Among Mother Seton’s last prayers was one of her favorites – the Anima Christi (Soul of Christ), a prayer attributed to St. Ignatius Loyola. Elizabeth’s paraphrase of the Anima Christi was written in her own hand on the flyleaf of her prayerbook.

The prayer has rich associations with the Passion and Body and Blood of Christ.  Each phrase, depicted in the image, is a meditation in its own right. 

 

Soul of Jesus, sanctify me
Blood of Jesus, wash me
Passion of Jesus, comfort me
Wounds of Jesus, hide me
Heart of Jesus, receive me
Spirit of Jesus, enliven me
Goodness of Jesus, pardon me
Beauty of Jesus, draw me
Humility of Jesus, humble me
Peace of Jesus, pacify me
Love of Jesus, inflame me
Kingdom of Jesus, come to me
Grace of Jesus, replenish me
Mercy of Jesus, pity me
Sanctity of Jesus, sanctify me
Cross of Jesus, support me
Nails of Jesus, hold me
Mouth of Jesus, bless me
in life, in death, in time, in eternity,
in the hour of death, defend me,
call me to come to thee, receive me
with thy saints, in glory everlasting.
 
– Catherine Salani (SC collaborator, educator, artist)
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