Against the 7 Deadly Sins:
Pride, Greed, Lust, Anger, Envy, Gluttony, Sloth
to Tantum Ergo
Prayer to God for Humility
O God, Who resists the proud and gives His grace to the humble, endow me with that true virtue of humility of which Your Divine Son gave us a living example. Let me never provoke You to anger by my pride, but make me always conscious of my lowliness and unworthiness and of my total dependence on You. Amen.
Prayer to Jesus for Humility
O my most humble Jesus, Who for love of me did humble Yourself and become obedient unto the death of the cross, how dare I appear before You and call myself Your follower when I see myself so proud that I cannot bear a single slight without resenting it! How, indeed, can I be proud, when by my sins I have so often deserved to be cast into the abyss of hell! O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, help me and make me like You.
You, for love of me, bore so many insults and injuries. I, for love of You, will bear slights and humiliations patiently. But You see, O Jesus, how proud I am in my thoughts, how disdainful in my words, how ambitious in my deeds. Grant me true humility of heart and a clear knowledge of my own nothingness. May I, for love of You, rejoice at being despised and feel no resentment when others are preferred before me. Let me not be filled with pride when I am praised, but seek only to be great in Your sight and to please You in all things. Amen.
BEHOLD ME, MOST MERCIFUL JESUS
Behold me, most merciful Jesus: a poor sinner; I cast myself at Thy sacred feet, penetrated with sorrow for my sins. Oh! let not pride any longer occupy my heart. How vain I am! How sensitive to the least humiliation! How anxious for the praise and esteem of men! How easily influenced by human respect! how many sins against charity I have committed through pride --- unkind words and actions, anger, hatred, jealousy, and revenge! let no pride any longer dominate and disturb the peace of my soul --- that soul, which Thou, my Savior, hast so tenderly loved and redeemed at so great a cost!
Cleanse my poor soul, O Jesus, from all offensive stains, and drown my imperfections in the boundless ocean of Thy mercy. My Jesus, mercy! Sweetest Jesus, grant me an increase of faith, hope, and charity; a contrite and humble heart. Amen.
To Obtain Detachment from Earthly Goods (against Greed)
O Jesus, Who chose a life of poverty and obscurity, grant me the grace to keep my heart detached from the transitory things of this world. Let it be that henceforth, You are my only treasure, for You are infinitely more precious than all others possessions. My heart is too solicitous for the vain and fleeting things of earth. Make me always mindful of Your warning words: "What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" Grant me the grace to keep Your holy example always before my eyes, that I may despise the nothingness of this world and make You the object of all my desires and affections. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph for Purity
Guardian of virgins and holy father St. Joseph, to whose faithful custody Christ Jesus, innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, were committed: I pray and beseech You, by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that being preserved from all impurity, I may with spotless mind, pure heart, and chaste body, ever most chastely serve Jesus and Mary all the days of my life. Amen.
Prayer to St. Aloysius for Purity
St. Aloysius, adorned with angelic virtues, I commend to you most earnestly the chastity of my mind and body. I pray you, by your angelic purity, commend me to the Immaculate Lamb, Jesus Christ, and to His most holy Mother, the Virgin of virgins, and to protect me from every grievous sins. Permit me not to defile myself by any spot of impurity; and when you see me in temptation or in danger of sin, banish far from my heart every unclean thought and desire. Awaken in me the thought of eternity and of Jesus Crucified; imprint deeply in my heart a lively sense of the holy fear of God; set me on fire with the love of God and grant me the grace to imitate you on earth, that I may enjoy the possession of God with you in heaven. Amen.
Prayer to Overcome Sloth and Lukewarmness
O my God, I know well that so negligent a life as mine cannot please You. I know that by my lukewarmness I have closed the door to the graces which You desire to bestow on me. O my God, do not reject me, as I deserve, but continue to be merciful toward me, and I will make great efforts to amend and to arise from this miserable state. In the future I will be more careful to overcome my passions and to follow Your inspirations; and never through slothfulness will I omit my duties, but will strive to fulfill them with greater diligence and fidelity. In short, I will from this time forward do all I can to please You, and will neglect nothing which I know to be pleasing to You.
Since You, O my Jesus, have been so liberal with Your graces toward me and have deigned to give Your Blood and Your Life for me, I am sorry for having acted with so little generosity towaqrd You, Who are worthy of all honor and all love. But, O my Jesus, You know my weakness. Help me with Your powerful grace; in You I confide.
O Immaculate Virgin Mary, help me to overcome myself and to become a saint. Amen.
Prayer of a Souls Enslaved by Bad Habits
Behold me, O my God, at Your Feet! I do not deserve mercy, but, O my Redeemer, the Blood which You had shed for me encourages and obliges me to hope for it. How often I have offended You, and yet I have again fallen into the same sin.
O my God, I wish to amend, and in order to be faithful to You, I will place all my confidence in You. I will, whenever I am tempted, instantly have recourse to You. Hitherto, I have trusted in my own promises and resolutions and have neglected to recommend myself to You in my temptations. This has been the cause of my repeated failures. From this day forward, O Lord, be my strength, and thus I shall be able to do all things, for "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me." Amen.
To Overcome Some Vice Such as Intemperance or Impurity
O God, Who broke the chains of blessed Peter the Apostle, and made him come forth unscathed, loose the bonds of Your servant, (name), held in captivity by the vice of (name it); and by the merits of the same Apostle, grant me/him/her to be delivered from its tyranny. Remove from my/his/her heart all excessive love for sensual pleasures and gratifications, so that living soberly, justly and piously, I/he/she may attain to everlasting life with You. Amen.
Against Evil Thoughts
Almighty and all-merciful God, look favorably upon our prayers and free our hearts from temptation to evil thoughts, that we may deserve to be accounted worthy dwelling places of the Holy Spirit. Shed upon our hearts the brightness of Your grace, that we may ever think thoughts worthy of Your majesty and pleasing to You, and ever sincerely love You. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for God's Graces
O my God, remember that moment when for the first time You poured Your grace into my heart, washing me of original sin that You might receive me into the number of Your children. O God, You Who are my Father, grant me in Your infinite mercy, through the merits and Blood of Jesus Christ, and through the sorrows of the holy Virgin Mary, the graces which You desire that I should receive this day for Your greater glory and my salvation.
O Heart of Love, I place all my trust in You; for though I fear all things from my own weakness, I hope all things from Your goodness.
O purest heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, obtain for me from Jesus a pure and humble heart. Amen.
The Seventeen Evidences of a Lack of Humility
1. To think that what one says or does is better than what others say or do
2. To always want to get your own way
3. To argue with stubbornness and bad manners whether you are right or wrong
4. To give your opinion when it has not been requested or when charity does not demand it
5. To look down on another's point of view
6. Not to look on your gifts and abilities as lent
7. Not to recognize that you are unworthy of all honors and esteem, not even of the earth you walk on and things you possess
8. To use yourself as an example in conversations
9. To speak badly of yourself so that others will think well of you or contradict you
10. To excuse yourself when you are corrected
11. To hide humiliating faults from your spiritual director, so that he will not change the impression he has of you
12. To take pleasure in praise and compliments
13. To be saddened because others are held in higher esteem
14. To refuse to perform inferior tasks
15. To seek to stand out
16. To refer in conversation to your honesty, genius, dexterity, or professional prestige
17. To be ashamed because you lack certain goods
~~ From the Writings of Bl. Josemaria Escriva
Catholic Apologist & Chastity Speaker
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