A Catholic Writer’s Prayer

This has been my prayer for many years. 

I reread it often. Rather, I pray it often. 

I’m happy to share it with you, and if you do pray it, kindly send one up for me too. Thank you.




Heavenly Father,
there have been fits and starts to my creative life.
Help me to live more deliberately
in the creative flow of your Holy Spirit.
Let Jesus, the Word made flesh,
show me, by true incarnation,
how to use my words
for good and not for evil —
to bring comfort, hope, and healing…
to evangelize and catechize…
but always, always, with love and in love.

Lord, give me the ability
to trust you as the Creator of my life,
and the Giver of my gifts.
Help me to trust the gifts you have given me
and to use them for your glory.
Help me not to worry who gets the credit
and to be generous in what I give>
Let me provide the quantity and
leave the quality to you.

Let me start and let me finish with You, Lord,
and in You — let me be assisted
through the gentle mediation of Mary, my Mother.

Lead me not into doctrinal error
and do not let me lead anyone astray…
only close to You, Lord —
for me and for whatever audience you give me–
whomever they may be, wherever they may be.

Use me, Lord.
I’m ready to do your Will.
Thank you for the gifts and
thank you for the years of my life that remain.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Hail Mary…  

St Francis de Sales, pray for us.


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12 comments on “A Catholic Writer’s Prayer

  1. Scott Hallal-Negishi says:

    Your writing is both spiritual and of a high quality, which creates a nice blend of religious and aesthetics.

  2. A lovely reminder for all Catholic writers. Thank you!

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Mary!

  3. bego says:

    I love this. Steve recommended it a couple of weeks ago 🙂

    1. Pat says:

      Bego, you might like this. It was written on a scrap of paper that I kept in my purse for years. I decided to hit “publish” so I would not lose it. I lose so many things.

  4. Marcia says:

    Thank You for sharing such a beautiful prayer. It sums up perfectly the best way to think about how we can use our God given gifts to shine the Light of Christ into the world. I’ve wanted to share my writing for a long time, now I feel truly inspired.

    1. Pat says:

      I hope you are writing! Thanks for leaving a comment!

  5. What a beautiful prayer! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Kris says:

      Thanks for sharing this. It really helps a lot.

      1. Pat says:

        You are welcome!

  6. Patricia V says:

    Thank you for the prayer. I do not know how to finish my stories. I have wonderful ideas and I start but not yet complete any of them
    Thanks for reminding me that God will guide me.

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