The “Anima Christi” is a prayer found at the beginning of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s handbook, the “Spiritual Exercises,” which is designed to help spiritual directors as they guide retreatants through the major events of Jesus’ ministry. In doing so, their understanding about God’s boundless love for them is deepened at multiple levels. Al-though this prayer was not composed by St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, it is a useful tool for finding God in all things and for understanding how His Divine Will is operational in our daily lives.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds conceal me.
Do not permit me to be parted from you.
From the evil foe protect me.
At the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come to you,
to praise you with all your saints
for ever and ever.

On this Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), may you be engraced to appreciate deeply the boundless love of God in your life and the true presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist!

With prayerful best wishes,
Fr. John Mahoney