As an Amazon affiliate, this site earns from qualifying purchases.

The Prayer for Generosity

About the Prayer for Generosity

This prayer is often attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, but it was probably not actually written by him. Even so, it is sometimes called the St. Ignatius Prayer. Much as the Peace Prayer is called the Prayer of St. Francis even though it was not written by Francis of Assisi.

It does however reflect the attitude of St. Ignatius, that all we have is given to us to serve God. As he put it:

God created human beings to praise, reverence, and serve God, and by doing this, to save their souls. God created all other things on the face of the earth to help fulfill this purpose.

First Principle and Foundation

No matter who wrote it, it is a good prayer to recall that all we have is from God and to ask Him to increase our willingness to give all back to him.

The Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve you as you deserve,
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to seek reward,
Except that of knowing that I do your will.

Other Resources

Suscipe (Take Lord, Receive Prayer)

This prayer is attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola. It is another beautiful expression of giving all we have and are back to God.

More Background on This Prayer

Read more about the possible background of this prayer. It may have originally been written by a French Jesuit, but the origin remains uncertain.

Join our email list to receive weekly emails with Catholic reflections and more.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copy link