knowledge.  You have a loving plan for my whole life.  Whatever the outcome, exams are a part of this.  Let Your will be done, and may all I do lead to you.  Amen

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