Aspirations are short daily Catholic prayers which are easy to memorize, such as “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you; save souls”; “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You”; and “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” St. Paul exhorts us to “pray constantly” (1 Thess. 5:17). One way we can do this is through the Morning Offering, but we can also make use of aspirations to help keep us focused on God throughout our busy day.
God gives us each new breath and each new day. How can we not, in turn, give our time, our day, to Him? Praying aspirations frequently is one way to offer our day to Him, to give him first place in our lives. It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of the day, and its joys and sorrows, that we can accidentally neglect to remember Our Lord and His love.
We can pray these short daily prayers anywhere and anytime—driving, walking, cooking, eating, getting ready for work, riding the bus, relaxing at home, waiting at the doctor’s office or in traffic, resting in bed,… The possibilities go on and on!
The aspirations we have selected below are just a small sampling. (And you can also pray in your own words as well!)
Short Daily Catholic Prayers
Christ conquers! Christ reigns! Christ orders!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Most pure and just Heart of Joseph, pray for us.
Jesus, I trust in You.
O Sacrament most holy,
O Sacrament divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be every moment Thine.
May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored, and loved, with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us!
Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day (or this night) to keep us without sin.
My God, I love Thee.
My Jesus, mercy!
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.
O Jesus, Friend of the little ones, bless the children of the whole world.
May the Most Blessed Sacrament be forever praised and adored.
Through the sign of the cross, deliver us from our enemies, O God.
We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee, because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
I thank Thee, O Lord, for having died upon the cross for my sins.
O good Jesus, hide me within Thy wounds.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in satisfaction for my sins, for the relief of the souls in Purgatory, and for the wants of holy Church.
Reward, O Lord, with eternal life all those who do good to us for Thy Name’s sake.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.
All for Thee, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Love, honor, and glory be to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception of the most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us.
O Mary, queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us numerous and holy priests.
Help us, Joseph, in our earthly strife, ever to lead a pure and blameless life.
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, patroness of the missions, pray for us.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Dear Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
From a sudden and unprovided death, O Lord, deliver us.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.
My God and my All.
O Lord, increase our faith.
O Heart of Jesus, all for Thee.
O Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, inflame our hearts with love for Thee.
O Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.
O Lord, save us, we are perishing!
Send, O Lord, laborers into Thy harvest.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine!
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us Your peace.
Sweet Jesus, I unite my sufferings to Thine.
O my holy Guardian Angel, protect me against all the powers of darkness.
May the most just, most high and most adorable Will of God be in all things done, praised and magnified, forever and ever. Amen.