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“Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of You,
Let my first impulse be to worship You,
Let my first speech be Your name,
Let my first action be to kneel before You in prayer.
For Your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness:
For the love with which You love mankind;
For the love with which You love me;
For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life;
For the indwelling of Your Spirit in my heart;
For the sevenfold gifts of Your Spirit;
I praise and worship You, O Lord.
Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said,
Think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You.
Rather from these moments of quietness, let light go forth, and joy and power that will remain with me through all the hours of the day,
Keeping me chaste in thought;
Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech;
Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work;
Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself;
Keeping me honorable and generous in my dealing with others;
Keeping me loyal to every hallowed memory of the past;
Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of Yours.
Through Jesus Christ my Lord.
John Baillie ( 1886-1960)
Jean Wise says
I am also using this prayer each morning this week. I pray it forms you in Christ also.
Holly@A Life-Size Catholic Blog says
Such a great quote/prayer! I think I’ll adopt it for my morning prayers next week. Thanks for posting it.
GLENDA CHILDERS says
Keep me mindful of my eternal destiny . . . hmm . . . if I really remembered this, it would take care of most things, eh?
Another good quote. I like his point that after time with Him, asking that “joy and power that will remain with me through all the hours of the day.”