Give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity

Magnifying the Lord God is our souls’ business (as Brother Burrito just so kindly pointed out), so it is not inappropriate to be distracted again by the essentials of our Christian lives, rather than by our possibly amplified Christmastide waistlines.

Those who may not yet have heard of Friar Alessandro may make his acquaintance here in this cave, the Shepherds Cave at Beit Sahour (in Arabic, “the place of the night watch” of sheep, presumably), near Bethlehem. It is more or less the Franciscan prayer before the San Damiano Cross. With translation from one particular modern form of Latin (or Italian, if you insist), attempted by your humble servant:

Alto e glorioso Dio (by Marco Frisina)

Alto e glorioso Dio,

illumina il cuore mio,

dammi fede retta, speranza certa,

carità perfetta.

Exalted and glorious God,

illumine my heart,

give me true faith, certain hope

and perfect charity.

Dammi umiltà profonda,

dammi senno e cognoscimento,

che io possa sempre servire

con gioia i tuoi comandamenti.

Give me profound humility,

give me right judgment and true self-knowledge,

that I may ever be a joyful servant

of your commandments.

Rapisca, ti prego, Signore,

l’ardente e dolce forza del tuo amore

la mente mia da tutte le cose,

perchè io muoia per amor tuo,

come tu moristi per amor dell’amor mio.

I pray you, Lord,

that the burning sweet power of your love

carry my mind away from all things,

such that I should even die for your sake,

just as you died for my love’s sake.

Repeat verses 1 & 2

(This is not actually your servant’s favourite kind of music. However, Brother Alessandro, a native of Perugia and a friar of Assisi, does have a fine gift and Monsignor Frisina is prolific, well known and appreciated. They both have websites. But it’s the prayer that counts, mainly.)

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15 Responses to Give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity

  1. Shadaan says:

    We only want things from God and that is what we pray for.


  2. The Raven says:


    Your comment displays an ignorance of prayer: not all prayer is petitionary or intercessory. The great majority of an individual’s prayer-life will be spent in contemplative prayer (e.g. When praying the Rosary or Divine Mercy), which asks for nothing.


  3. GC says:

    And also, Raven, purely praise or thanksgiving, but I’m sure you knew that already. “For praise is fitting for loyal hearts”.

    Like this, by Colin Mawby KSG, formerly Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral:


  4. johnhenrycn says:

    “We only want things from God and that is what we pray for.”

    I don’t know who you mean by “We”. Your prayer life, if you have one, sounds meagre. Still, Jesus encourages us to ask God for things (Jn. 16:23-24). But, if you are hoping to win the lottery, Shadaan, you’ll have more luck visting your local witchdoctor.


  5. Everything according to God’s master plan…


  6. Toadspitttle says:

    “Everything according to God’s master plan…”

    Everything… – leprosy, malaria, earthquakes, tsunamis, gout, toothache, The Whim-Whams, The Bogey Man, Walmart, Fatima (for Roger), The Chicken Staggers, St. Vitus’ Dance, Herod’s Evil, Free Will, The disturbing Marxist “Liberalism” of Pope Francis, The Dreaded Lurgy, The Novus Ordo, “CD Jewel Boxes,” Senile Dementia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (really killed a friend of mine), Termites’ Nests, Natural Selection, Perry Como singing “Magic Moments,” Bullfights, The Massacre of the Innocents, The Diet of Worms, The Current Slaughter of Catholics by Muslims practically everywhere these days, Cardinal Burke’s Lace Panties, and – as ever – Mel Gibson movies.

    Good plan God.
    It’s a Wonderful World. Apparently. Clearly.
    Halleujah! (Which I appear to have spelled wrongly, it says. Oh, well.)

    I will regret posting this tomorrow.
    As usual.
    Feel free to “moderate” it to death, chums.


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    “Feel free to “moderate” it to death, chums.”

    No need. Your comment was D.O.A. Do try to rise above the level of 10th graders, or whatever you call juvenile intellectuals over there. But I shall raise a toast to you and your dogs tomorrow night:

    And there’s a han’ my trusty fere,
    And gie’s a han’ o’ thine!
    And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught
    For auld lang syne


  8. GC says:

    Dear Toad, how are you batching? 🙂

    How is it John Denver and Shirley McLaine are not on your “little list, got a little list”?


  9. Toadspitttle says:

    Yes, irrational exuberance. It’s just that the amphibian-brain Toad reacts to “God’s Plan,” the way the reptile-brain Republicans do to “Obamacare.”

    I’m surviving, GC thanks.
    Wife home tomorrow.
    Today house cleaning.
    Sisyphean ain’t the word..


  10. johnhenrycn says:

    I’m not a Republican, but I’d rather be a reptile than an amphibian. Human is better than either, but as far as cold-blooded vertebrates are concerned, I’d rather be a reptile.


  11. kathleen says:

    @ JH 😆

    Dear Toad…. you wouldn’t be suffering from a touch of the ‘Christmas blues’, would you?

    In your list of woes, most of the mentioned can be put down to consequences of sin – Man’s sin. IOW, what we have brought down on ourselves!
    Other things can be explained by the fact that we live our ‘pilgrimage on Earth’ on a moving planet of tectonic plates that favours life. IOW, we need the riskiness of our planet to enjoy the bounty of its life-giving sources.
    The remainder of your list are items that might not be considered ‘woes’ by others!

    Now, how about writing a list of all the wonderful graces and gifts from God to Man that we should be grateful for? Ever tried it? Start off by repeating to yourself the title of this article.

    Many sincere best wishes for a Happy 2014 anyway. 🙂


  12. Toadspitttle says:

    …or would you rather be a reptile, or even JH?

    I shall pray at Mass tomorrow for a Happy New Year for one and all.
    (Although, as Sidney Smith* put it – without any very lively expectation of success.)

    *Anglican, alas.


  13. GC says:

    As I did for you and Rebrites today, Toad, and all the others we meet here.

    Has the physician prescribed any New Year resolutions, Toad?


  14. johnhenrycn says:

    A very sweet video, Toad. Felicitations and blessings to you and all those you love.


  15. GC says:

    In the background, our stats tell us this prayer of St Francis set to music by Monsignor Marco Frisina of the diocese of Rome has a continuing following.


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