La Retraite Prayer Life

Over this academic year, we will be preparing to celebrate the school's Feast Day of the Sacred Heart, and focusing on the quote by the Prophet Micah that forms a central part of the school's Mission Statement:

To act justly

To love mercy and

To walk humbly with God.

Each term, we will focus on one part of this quote. During the Autumn Term, we will focus on 'To act justly' and we will be reflecting on the following prayers in assemblies and during form time:

God of love and of life,

Let us take time to look deep within ourselves

To discover the gifts you have blessed us with.

May our education help us discover our strengths.

May our faith guide us in realising our gifts.

Help us serve others in the community

And in so doing build up your kingdom.

Amen

 

The Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields and,

Until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

- Anonymous

 

The Romero Prayer: A Step Along the Way

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

…It is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but we are workers, not master builders;

ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

 

St Ignatius of Loyola prayer

Teach us

Good Lord

To serve You as You deserve

To give and not to count the cost

To fight and not to heed the wounds

To toil and not to seek for rest

To labour and not to ask for any reward

Save that of knowing that we do your will

 

St Francis of Assisi’s Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love,

for it is in giving that one receives,

it is in self-forgetting that one finds,

it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,

it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

 

The Serenity Prayer

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,

Courage to change the things which should be changed,

and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,

Enjoying one moment at a time,

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,

Taking, as Jesus did,

This sinful world as it is,

Not as I would have it,

Trusting that You will make all things right,

If I surrender to Your will,

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,

And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

 

Twenty-Third Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters;

he restores my soul.

He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley

of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil;

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff--they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

forever

 

Our Advent Prayer: Hope

God of Hope, as we enter this season of Advent,

We pray that this time will be different.

This Christmas we will stop rushing,

We will breathe and take notice of You and your works in the world.

May we be mindful of our actions,

That they be peace-filled

And our words loving as Christ is in the world.

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