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Catholic prayers and reflections

Prayers and reflections for the dying

Prayer and reflection is at the heart of Catholic experience, in life and death.

The following may provide hope, encouragement, and perhaps a source of deeper and further understanding as death draws closer.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone is enough.
St. Teresa of Ávila

Prayer of Surrender

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
My memory, my understanding
And my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.
Amen.
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Healing Prayer of Surrender

Dear Lord Jesus, it is my will to surrender to you everything that I am and everything that I’m striving to be. I open the deepest recesses of my heart and invite your Holy Spirit to dwell inside of me.

I release everything into your compassionate care. Please speak to me clearly, Lord. Open my ears to hear your voice. Open my heart to commune with you more deeply. I want to feel your loving embrace. Open the doors that need to be opened and close the doors that need to be closed. Please set my feet upon the straight and narrow road that leads to everlasting life.

Amen.

Prayer of Abandonment

Father,
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.
Amen.
Charles de Foucauld

Free Me

Bestow upon me Your wisdom.
Oh Lord, give me Your grace,
as I await Your kingdom.
Let Your Face glow upon my eyes
so that I might see You clearly.
Bring me life, Lord,
so that I may serve You.
I do not know how to approach You.
Teach me, Lord,
so that I may know You.
Free me, Oh Lord,
so that I may be with You.

Inspiring quotes from Catholic Saints:

“A humble soul does not trust itself, but places all its confidence in God.”
St. Faustina

“Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of faith is to see what you believe.”
St. Augustine of Hippo

“Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in You.”
St. Augustine of Hippo

“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be – and becoming that person.”
St. Thérèse of Lisieux

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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