Prayer of Fr. Titus Brandsma, O. Carm.
Father Titus Brandsma was a Carmelite Priest who was an outspoken critic of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during World War II. Eventually he was imprisoned and later murdered by lethal injection in the Dachau concentration camp. This is a prayer he composed while in prison.
Before A Picture Of Jesus In My Cell
A new awareness of thy love
Encompasses my heart:
Sweet Jesus, I in Thee and Thou
in me shall never part.
No grief shall fall my way but I
Shall see thy grief filled eyes;
The lonely way that Thou once walked
Has made me sorrow-wise.
All trouble is a white-lit joy
That lights my darkest day;
Thy love has turned to brightest light
This night-like way.
If I have Thee alone,
the hours will bless
With still, cold hands of love
My utter loneliness.
Stay with me Jesus, Only stay;
I shall not fear
If, reaching out my hand,
I feel Thee near.
Meditation to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel - Be our constant hope.
Mary, perfect disciple of the Lord-make us also faithful to him.
Mary, flower of Carmel-fill us with your joy.
Virgin Mary, Beauty of Carmel-smile upon your family.
Sweet Mother of Carmel-accept me as your child.
Holy Mother beyond compare-remember your children forever. Holy Virgin, Star of the Sea - be our Beacon of Light.
Protecting Veil - shelter us in the mantle of your love.
Mary, conceived without sin-pray for us who have recourse to you.
by John O'Donohue
May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work that you do
with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in bland absences.
May the day never burden
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.