Prayer to St. Francis Xavier

Help me become a hero—

            One who executes both spiritual and physical feats;

            One who gives himself up to be a part of something greater;

            One who departs on a journey and returns changed.

Help me to emphasize the magis

            One who does his best in every area;

            One who strives to be great in all aspects of his life.

Help me become a person with and for others—

            One who respects himself as well as others;

            One who performs deeds not for himself, but for others.

Help me become a leader—

            One who persuades others to do the right thing;

            One who guides others through action, not talk.

                        We pray to you for help, St. Xavier.


Luke Rothan

St. Xavier High School

Cincinnati, Ohio

Excerpt from In All Things: Everyday Prayers of Jesuit High School Students, edited by Michael J. Daley and Lee P. Yeazell.

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