Il sonno dell’infanzia e della vecchiaia, by Marie-Guillemine Benoist, 18th or 19th century
“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in His own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”
Prayer for Respect of Life
the beauty and dignity of human life
was the crowning of your creation.
You further ennobled that life
when your Son became one with us in his incarnation.
Help us to realize the sacredness of human life
and to respect it from the moment of conception
until the last moment at death.
Give us courage to speak with truth
and love and with conviction in defense of life.
Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness
to those who do not reverence your gift of life.
To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed
to be grateful for your precious gift of life
or to respect it in others.
We ask this in Jesus’ Name.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as St. Therese of the Child Jesus or “The Little Flower”
Prayer of Saint Therese
of the Child Jesus
Praise to God
My Lord and my God
I have realized that whoever
undertakes to do anything
for the sake of earthly things
or to earn the praise of others
Today one thing pleases the world,
What is praised on one occasion
is denounced on another.
Blessed be You,
my Lord and my God,
for You are unchangeable for all eternity.
Whoever serves You faithfully to the end
will enjoy life without end in eternity.
Saint Jerome, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1st half of 17th century
Prayer of Saint Jerome for Christ’s Mercy
O Lord, show Your mercy to me
and gladden my heart.
I am like the man on the way to Jericho
who was overtaken by robbers,
wounded and left for dead.
O Good Samaritan,
come to my aid.
I am like the sheep that went astray.
O Good Shepherd,
seek me out and bring me home
in accord with Your will.
Let me dwell in Your house
all the days of my life
and praise You for ever and ever
with those who are there.