Monday, January 28, 2008

Youth's Prayer for Fortitude

O Holy Spirit who descended upon the twelve as they stood in anxiety, come unto me in my youthful endeavors.  Banish from my heart all timidity and false pride; strengthen my soul to avoid all sin, to practice virtue, and to prefer ridicule to the denial of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Let not the goodness of purity, obedience and charity be obscured in the face of adversity.  Instill in me the virtue of Fortitude so that I may courageously profess and practice my holy Catholic faith.  Open my eyes, O Holy Spirit, that I may recognize my state in life.  Give me the confidence to embrace it and the strength to live it as a son of God.  I pray that Your guidance, protection and consolation may be with me now and throughout my life.  Amen.