Prepare my lips, oh Lord

Father, You gave me your beautiful words during my prayers with You, today at Mass. Help me now, 24 hours hence, to recall them, I pray, and to lift them up to Your glory. Amen.

God our Father in Heaven, lean close and beckon to me, that I might lift my heart to You. Let it brush, if only for a moment, the divinity of Your Holy Spirit.

Lift my mind, Father, that I might know Your majesty and come to understand all the ways You act in my life as You bless each moment with Your unfailing love for me.

Lift my eyes, Lord, that I may feast those hungry orbs upon Your beautiful face and be nourished by even a brief gaze returned.

Lift my face to You, Holy Lord, and with the fiery ember of Your passion, touch my tongue. Refine it, that the words that escape my mouth offer only praise to Your holy name.

Prepare my lips, Holy Lord, purify them, make them chaste and worthy, at the last, of Your holy kiss at the marriage feast of the Lamb.

Soften my heart

Soften my heart, Lord, that I might love you more.

Heal its wounds, left so long unattended;
Massage deep with the holy oil of Your love,
The scars, grown hard and brittle,
The scars, which have so long offended
Against Your Holy Will.

Open my eyes, Lord,
That I might see Your glory in all things.
Heal their blindness
That I might recognize my sin.
Open my ears, Lord,
That I might hear Your words whispering,
‘Begin, Again and Again.’

Sanctify my body from the inside out, Holy Father,
That Your Will might be fulfilled in me.
Take my heart and form it to Your own, Lord,
Until it finds rest in Thee.