Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing that I do your will.
- Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556)
Oh God, I wish from now on to be the first to become conscious of all that the world loves, pursues, and suffers;
I want to be the first to seek, to sympathize and to suffer;
the first to unfold and sacrifice myself, to become more widely human and more nobly of the earth
than of any of the world’s servants.
Prayer for My Friends at Marquette
Lord, keep my friends open, caring, and funny. I enjoy being with them so much, just as you liked being with your friends, the Apostles. Sometimes my friends do things that hurt me, or they do damage to themselves or others. Forgive them, please, and keep them safe and healthy. Help me to contribute more to the vitality of my group of friends. Make all of us true followers of Christ; keep us lively and interesting. One day, make us all good servant-leaders and, if it is your will, parents, faithful and giving.
- Pierre Teillhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881–1955)
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve others throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.
- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997)