Prayers for Love of God

Litany of the Love of God
(Composed by Pope Pius VI, 1717 – 1799)
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Lord have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father in heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.
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Thou Who art Infinite Love,
I love Thee, O my God. *
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Thou Who didst first love me, *
Thou Who commandest me to love Thee, *
With all my heart,*
With all my soul, *
With all my mind, *
With all my strength, *
Above all possessions and honors, *
Above all pleasures and enjoyments, *
More than myself and all that belongs to me, *
More than all my relatives and friends, *
More than all men and angels, *
Above all created things in heaven or on earth, *
Only for Thyself, *
Because Thou art the sovereign Good, *
Because Thou art infinitely worthy of being loved, *
Because Thou art infinitely perfect, *
Even hadst Thou not promised me heaven, *
Even hadst Thou not menaced me with hell, *
Even shouldst Thou try me by want and misfortune, *
In wealth and in poverty, *
In prosperity and in adversity, *
In health and in sickness, *
In life and in death, *
In time and in eternity, *
In union with that love wherewith all the Saints and all the Angels love Thee in heaven, *
In union with that love wherewith the Blessed Virgin Mary loveth Thee, *
In union with that infinite love wherewith Thou lovest Thyself eternally, *
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Let us pray: 
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My God, Who dost possess in incomprehensible abundance all that is perfect and worthy of love, annihilate in me all guilty, sensual, and undue love for creatures: kindle in my heart the pure flame of Thy love, so that I may love nothing but Thee or in Thee, until, being entirely consumed by holy love of Thee, I may go to love Thee eternally with the elect in Heaven, the country of pure love. Amen.
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ACTS OF LOVE FOR GOD
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1. My God, my sovereign good, would that I had always loved thee!
2. My God, I detest the time in which I loved Thee not.
3. How have I lived so long without Thy holy love!
4. And Thou, my God, how hast Thou borne with me?
5. I thank Thee, O my God, for so much patience.
6. Now I desire to love Thee for ever.
7. I would rather die than cease to love Thee.
8. My God, deprive me of life rather than permit that I should cease to love Thee.
9. The grace I ask of Thee is, that I may always love Thee.
10. With Thy love I shall be happy.
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Glory be to the Father, &c.
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1. My God, I desire to see Thee loved by all men.
2. I should consider it a happiness to give my blood, in order that all men may love Thee.
3. Blind are they who love Thee not.
4. Enlighten them, O my God!
5. Not to love Thee, O Sovereign Good, is the only evil to be feared.
6. Never will I be of the number of those blind souls who love Thee not.
7. Thou, O my God, art my Joy and all my good.
8. I desire to be wholly Thine for ever.
9. Who shall ever be able to separate me from Thy love!
10. Come, all created beings: come, all of you, and love my God.
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Glory be to the Father, &c.
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1. My God, would that I had a thousand hearts to love Thee!
2. Would that I had the hearts of all men to love Thee!
3. How I should rejoice were there many worlds, who might all love Thee!
4. I should be happy if I could love Thee with the heart of all possible creatures.
5. Thou, indeed, dost merit it, O my God!
6. My heart is too poor and too cold to love Thee!
7. O woful insensibility of man, in regard of this Sovereign Good!
8. Oh, the blindness of worldlings, who know not true love!
9. O blessed inhabitants of heaven, who know it and love it!
10. O happy necessity, to love God!
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Glory be to the Father, &c.
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1. O my God, when shall I burn with love for Thee?
2. Oh, how happy would be my lot!
3. But since I know not how to love Thee, I can rejoice at this, 
that so many others love Thee with all their hearts.
4. I rejoice at this particularly, that the angels and saints love Thee in heaven.
5. I unite my feeble heart to their inflamed hearts.
6. Would that I could love Thee as well as those saints who have been most inflamed with love for Thee!
7. Would that I had for Thee a love similar to that of St. Mary Magdalene, 
St. Catherine, and St. Teresa!
8. Or such as that of St. Augustin, St. Dominic, St. Francis Xavier, St. Philip Neri, St. Aloysius Gonzaga.
9. Or as that which was entertained for Thee by the holy Apostles; and particularly by St. Peter, St. Paul, and the beloved disciple.
10. Or, in fine, as that with which the great patriarch St. Joseph loved Thee.
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Glory be to the Father, &c.
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1. Would, moreover, that I could love Thee as the blessed Virgin loved thee upon earth!
2. As she loved Thee, particularly when she conceived Thy divine Son in her virginal womb, when she brought Him into the world, when she nourished Him with her milk, and when she saw Him die.
3. Would that I could love Thee as she loves Thee now, and as she will love Thee for ever in heaven!
4. But to love Thee as thou deservest to be loved, O God, infinitely good, even this would not suffice.
5. I should wish, moreover, to love Thee as the Divine Word made Man loved Thee.
6. As he loved Thee at His birth.
7. As he loved Thee expiring on the cross.
8. As He loves Thee continually in the tabernacles where he lies hid. 
9. As He loves, and shall low Thee for ever.
10. In line, my God, I wish to love Thee as thou lovest us; but since that is impossible, grant that I may love thee as well as I know how, as much as I can, and as much as Thou wishest me. Amen.
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Glory be to the Father, &c.
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Prayer:
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O God, who has prepared invisible rewards for those who love Thee, pour forth some of Thy love into our hearts, to the end that, loving Thee in all and above all, we may obtain the accomplishment of Thy promises, which surpass all desire; through our Lord Jesus Christ, &.
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(Pius VII., by a rescript, August 11, 1818, granted an indulgence of three hundred days to all the faithful who should recite, with a contrite heart, a succession of acts of the love of God, arranged in form of a crown, with five Gloria Patris, as above. By saying them ten times a month for a whole year, a person may gain a plenary indulgence on any day he may choose; confession, communion, and prayers according to the Pope’s intentions being supposed.)
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ASPIRATIONS OF LOVE TO JESUS CHRIST
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My Jesus, Thou alone art sufficient for me.
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My love, do not permit me to separate myself from Thee. When shall I be able to say, ” My God, I cannot lose Thee any more?”
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Lord, who am I, that Thou shouldst desire so much to be loved by me?
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And whom shall I love, if I love not Thee, my Jesus? Here I am, Lord; dispose of me as Thou pleasest. Give me Thy love; I ask nothing more.
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Make me all Thine before I die.
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Eternal Father, for the love of Jesus Christ have pity on me.
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My God, I wish for Thee alone, and nothing more.
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O my Jesus! would that I could be entirely spent for Thee, as Thou didst spend Thyself entirely for me!
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If I had died while I was in sin, I could no more have loved Thee; now that I can love Thee, I will love Thee as much as I can.
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To Thee do I consecrate all the remainder of my life. I wish only, and I wish in all things, that which Thou dost desire.
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When I see Thee for the first time, my Jesus, may it be with a look of mercy.
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May I die rather than ever offend Thee again.
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Thou wilt not leave me, I will not leave Thee; so shall our love endure in this world and in the next.
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I should be too ungrateful, O my Jesus, if I loved Thee but little, after so many graces.
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Thou didst give Thyself all to me; I give myself all to Thee.
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Thou lovest those that love Thee. I love Thee; do Thou also love me. If I love Thee but little, give Thou me the love Thou requirest of me.
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What hast Thou not done to oblige me to love Thee? Make me conquer all things to please Thee.
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Accept the love of a soul which has offended Thee so deeply.
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Show me the immense good Thou art, that I may love Thee exceedingly.
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I desire to love Thee exceedingly in this life, that I may love Thee exceedingly in the next.
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VIII. 
I hope to love Thee for all eternity. O Eternal God! Oh that I had always loved Thee! Oh that I had died rather than have offended Thee!
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I give Thee my will, my liberty; dispose of me as Thou pleasest.
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May my only happiness be to please Thee, O Infinite Goodness.
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O my God! I rejoice in that Thou art infinitely happy.
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Thou art omnipotent; make me a Saint.
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Thou hast sought me while I was fleeing from Thee; Thou didst love me when I despised Thy love;
abandon me not, now that I seek Thee and love Thee.
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May I this day give myself wholly to Thee.
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Send me any chastisement, but deprive me not of the power of loving Thee.
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I thank Thee that Thou givest me time to love Thee. I love Thee, my Jesus, I love Thee; 
and I hope to die repeating, “I love Thee, I love Thee.”
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I desire to love Thee without reserve, and to do all that I know to be pleasing to Thee.
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I love Thy good pleasure more than all the pleasures of the world.
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I accept all the troubles that may happen to me, provided I love Thee, O my God. O my Jesus! that I could die for Thee, as Thou didst die for me!
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Oh that I could make all men love Thee as Thou deservest!
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O will of God, thou art my love.
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O God of love, give me love.
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XIII. 
O Mary, draw me all to God.
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O my Mother, make me always have recourse to thee. 
It is for thee to make me a Saint. This is my hope.
(St. Alphonsus Liguori)
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LOVING AFFECTIONS TOWARDS JESUS
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O THOU most excelling King of kings, Prince of glory, my loving Jesus, Thou art the life of my soul; may all the affection of my heart be inflamed with the ardour of Thy love, and for ever united to Thee. May it sink back baffled and exhausted when it would love aught but what tends to Thee alone; for Thou art the brilliance of all colour, the savour of all dainties, the fragrance of all odours, the charm of all melody, the soothing repose of all love. O Thou overflowing abyss of Divinity, in Thee is pleasure most enrapturing, from Thee ever-gushing streams of plenty spread around, towards Thee a gentle force irresistibly attracts, through Thee our souls are inundated with thrilling gladness. O King of kings most worthy, sovereign Lord of all, Prince most glorious, most clement Ruler, Thou most mighty Protector; Thou art the vivifying germ of human dignity, O most wonderful in Thy working, gentlest of Teachers, Wisest in counsel, most kind and effectual Helper, Friend faithful unto death. No union is so intimate, so beatific, as Thine, O Thou transporting, soothing Lover of souls, most tender and chaste Spouse of Thy chosen. Thou art the spring Flower of noble gracefulness, O my brother most fair, ruddy, and comely in Thy youth, most winning companion, Host most munificent in Thy provision; I choose Thee in preference to all creatures, for Thy sake I renounce all pleasure, for Thee I run with joy to meet all adversity, and in all I do I seek no other praise than Thine. I acknowledge with heart and mouth that Thou art the root from which these and all good things spring. With the energy of Thy fervour I unite my intention to that of Thy most availing prayer, that in virtue of this Divine union every movement of rebellion may be quelled and crushed within me, and that I may be led by Thee to the summit. and pinnacle of perfection. Amen.
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(This prayer was revealed to Saint Gertrude during an unusually abundant influx of grace and light. Our Lord said to her: Whoever repeats this prayer shall receive the grace to know Me more intimately, and shall receive into his soul the splendour of My Divinity, even as he who holds up to the sun a mirror of pure gold collects therein the dazzling effulgence of its rays.)

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