Discernment Prayer of Cardinal John Henry Newman
O Jesus Christ, my Lord,
you have created me to do you some definite service.
You have given some work to me
which you have not given to any other.
I have a place in your plan.
I may never know what it is in this life
but I will be told in the next.
Therefore, I will trust you in all things.
If I am sick, my sickness may serve you.
If I am worried, my worry may serve you.
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve you.
You do nothing in vain; you know what you are doing.
You may put me among strangers;
You may make me feel forgotten;
You may make my spirits sink;
You may hide my future from me…
Still, you know what you are doing, and I trust you.
Prayer of St Pope John Paul II
Lord Jesus, who called the ones you wanted to call, call many of us to work for you, to work with you.
You, who enlightened with your words those whom you called, enlighten us with faith in you.
You, who supported them in their difficulties, help us to conquer the difficulties we have as young people today.
And if you call one of us to be consecrated completely to you, may your love give warmth to this vocation from its very beginning and make it grow and persevere to the end. Amen.
God our Father,
You have a plan for each one of us,
You hold out to us a future full of hope.
Give me the wisdom of your Spirit,
So that I can see the shape of your plan
in the gifts you have given me,
and in the circumstances of my daily life.
Give me the freedom of your Spirit,
to seek you with all my heart,
and to choose your will above all else.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen