as my life
and my energies decrease,
more than ever
hold me by Your Power,
that I may not offend You,
but daily increase in Your Love.
Give me strength
to work in Your Service
till the last day of my life.
Help me to ever have
an increasing dread of venial sin,
or whatever would cause
the slightest withdrawal of Your Love,
all day long,
and at night keep me close to Your Heart;
and should I die,
ere the morning breaks,
may I go rejoicing
in that vision of Your entrancing beauty,
never to be separated from You.
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy ... continue reading
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