a Man's Part
By Rev. Bro. G.B. Sherriff
"Courage and a man's part is what I
ask of you. . . . No room for doubt
or shrinking back, when the Lord your God is at your side wherever you
- (Joshua l. V. 9.)
Cover Picture of two wounded Anzacs helping each other across a
flooded New Guinea stream is from "The Eyes of Damien Parer" by Frank
Courage and patience are required to live really Christ-like lives in
modern society - courage, derived from a firm belief in God, realizing
His Infinite Power and His promise of assistance, - and patience with
ourselves and with others.
"Courage and a Man's part" is
an attempt to encourage our youth to
Christ into the modern world by their own positive influence for good,
because their own lives are built on a strong faith. great trust in God
and real Christ-like charity.
This booklet takes it for granted that
young Catholic people will be
willing to spend five minutes daily thinking about the things that
really matter so that, knowing Christ better themselves, they will help
to make Him known to the world around them.
To devote a few minutes each day to spiritual thinking is invaluable to
the active teenager. To quote from a Doctor, "For those who have heavy
responsibilities, the value of a time for quiet thought is inestimable.
It gives a sense of confidence that breeds tranquility of mind and
certainty of action. This is not a mere counsel for moral betterment.
It is medical advice of a practical nature."
"Courage and a Man's Part" is
dedicated to those pioneer Priests,
Brothers, Nuns and Lay-people who brought the faith to Australia, and
with this dedication goes a humble prayer to Our Lady, Help of
Christians - The Madonna of the Anzacs - begging her to inspire our
youth to do and to dare big things for Christ and Australia.
-Rev. Bro. G. B. Sherriff.
1965 A.C.T.S. (No. 1457)
The first Russian Sputnik was
indirectly responsible for a great many things, including an increase
in the popular knowledge of Astronomy and the laws governing the
wonders of God's universe.
I am living in an exciting age . . . Modern scientific discoveries make
me realize the vastness of the heavens and the beauty of the universe,
hence Your infinite power . . . Astronomers tell us the universe is so
vast, that there are stars that will not be visible to man for ages to
come . . . such is Your power, Omnipotent God . . . Father almighty,
make me realize that You are the Lord of Lords, infinitely powerful,
loving and wise . . . that You are the Creator of all things.
- • When I see the wonders of creation, may I praise You by the
loyalty of my life.
- • When I gaze into the heavens at night, may I praise You by the
loyalty of my life.
- • When I see the beauty of nature, the grandeur of the forests,
the eternal rolling of the seas, may I praise You by the loyalty of my
- • When I hear of the wonders of science, may I praise You by the
loyalty of my life.
May the advance of scientific discoveries make me realize more clearly,
Your infinite power and wisdom in planning the universe in such minute
detail, and, hence, Your love for mankind and for me.
Lord God, Creator of all things, I humbly adore You.
Light of the World
High up in the
Andes is the statue of Christ the King. Since its erection at the beginning of the
20th century there has been peace between the two neighbouring nations,
Chile and Argentina, previously always at the brink of war. . . .
In the Mediterranean, near Portofino is a memorial standing on
the sea's bed and erected to the heroes of all nationalities who died
at sea during World War II. This
monument is a statue of Christ the King.
If we stop to think of the tremendous
claim of Christ, that He is God, equal to the Father in all
things, and if we stop to think of the
historical fact that Christ rose again from the dead, it stands
to reason that we have no alternative but to follow Him, His
ideals and His standards. "I am the
WAY, the TRUTH, the LIFE . . . I am the LIGHT of the world."
There is no other light and no other way. . . . we must then follow Him.
Christ, my King and My God,
Help me to be always loyal to You. Deepen my faith in You, my hope in
You. Give me a great manly loyalty to You and to Your standards.
- * You are the WAY . . .
help me to follow no other.
- * You are the TRUTH . .
help me to live by it.
- * You are the LIFE . .
increase that life in me.
You are the LIGHT of the World, compel me to follow the way You
illumine for me.
Give me, Lord Jesus, the courage to
follow You and the loyalty to be Your Apostle.
"To strive, to seek, to find and not
to yield" are the words engraven on an Obelisk on the Kokoda Trail to
commemorate the heroism of those eighteen-year-old Australian lads, who
withstood terrific odds to prevent further Japanese expansion . . . . .
And they succeeded. The untrained soldiers at Kokoda became heroes
because they held out, because they would not yield, though they were
tired and hungry and worn out.
Christ, my King,
- * Give me a little of their heroism.
- * Give me a little of their courage.
- * Give me their spirit of endurance.
Make me realize, that when I resist temptation, I prove my manliness
and my genuine love for You.
Make me realize that no matter how strong the temptation, nor how
persistent it is, I cannot possibly displease You unless I deliberately
choose to sin.
Also; make me realize that difficult temptation overcome means merit.
Help me always to pray in temptation because with Your help I must win.
Help me, Lord God, when tempted, - Give me the strength "not to yield."
Give me, Lord God, a similar heroism when I feel most inclined to sin.
Help me, God, to prove my manliness by being loyal to You in temptation.
Help me, God, "not to yield."
Mother Mary, impress upon my heart, the realization, that weekly
Confession and Communion thoughtfully and devoutly received will obtain
for me the strength of Christ.
To quote from the "Encyclopaedia
Britannica," in Great Britain each year 3,000,000 tons of solid matter
and 5,000,000 tons of Sulphur Dioxide are emitted into the atmosphere
by its countless chimneys. People breathe in these impurities without
realizing it and are thereby slowly poisoned.
Christ, Eternal King,
I find myself mentally poisoned by the pagan influences thrust upon me
by unscrupulous men eager to exploit the immature and the innocent.
Help me to be loyal to You and to Your standards . . . .
May those standards of Yours be the filter by which the poisonous
residue of modern pagan ideas is removed.
The world teaches that I will be happy if I give in to all my desires;
- * You teach that I will
be happy only if I deny myself.
The world teaches me to be selfish and self-centred;
- * You teach me to think
of others and to be noble.
The world teaches me to be extravagant and fashionable;
- * You teach me that
permanent happiness comes from moderation in the use of material
I know that this continual desire for new fashions causes unhappiness
in homes and in the hearts of teenagers . . .
- * Help me, God, to
control this covetousness
I know that this continual desire for new things causes serious
dishonesty amongst teenagers and causes them to live beyond their means.
- * Help me, Lord God,
always to be honest. Teach me not to follow the false standards of
happiness . . .
Impress upon my mind that just as the continual dripping of a tap can
wear a hole in the hardest rock, so the continual barrage of false
moral standards can destroy not only my own morals, but the spiritual
stamina of our nation.
Christ Jesus, help me to think and to judge according to Your standards
and to resist what is unworthy and base.
Don't let me be like a sponge that takes in everything.
Mother Mary, at Fatima you requested people to dress modestly at all
times. Grant that I will never fail you or your Divine Son,
The tragic death of Brother Broderick
in January, 1962, stunned all who were privileged to know him. He was
dead within a few minutes of being stung by a sea-wasp. During those
few minutes he spoke only twice. His first cry was not one for help but
to warn the other swimmers . . . "Get out of the water, there's a large
stinger here." His dying words were: "My God, I hope everybody is out
of the water." He had lived unselfishlessly. He died
heroically. His had been a very happy life as a Christian Brother
because it had been unselfish.
I need Your help at home.
- * Help me to be more unselfish.
- * Help me to fight against moodiness.
- * Help me to control my temper.
- * Help me to be humble and hence obedient.
Make me realize the deep debt of gratitude I owe my parents.
Make me realize their real concern and love for me.
Impress upon my mind that when they tell me to do this or to
avoid that it is really their genuine love for me and their concern for
me lest I ruin my life by my own wilfulness or my own lack of
- Lord God, give me the manliness and the common sense to obey,
especially when I find it hard.
- Christ Jesus, help me overcome
moodiness and the childish tendency to think my parents have a grudge
Help me, Christ Jesus, to be more thoughtful and kind and to be
For only then will I be happy
Help me, also, Christ Jesus, not to embarrass my parents by expecting
more money than they can give me.
Bless, Christ Jesus, in a special way, my
parents, my loved ones and my friends.
Mother Mary, help
me to be loyal to those at home, and to become the kind of man of whom
my parents will have every reason to be proud.
G. K. Chesterton once stated: "I
became a Catholic to have my sins forgiven." In his autobiography, he
mentioned that one remedy for the doubts, fears and sins of adolescence
is confession. . . Dr. Karl Jung, a world-famous psychologist, has
said: "The Protestant has no one standing between himself and God. This
burden of being directly responsible to the Almighty causes neurosis
Jesus, after Your victory over
sin and death in Your Resurrection,
You instituted the sacrament of Confession . . . "Receive the Holy Spirit, when you
forgive men's sins they are forgiven them." (John 20:23).
that confession is not only a remedy for sin already committed, but
also a preventive of sin :n the future.
Help me never to abuse this great Sacrament; hence, give me great
confidence in Your Priests and courage to confide in them in my doubts
that the priest is Your expert to understand me and my problems, to
advise and counsel me, to guide and assist me. He is Your
representative, so help me confide in Him.
Help me to be truly sorry for my sins and always to make good
confessions. Help me when I need You most - when I find confession
- Holy Spirit of God, help me obtain the full benefit of this
sacrament of mercy by the habit of weekly confession received
thoughtfully, reverently, with genuine sorrow and out of love for You.
Leonard Cheshire, V.C., D.S.O., and
three bars, D.F.C., is even more famous in peace than he was in war. He
has devoted all his talents and his life to loving God and the poor and
afflicted of the whole world. He received the dynamic energy for this
work from Christ in the Eucharist. On his travels, should he be unable
to assist at Mass, he devoutly receives Holy Communion before the
departure of his plane.
Give me, Christ, my Lord and my God, a stronger belief in Your Real
Presence in the Blessed Eucharist and give me a more realistic love of
Imprint on my heart the full realization of Your Presence in the
Eucharist and the necessity of my receiving Communion thoughtfully.
"The man who eats my flesh and drinks
my blood lives continually in me and I in him." (John 6: 57).
To get the full benefit from Communion I must make a positive effort to
pray because the effect of grace received depends on my dispositions,
the belief, the trust and the love that I bring to each Holy Communion.
Help me to overcome any tendency to laziness in preparing devoutly for
Communion. Make me realize that going to Communion is not a sign of my
goodness but an admission of my weakness without Your all powerful help.
May I realize, Christ my King, that Communion is not only union with
You, but union with other members of the People of God who come with me
to the Family Table.
Just as I require food and drink to keep my body healthy and strong so
I require frequent and fervent Communions to restore and preserve the
life of my soul.
You, Yourself have said, O Lord:
"Believe me when I tell you this. You
can have no life in yourselves unless you eat the flesh of the Son of
Man and drink his blood . . . The man who eats my flesh and drinks my
blood enjoys eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day."
(John 6: 54-55).
Lord God, imprint these truths indelibly on my mind so that they will
influence my life.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, keep me from sin, that I may never
miss the opportunity of receiving Communion with devotion at every Mass.
I thank You for the wonderful freedom I enjoy in Australia Help me
"I love freedom - flying anywhere
about in the sky. Suppose I forgot all the rules about flying and
decide to think entirely for myself. I will soon find myself on the
ground. . . Now God has made rules to help us through life. He has also
given us a Church. We should expect our liberty to be curtailed in some
way by God's rules, but there is plenty of room for liberty of thought,
just as there is plenty of room for the exercise of freedom while still
observing the rules of flying."
Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, V.C.,
D.S.O. and three bars, D.F.C.
In Your goodness to me, Christ, my God, You have given me
the gift of the true Faith.
Hence, You have given me
Your infallible Church to guide and direct me on the sure path to
Help me appreciate that wonderful gift of the true faith, and to
increase it through the share of Your own Divine Life which the
Sacraments give me.
Grant me the humility and the common sense ever to obey its laws and
directions and so reach my eternal home.
"I do not need a church that is right
when I am right,
but a church that is right
when I am wrong
and so is able to put me right."
Help me to be ever loyal to my Bishops and Priests and to realize that
I have a part to play in my Parish.
Help me, then, to extend Christ's kingdom by being an active worker for
my Parish and for other Church Institutions.
Give my loyalty to my church and grant that my life will be such that
others may know that I can be trusted because I am true to my God and
Dave Brown, Australia's Rugby League
Captain, 1936. Point-Score Record Holder: 285 points during an English
tour; 385 points in an Australian Season. In 1963, Dave was struck down
with Parkinson's Disease, for which there is no known cure, but his
health was completely restored to him by the power of prayer. To quote
from his own words: "If you can appreciate what it is to be condemned
to the life of an invalid with progressive deterioration, and then in a
miraculous fashion to be transferred to perfect health, you will
understand why I pen these lines. . . . . I had been ill for over
twelve months - my eyesight was affected, my internal organs were in a
shocking state; I had a bad tremor in my right hand and paralysis in my
right leg. I had been told I would be an invalid for life. Then,
February, 1964, I was suddenly cured. My doctor informed me a miracle
had happened. My interpretation is that the prayers of my wife, mother,
sisters and children were fully answered. Such is the power of prayer."
Lord God, impress upon my mind
the importance of prayer . . . help me to become a man of prayer,
because with prayer I can praise and bless You, and with prayer I can
receive Your help, Your strength and Your courage.
With prayer I cannot fail in the battle of life.
"Ask and you shall receive,"
You invite me. Make me then a man of prayer. Help me to pray at all
Make me realize, that when I pray at a time when I don't feel like it
my prayer is particularly pleasing to You, because then I pray, not
because I like it, but because of my love for You.
Give me the grace to be always faithful to prayer and to visit You
frequently in the Blessed Sacrament and there to talk to You as my
Help me always to appreciate the greatest prayer of all - the Mass,
when I offer the Holy Sacrifice with the Priest.
At each Mass I wish to offer myself, along with the sacred Victim.
Help me always to co-offer the Mass with effort, reverence and
devotion. Give me such an appreciation of the Mass that I will never
miss an opportunity of offering the Holy Sacrifice.
Make me realize the true meaning of St. Alphonsus' words.
"If I pray I will be saved, if I do
not pray, I will be damned.
Those who are in heaven today are
there because they prayed.
Those who are in hell today are there
because they did not pray."
is the Mass that Matters"
At the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960,
Herb Elliott brought fame to Australia by winning the World Mile
Championship in 3 mins. 35.6 secs. When on the following morning, a
Christian Brother in Rome telephoned to congratulate him, he was
informed that Herb and his wife had not yet returned from Mass. It was
Thursday, the 8th September, Our Lady's Birthday. He was at Mass in
thanksgiving for his win. "It was the Mass that mattered."
Holy Spirit of God help me in my thinking to be in tune with the living
Church so that the public worship of God, the Liturgy, and especially
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will occupy the prominent place in my
life that they should.
"Prayer is our first duty,"
wrote Pope Paul VI, "and the liturgy
is the primary source of the Divine Life which is communicated to us.
It is the primary source of our spiritual life."
Impress upon my mind, Christ, my Redeemer, that the introduction of
English into the Liturgy isn't merely to help me understand the Mass
better but to make, me more conscious of the fact that I am not an
isolated individual praying alone. I am a member of the People of God,
the Mystical Body of Christ, praying with all the other members of
God's Family. Hence, I must be deeply concerned about the needs of
Christ, my Saviour, help me to remember at Mass, the needs of the poor,
the sick, the suffering, the needs of Your Church, the needs of the
United with all God's People everywhere:
- I wish to praise and adore You at every Mass.
- I wish to thank You at every Mass.
- I wish to make reparation for sin at every Mass.
- I wish to beg Your special protection on all in need and the
grace for myself of being Your true follower.
- I wish to pray at Mass in a very special way for Christian Unity
that there may be "one fold and one shepherd."
May I ever recall, Christ, Eternal Priest, that the Mass recalls
Calvary with all its graces.
May I ever recall, Christ, Eternal Truth, that You teach each day at
mass through the Liturgy of the Word.
Give me, Christ, my Redeemer, a deep realization of what the Mass is
and make it the centre of my life.
Mary, Queen of the Apostles, bless the Church with many zealous priests
to share in Your Son's work and give the laity a deeper appreciation of
Life is like a piece of tapestry, one side bears a picture perfect in
every detail, with colours of different light and shade blending in
- This is the finished picture of a life that has been well spent.
- It is the picture as we will see it in the world to come.
For then and then only will we understand God's plan
The reverse side of the tapestry represents life as we see it now. It
is a picture of a confused mixture of threads and colours.
There seems to be no purpose for this cutting or that knotting and for
the apparent lack of planning. Yet the hand of the Master-Weaver is
there, for every heart-ache, temptation, sorrow is there, in God's
plan, to perfect us.
A valuable piece of tapestry would take many, many years to bring to
perfection. So God, in his infinite wisdom, takes a human lifetime to
complete the tapestry of one life.
- * Lord God, make me realize that every detail of my life is
planned by You and that the crosses, the trials, the difficulties are
opportunities for me to perfect my own life and to make the finished
picture the one that you have planned - perfect in every detail.
Five thousand men answered a brief
advertisement that appeared in a London newspaper early in 1914 . . .
"Men wanted for hazardous journey - small wages, bitter cold, long
months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.
Honour and recognition in case of success!" That advertisement had been
inserted by Sir Earnest Shackleton prior to his Antarctic Expedition.
Christ my King, my God and my
All, help me to take up the challenge - the greatest challenge of all
times - "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself take up
his cross daily and FOLLOW ME.
Help me Christ God to follow You and Your standards in a world that
despises them and thereby prove my genuine manliness.
- Give me the manliness to
be pure in a world that makes purity difficult.
- Give me the manliness to
be honest when dishonesty is regarded as smart practice.
- Give me the manliness to
respect women though so many don't deserve it.
- Give me the manliness to
be temperate about drink when old enough to use it.
- Give me the manliness to
live as You want me to live and to bring others to You by the sincere
practice of my faith.
Give me Your strength, Christ Jesus, which I can most certainly get
from very frequent Communion and prayer because being a confirmed
Catholic today demands character, courage, stamina and real manliness.
Give me those virtues, Lord Jesus, and help me to be a true Catholic
and so do and dare big things for You and for the greatest cause ever
offered to man.
"The instant I remembered the
Catholic Church I remembered Our Lady; when I tried to forget the
Catholic Church, I tried to forget her. When I finally decided to enter
the Church - this was the freest and hardest of all my acts of freedom
- it was in front of a gilded and very gaudy statue of her in the port
of Brindisi, that I promised to become a Catholic."
-G. K. Chesteron.
Mary, great Mother of God and
my mother, I call upon you with all my heart and soul to take me under
your special care and to keep me loyal to your Son. Obtain for me a
dynamic, personal love for Him in the Blessed Eucharist, and thus
strengthened myself, obtain for me the grace to make Him loved amongst
those with whom I come in contact.
Help me to take him
to the world of business and commerce,
to the world of entertainment,
to the modern world pagan as it is
and so win it for Him.
Just as You gave the early Christians the grace to take up the
challenge of their day, and to transform pagan society by their loyalty
to the standards of your Son, obtain for me the grace to live as I
should live assisted by your motherly care and strengthened by
Communion and prayer.
Help me, Mother of God, to deepen my own faith and hence be capable of
Christ-like living and of being an apostle for truth and charity.
St. Louis, King of France, wrote: "I
think more of the little chapel where I was baptized, than of the
Cathedral of Rheims where I was crowned: for the dignity of child of
God, which was bestowed on me at Baptism, is greater that that of a
ruler of a kingdom. The latter, I shall lose at death, the former will
be my passport into everlasting glory."
- Lord God, impress upon my heart the importance of my being
a member of the Family of God by Baptism.
By this sacrament, I became a true child of God.
By this sacrament, I freely received a passport to heaven.
By this sacrament, I became a living tabernacle.
Make me realize the meaning of the words of the great St. Paul.
"Don't you know that you are God's
temple, and that God's Spirit dwells in you ?
"If anyone destroys God's temple, God
will destroy him.
God's temple, which you yourself are,
make me realize my dignity as a child of God.
Give me a tremendous reverence for myself.
Give me a great reverence and respect for others.
Give me the manliness always to be modest in dress and
behaviour and never to follow fashions that degrade my dignity as a
child of God.
Imprint upon my mind, Christ Jesus, that every single
human being, irrespective of nationality or colour, was made by God . .
. even though he may be naturally repulsive to me.
Mother of God, make me realize that I have an obligation to help those
in need or distress, whether or not I know them personally . . . for
are they not dear to God ?
If it is true that T.V., (Movies) and
Pictures don't affect us, then the sponsors of T.V. ads. ought to wake
up. They spend tremendous sums telling us that a certain food will
bring us health or a certain soap will cure our ugly skin. T.V. people
employ salesmen to tell big business of the importance of advertising.
Yet, they tell us, if we complain about horror or sordid screenings,
that these things have no influence on the behaviour of a teenager.
Christ my Leader and my God,
impress upon my mind the importance of being careful of my amusements
and relaxation because so much depends upon my thinking.
"A man is but a product of his thoughts," wrote Gandhi.
"What he thinks - that he becomes."
TV, movies, pictures, radio,
magazines and newspapers are dynamic agencies for creating and
Used properly these can be splendid
means of completing my education and of providing suitable relaxation.
But using them unwisely, I can too easily absorb false ideals and ideas
and thus ruin my life and lose my soul.
Lord God, give me sufficient common sense to realize that in
entertainment I must select the good from the bad, that I might
fill my heart with those things which are true, noble, good and pure,
things which are worthy of love and honour, things which
are virtuous and worthy of praise. (See Philippines 4:8)
Christ, King of Truth.
• help me realize that I have a real need to read the Catholic Papers,
so that I may get Your views on modern problems,
so that I may read previews of films and thus learn to avoid programmes
that are likely to harm my immortal soul.
• help me realize that I should avoid shallow literature and read about
real heroes and people who have overcome great obstacles, so that I may
imitate their heroism and make my own life worthwhile.
Lady of the Anzacs
May 1442: Never
before had there been so many ships in Sydney Harbour laden with mines
and high explosives. Undetected was the entry of three Japanese midget
submarines that began firing torpedoes at the heavily-laden U.S.
Cruiser "Chicago" at point-blank range. They missed and only a
store-ferry, "Kuttabul" was sunk. . . . A national novena to Our Lady,
Help of Christians had only concluded that night. Our Heavenly
Patroness had not failed us.
Remember, great Mother of God, that from the earliest days of
Australia, you have played an important part. It was your Rosary that
our forefathers prayed. It was your Rosary that kept the faith strong
when there were no priests to help.
Remember, Mary Help of Christians, that the first Australian Church was
built by the first Priest to honour you.
Remember, Immaculate Mother, the faith of the gold-diggers who sent
gold to Rome to be used in the official Papal Medal made to honour you
and your Immaculate Conception.
Remember, Help of Christians. the faith and devotion of past and
present generations of Australians and so unite our country that we may
successfully spread the Faith.
Impress upon our minds the importance of the words of President Kennedy
"Ask not what your country can. do for
you, but what you can do for your country."
May we value the freedom that is ours. Inspire more and more of us to
work and if need be to defend our country from communism and from other
Protect our youth, Mary. Help of Christians, and urge us to take an
active part in fighting against laxity of morals. Grant, -that we may
so deepen our faith and spiritualize our lives by prayer, meditation
and the Sacraments, that we may exert a positive influence for good. in
our country and so save it from the evils of materialism.
Mary, Help of Christians, inspire our youth with a real love and
loyalty for Australia, and make us realize that unless we are loyal to
God we will not be loyal to Country.
President Kennedy posthumously
awarded a previously rather anonymous Catholic doctor a Congressional
Medal in June, 1962. It bore the inscription. . . "In recognition of
public service to alleviate suffering among people in the world". . .
The late Catholic medico had worked fearlessly to bring health and real
Christianity to underprivileged peoples. Though dying of cancer he
worked on to the end. He found the happiness and peace of mind that
hours of intense pain could not deprive him of . . . . "The cancer goes
no deeper than my flesh. There is no cancer in my spirit." Just before
he died he wrote: "Bring your talents and the spirituality of your
heart to distant valleys like mine, and take back with you a rich, rich
reward . . . I send my wish that you will know the happiness that comes
of serving others who have nothing."
Lord God, impress upon my mind the fact that as a true Christian I have
the obligation to help those who need my help.
The world today needs dedicated apostles, ordinary men and women, who
will educate, guide and help the poor and the underprivileged of other
Only by seeing real Christianity in practice will these people be
brought to the knowledge and love of the one true God.
When choosing a career, let me remember the needs of other people and
the opportunity that is mine of taking You to them.
As a baptized Christian I have been commissioned by You "to teach all
Help me to fulfil this command.
Lord God, impress upon my mind a realization of my obligation to help
others and that true happiness comes from self-sacrifice and service
for love of You.
Mother of God, give me a little of your charity for the poor, the sick
and the suffering.
Find Your Vocation
Many boys hear the voice of Christ
challenging them to leave all and follow Him as Priests or Brothers.
They are good, young men and generous but they hesitate, they are
afraid . . . . . they fail to follow the invitation. Unfortunately,
many of these then go through life unhappy because of the knowledge in
their hearts that they lacked the courage to try. . . .
that You have a special plan for me.
what that plan is.
- Give me the grace to know
And knowing it,
- • Give me the courage and strength to follow it.
And following it,
- • Give me the trust and confidence to realize that You'll be with
me and that You'll never fail me.
Lord Jesus, I beg this grace through the intercession of Your Blessed
Mother Mary, Mother of Perpetual Succour, obtain for me the gift of
generosity in knowing and serving your Son.
The young man couldn't make up his
mind whether or not to become a Priest. The old Nun to whom he was
speaking simply said: "Say one Mass and die." The youth became a
Priest. If a Priest did nothing else but offer the Holy Sacrifice once
in his lifetime, he could never thank God enough because of the miracle
of that one Mass. St. Alphonsus said: "The entire Church cannot give to
God as much honour as one Priest by offering one Mass." Do I realize
the Priest's privilege? Australia is desperately in need of more
Priests for its parishes and its mission work so that the harvest sown
by Father Therry in 1821 might not wither for lack of reapers. Is there
a corner in the field for me?
Christ bless our Priests and grant that many of our youth will serve
You and their country as Priests.
- Should it be Your plan that I become a Priest.
- Give me the grace to know Your will and the courage and strength
to do it.
One need not be particularly
observant to realize that the greatest need in the Church in Australia
today is for more Teaching Religious. There are at least 100,000
Catholic children at State Schools in Australia; many Catholic Schools
have more secular teachers than Religious on their faculties. Something
must be done. The youth of today must face the crisis and generously
accept the challenge by devoting their lives to Christ as Teaching
Brothers, keeping in mind the words of Pope Pius XII, "The life of the
Religious Teaching Brother is the greatest act of love which a human
being can offer to his Creator." Thus the work begun in Australia by
Bro. P. A. Treacy, a pioneer Brother, will prosper. It is a sobering
thought, that in God's Providence, there may be many boys whose
salvation will depend on the generosity of your sacrifice.
Christ, the Teacher, bless all Religious Brothers and grant that many
young men will serve You and their country as Religious Teachers.
- Jesus, if it is Your will that I be privileged to help youth as a
- Give me the grace to know Your will and the courage and strength
to do it.
God pays men and women the compliment
of asking them to co-operate with Him in perpetuating the human race.
The purpose of sex in marriage is not only to bring new life into the
world, but to make it possible for partners in marriage to express
their love in the most beautiful way possible. Marriage is a way to perfection.
Husband and wife are to help one another to God; and they help one
another by loving one another. Their physical union should be the
highest expression of their love. It is a holy thing. It is meant to be
meritorious and to bring them closer to God. So holy is their union
that St. Paul uses it as a symbol of the closeness of our union with
God through grace. It is because it is such a precious thing that we
protect it by the beautiful manly virtue of Purity.
Jesus, my God,
If my vocation in life is that of marriage, help me to prepare worthily
for that great vocation. Impress upon my mind the nobility of Marriage,
and that I should prepare worthily for it, by a life of discipline and
Help me to be pure, as I would expect my partner in life to be.
Marriage demands self-discipline and
courage, and wonderful trust in Your Providence. Give me those
qualities, then, Jesus.
- Teach me not be extravagant and wasteful so that I may provide
fittingly for the future.
- Help me to find the partner in life who will strengthen me and
who will keep me loyal to You.
- Help me to live my life now, that I may be worthy of such a
"The most important person on earth
is a mother.
She cannot claim the honour
of having built Notre Dame Cathedral.
She need not.
She has built something
more magnificent than any Cathedral,
a dwelling for an immortal soul,
the tiny perfection
of her baby's body.
The angels have not been blessed
with such a grace.
They cannot share
in God's creative miracle
to bring new saints to heaven.
Only a human mother can do this.
God joins forces with mothers
in performing this act of creation.
What on God's good earth
is more glorious
than this . . .
To be a Mother."
Christ, eternal Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, bless and reward my mother and father
for their love and their sacrifices for me.
Grant me the grace that if marriage is to be my vocation in life, I
will be worthy of it and I will marry a girl who will be a true model of Christian Motherhood.
Going steady should he an immediate
preparation for marriage. It is the time when a youth should choose not
only an amiable companion for life but the future mother of his
children. Undertaken at too early an age it lessens the opportunity of
enriching personality by making many friends, and it interferes with
study and the completing of training for a professional career or an
apprenticeship. Since it is inadvisable to marry before one's character
is properly formed, and it is unfair to marry before one is financially
secure, it follows that going steady too soon is contrary to right
reason. There is a lot of real wisdom in the humorous remark of
Monsignor Fulton Sheen, "He who
mistakes puppy love for real love will end up leading a dog's life."
Jesus, I live in a pagan world and if I am not careful I will begin,
little by little, to accept its standards. My environment may influence
me to make judgements that are warped by false values. Make me realize,
then, the moral danger and the unreasonableness of going steady too
soon, because such a practice creates real problems that can lead to
the ruin of my own and of other people's lives. Make me realize, Christ
Jesus, the sacredness of Marriage and the need to protect the
God-given, awe-inspiring power that may be used only in Marriage. Christ, my Friend, help me not only to live
as You want me to live, but also to exercise a positive influence for
good on my acquaintances.
Purity is a positive, virile virtue
by which a man protects the awe-inspiring God-given power that he will
use in marriage to bring new life into the world and to express his
love for the spouse of his choice.
God the Father, help me always to be conscious of the Divine purpose of
sex in Your wonderful Providence. May reverence for the great dignity
of the Sacrament of Marriage influence my thoughts, judgements and
behaviour now, that I may jealously guard in my adolescent years the
precious gift that I am to use in marriage for God's glory and the
extension of His Kingdom, or give it back to Him whole and unstained if
I dedicate my single manhood to His special service. Help me ever to be
pure in thought, word and deed, so
give me the common sense and the manliness to avoid all
unnecessary occasions of sin.
O Mary, by your pure and Immaculate Conception, make my body pure and
my soul holy.
Holman Hunt's famous
painting, "The Light of the World," shows Christ in a garden at
mid-night. In His left hand, He is holding a lantern, and His right
hand is knocking on a heavily panelled door. An art critic remarked:
"Mr Hunt, you have not finished your work There is no handle on that
door." "That," said the artist, " is the door of the human heart - it
can be opened only from the inside."
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Today I consecrate and dedicate myself entirely to You that I may serve
You alone and get others to serve You by my manly living as You want me
- I consecrate to You my soul and all its faculties.
- I consecrate to You my heart and all its affections.
- I consecrate to You my body and all its powers.
Take me, Lord Jesus, with all my imperfections: forgive me my sins,
that I may become more like You and that You may become the centre of
Magnetize me, Christ my King, with the love of Your Divine Heart, so
that I may induce others to love and serve You.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, give me the grace to avoid mortal sin and
strengthen me with Your almighty power that I may never commit
deliberate venial sin.
Give me, Christ Jesus, a genuine love for Your Sacred Heart and a
desire to make reparation not only for my own sins but for the sins of
- I offer up my sufferings, my disappointments and my trials to
reparation to Your Sacred Heart for all the sins of mankind.
- I promise to receive Holy Communion as often as possible, Lord
Jesus, for then I shall receive Your power, Your strength, Your courage.
Mother Mary, obtain for me the grace to devote a few minutes each day
to thoughtful prayer and mental recollection.
Challenge of Christ
Our Lord speaks to me. He says. . .
Today, more than ever, I need your
hands to work for Me . . . . . but,
to be effective, they must be willing hands, loving hands, thoughtful
hands . . . . . remembering always that you cannot be My apostle unless
you first love those who desperately need Me . . . . . . You must take
Me to them.
- the consecrated hands of the
Priest to offer the Mass and continue my
work of blessing and forgiving.
- the guiding hands of the
Teaching Brother to help My youth at the very
time youth needs a man's help most.
- the strong hands of the
Lay-Brother, to work and to toil and so help
the priest, the missionary and the Christian teacher.
- the firm hands of the Catholic
Layman, virile and manly, to make Me
known and served and loved in the workshops and in modern life.
Yes, I need your hands to work for Me . . . . . . . to take Me to
"Courage and a man's part is what I
ask of you . . . no room for doubt
or shrinking back, when the Lord your God is at your side wherever you
- (Joshua 1:9).