Prayer Before a Crucifix # 3

O good and dearest Jesus,

I kneel before Your face.

With all my heart

I ask You

to place in my heart

more faith, hope and charity.

Give me a true sorrow for my sins

and a strong will to do better

With great sorrow and grief

I look upon your five wounds

and think about them.

Before my eyes are the words

that the prophet David said of You,

O good Jesus:

"They have pierced my hands and feet

They have numbered all my bones."


(By Saint Francis of Assisi.)

Great and glorious God, my Lord Jesus Christ!

I implore Thee to enlighten me

and to disperse the darkness of my soul.

Give me true faith, firm hope, and perfect charity.

Grant me, O Lord, to know Thee so well

that in all things I may act by Thy light

and in accordance with Thy holy will.


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