A Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola

Posted by occwebsite
01st Jun 2021

Here is a prayer, by Ignatius of Loyola, to reflect on, to meditate on, to pray and make it your own this week. See some reflection questions at the bottom of this post.


Lord, teach me to be generous.

Teach me to serve you as you deserve;

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labour and not to ask for reward,

Save that of knowing that I do your will.




Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,

My memory, my understanding

And my entire will,


All I have and call my own

You have given to me.

To you, Lord, I return it.


Everything is yours;

Do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace.

That is enough for me.


~Ignatius of Loyola



  • Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
  • Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
  • Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
  • Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?