Prayer to Saint Peter

This is a beautiful prayer:

O Holy Apostle, because you are the Rock upon which Almighty God has built His Church, obtain for me I pray you: lively faith, firm hope, and burning love, complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, recollection in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be made worthy to appear before the Chief and Eternal Shepherd of Souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns forever. Amen.

I am slowly discovering the worth of recited and repeated prayers. More than merely asking for things, these are little liturgies in a sense, training and serving our souls in attentiveness toward God so that we might become saints. A prayer like the one above is, in this particular prayer, a calling out to God via Peter, but it is also an education, an encouragement for the soul to hold fast to what it knows is true in the midst of a fallen world.

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