My Body

O my God, thou who hast given me a body to keep pure and clean and healthy for thy service and my eternal happiness, forgive me for all my unfaithfulness in this great responsibility. Forgive me for every mean use which I have made of thy gifts in thought, word or deed since my rebirth as Thine own adopted child in Baptism and my registration as a soldier of Jesus on the day of my Confirmation.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and give me a steadfast will that I may be a strength to others around me. Teach me to reverence my body and the bodies of my fellow creatures. Help me to see the glory of perfect manhood in Jesus Christ and of perfect womanhood in Mary Immaculate. Inspire me with such love for the ideals for which our Savior lived and died, that all my passions and energies will be caught up into the enthusiasm of His service and evil things will lose their power. May my body be the servant of my soul, and may both body and soul be Thy servants, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (1)

Prayer for Chaste Love and Purity
I pray that I can see myself as you see me.
Give me the strength and courage I need to accept myself and the values which I have learned
and which I believe have come from your hand.

May a deep love of, respect for and service to others
be the source of any pleasure that I seek
or that is put before me.

I would prefer not to be tested at all,
but I ask now for the gift to be open to your grace
when I am most in need of your strength and your love.

I want to be mindful of all men and women
who struggle with the frustration and pain of superficial, physical pleasures.
I ask for humility,
that I may share my struggle and hope in You
and that I can support those who experience the same difficulties.

Teach me your gentleness and your love.

With confidence,
I ask this through you Son, Jesus,
prompted by the guidance of your Holy Spirit.

-Reverend David Schimmel, S.C.J. (2)
For Those who Suffer Sexual Confusion
Jesus, I don't want to yearn for the "good old days." But it must have been quite a bit different when you walked among us. Today there are so many voices screaming at us. "If it feels good, do it." "Why not, as long as I'm not hurting anyone?" The selfishness of sex, stripped of love, invites us to act as macho, gay, or hedonist. Your gift of sexuality as the great sign and symbol of love, is being cheapened.

It is all so confusing. I'm being pulled every which way. I know that to be human is to have tension. Just don't let me be pulled apart. And never let me forget that "Love is not self-seeking." (I Cor 13) Amen (3)

Blessing for a Bedroom
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Bless this bedroom, Lord, so that all who live in it may remain firm in Your peace and persevere in Your will. May they live a long life and have children for many days to come, and finally arrive at the kingdom of heaven through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

(Sprinkle with holy water.) (4)

Prayer to St. Joseph for Purity

O Blessed Saint Joseph, faithful guardian and protector of virgins, to whom God entrusted Jesus and Mary, I implore you by the love which you did bear them, to preserve me from every defilement of soul and body, that I may always serve them in holiness and purity of love. Amen. (5)

  1. From the New Revised Triple Novena Manual of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, by Father Stedman. (New York: Confraternity of the Precious Blood, 1975) 111-112.
  2. From Prayers for a New Day, the Official Prayer Book fo the Sacred Heart League, by Reverend Stephen C. Doyle, O.F.M. (Walls, MS: Sacred Heart League) 72.
  3. Ibid 75.
  4. "Blessing for a Bedroom" from the Catholic Prayers page.
  5. "Prayer to Saint Joseph" from the Catholic Prayers page.

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