Preparation for Holy Communion
Tonight I bring my heart to You, my dearest
Jesus, to You I dedicate it. Unformed and
weak and timid, I place it at Your feet.
Oh! Lift it up, my dearest Lord; take it
to Yourself and form it. Make it strong to
do the good You ask of me. Make it bold to
resist the wrong, courageous to ignore the
criticism of those about me.
O my dear Lord, let this year be full of
progress, full of merit, full of good. Let
me be faithful to the inspirations that come
to me at every moment. Let me listen to Your
sweet voice that bids me keep back the impatient
word, the unkind look the selfish act.
I beg of You to grant that I may cause no
pain to anyone. Let my days be one long chaplet
of cheerful loving kindness. Let no word
of mine, no act, however small, wound the
heart of anyone.
Teach me, dearest Lord, to know You,
You. Let me, each day sacrifice something
of my ways, so that Your beautiful
may be gradually stamped upon me. May
ways become my ways; Your sweet and
words, my words; Your pure and noble
my thoughts; Your kind and tender acts,
acts, so that all in me may bear, little
by little, a stronger likeness to the
who in my heart will rest tomorrow
my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Let all in me bring joy and peace and happiness
to others. May no one be less good for having
come within my influence. May no one be less
pure, less true, less kind, less noble for
having been a fellow traveler in our journey
towards eternal life.
Good-night, my dearest Jesus. Bless me before
I go. Lay Your tender hand upon me, Your
child, who longs to be like her Lord. Come
to my heart tomorrow and fill it with Your
grace. Take away all that looks like sin,
that I may never pain You more, my own sweet
I love You now, but Oh! Increase my
so that all I do, or think, or say,
the mark of my Lord, my Friend, my
J. S. E., RABBONI: Heart to Heart Before
Cincinnati, Ohio: Ursuline Nuns, 1920.
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