I desire, O Lord,
earnestly longing for the help of Thy grace,
to renew all my baptismal vows
to renounce all that displeaseth Thee,
and to walk more perfectly in newness of life.
I renounce the devil
and all his works and pomps,
of the world with all its covetous desires,
all sinful excesses in things lawful,
and whatever may lead my heart from Thee
or hinder my duty
also, I renounce all the sinful lusts of the flesh,
with everything in thought, word, or deed,
which displeaseth Thee, especially …,
from all which let it be Thy good
pleasure to deliver me,
and to turn the whole stream of my affections to the love of Thee,
that Thy will
and thy love may be the sole rule and guide of my life,
and I may love whatever Thou lovest,
and hate whatever Thou hatest.
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy ... continue reading
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