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THE PRAYER
TO JESUS, OUR FRIEND,
(By St. Claude de la Colombière)


O Jesus! Thou art my true Friend, my only Friend.
Thou doth take a part in all my misfortunes;
Thou doth take them on Thyself;
thou doth know how to change them into blessings.
Thou doth listen to me with the greatest kindness
when I relate my troubles to Thee,
and thou hast always balm to pour on my wounds.
I find Thee at all times;
I find Thee everywhere;
Thou never goest away;
if I have to change my dwelling,
I find Thee wherever I go.

Thou art never weary of listening to me;
Thou art never tired of doing me good.
I am certain of being beloved by Thee if I love Thee;
my goods are nothing to Thee
and by bestowing Thine on me,
Thou never growest poor.
However miserable I may be,
no one more noble or learned or even holier can come between Thee and me,
and deprive me of Thy friendship;
and death which tears us away from all other friends,
will unite me for ever to Thee.

All the humiliations attached to old age
or to the loss of honor,
will never detach Thee from me.
On the contrary, I shall never enjoy Thee more fully,
and Thou will never be closer to me
than when everything seems to conspire against me,
to overwhelm me and to cast me down.
Thou doth bear with all my faults with extreme patience.

Even my want of fidelity and my ingratitude
do not wound Thee to such a degree
as to make Thee unwilling to receive me back when I return to Thee.

O Jesus! Grant that I may die praising Thee,
that I may die loving Thee,
that I may die for the love of Thee.

Amen.

Jesus, Help Me!

In every need let me come to Thee with humble trust, saying,
Jesus, help me!

In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations,
Jesus, help me!

In hours of loneliness, weariness and trials,
Jesus, help me!

In the failure of my plans and hopes; in disappointments, troubles and sorrows,
Jesus, help me!

When my heart is cast down by failure, at seeing no good come from my efforts,
Jesus, help me!

When others fail me, and Thy grace alone can assist me,
Jesus, help me!

When I throw myself on Thy tender love as Father and Savior,
Jesus, help me!

When I feel impatient, and my cross irritates me,
Jesus, help me!

When sickness and loneliness overcome me,
Jesus, help me!

Always, in weakness, falls and shortcomings of every kind,
Jesus, help me and never forsake me.



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