Dear Lord, my smallness and weakness are perfectly known to You. Have pity on me. Pull me out of the mud of self, so that I may not be stuck in it forever.—My Daily Bread
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If you are seeking a guided form of daily prayer structured as a dialogue between you and Christ, I’ve begun My Daily Bread and absolutely love it. It’s a small yet dense devotional book by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood in which each day is a brief reading in the form of “Christ, think, pray” or “listen, think, answer:” Christ speaks words to you, you reflect on them, and then you respond in prayer.
The outline of the My Daily Bread devotional takes you through the three-part path of the Spiritual Life: reform-conform-transform.
- Book One: The Way of Purification (reforming what has been deformed)
- After Conversion
- Conquering Bad Habits
- Self-Conquest Through Mortification
- Book Two: The Way of Imitation (conforming to Christ what has been reformed)
- Following Jesus in Daily Life
- Virtues Leading Directly to God
- Man’s Relation With His Neighbor and With Himself
- The Spiritual Combat
- Book Three: The Way of the Union (tranforming through Christ what has been conformed)
- Striving for Closer Union
- Union Through the Holy Eucharist
- Union Throughout the Day
The prayer in the wallpaper is a piece of a prayer in the Conversion part of Book One. Here is the full prayer:
Consider the labors and trials of my daily life. Please stand by me in my efforts. Strengthen me in my resolutions. I have often failed because I depended on myself alone. Now, however, I shall seek advice and direction as often as I need it. Only in this way can I hope to make progress in true and solid virtue. Make me wise and honest in my daily efforts, so that I may no longer waste valuable time. I hope to become at last the kind of person You want me to be. Without You I can do nothing. Lord, help me! Amen.—My Daily Bread, Conversion: Chapter 9