PRAYER FOR CONVERSION
| O God, Framer of the universe, grant me
first rightly to invoke Thee; then to show myself worthy to be
heard by Thee; lastly, deign to set me free. God, through whom
all things which of themselves were not, tend to be. God, who
out of nothing hast created this world, which the eyes of all
perceive to be most beautiful. God, the Father of truth, the
Father of wisdom, the Father of the true and crowning life, the
Father of blessedness, the Father of that which is good and fair,
the Father of intelligible light, the Father of our awakening
and illumination, the Father of the pledge by which we are admonished
to return to Thee.
| God, from whom
to be turned away, is to fall: to whom to be turned back, is
to rise again: in whom to abide, is to stand firm. God, from
whom to go forth, is to die: to whom to return, is to revive:
in whom to have our dwelling, is to live. God, whom no one loses,
unless deceived: whom no one seeks, unless stirred up: whom no
one finds, unless made pure. God, by whom we distinguish good
from ill. God, by whom we flee evil, and follow good. God, who
leadest us to the door of life. God, who causest it to be opened
to them that knock. God, who givest us the bread of life. God,
who cleansest us, and preparest us for Divine rewards, come graciously
to me. Thou the only God, come unto my help. God, whom all things
serve, that serve, to whom is compliant every virtuous soul.
|| By whose laws the poles revolve, the stars
fulfill their courses, the sun enlivens the day, the moon tempers
the night: and all the framework of things, day after day by
turns of light and gloom, month after month by waxings and wanings
of the moon, year after year by unceasing order of spring and
summer and fall and winter, and through the mighty orbs of time,
folding and refolding upon themselves, as the stars still recur
to their first conjunctions, maintains, so far as mere visible
matter allows, the mighty constancy of things. God, by whose
laws the choice of the soul is free, and to the good rewards
and to the evil pains are distributed by necessities settled
throughout all natures.
|Who hast made
man after Thine image and likeness, as he who has come to know
| Hear me, hear me, graciously hear me, my
God, my Lord, my King, my Father, my Cause, my Hope, my Wealth,
my Honor, my House, my Country, my Health, my Light, my Life.
Hear, hear, hear me graciously, in that way, all Thine own, which
though known to few is to those few known so well. Henceforth
Thee alone do I love, Thee alone I follow, Thee alone I seek,
Thee alone am I prepared to serve, for Thou alone art rightly
Lord, and of Thy lordship I desire to be. Direct, I pray, and
command whatever Thou wilt, but heal and open my ears, that I
may hear Thine utterances. Heal and open my eyes, that I may
behold the signs of thy command. Drive delusion from me, that
I may recognize Thee. O Lord, most merciful Father receive, I
pray, Thy fugitive; enough already, surely, have I been punished,
long enough have I served Thine enemies, whom Thou hast under
Thy feet, long enough has error had its way with me. To Thee
I feel I must return: I knock; may Thy door be opened to me;
teach me the way to Thee.
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned
against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend,
with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever
leads me to sin. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died
for us. In His name, my God have mercy.
Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. Lord Jesus
Christ, come into my heart and take all my sins away from me.