Eternal God, author and sustainer of life,
help us to value all persons as being created in Your image and likeness.
Give us the grace, patience and mercy to be ardent listeners to Your voice in order to respond to Your call.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Let us ask the help of St. Michael the Archangel to defend us from the snares of the devil.