Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Internet Prayer

We need all the help we can get. The internet is a mixed blessing--much good and much evil therein. It is a good idea for us to say...

A prayer before connecting to the internet
— Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Some years ago there was much chat about having St. Isidore of Seville (+636) proposed as the patron saint of the internet. I was asked to write a prayer people could recite before using the internet. It seemed to me that that was a good idea. I wrote the prayer in Latin and submitted it, with a translation into English, to a bishop who gave it his approval.

Please know that I am quite happy for people to use this prayer. I kindly ask that you give attribution. Also, if you would like to offer a translation into another language, please send it. I am waiting for a translation in Tamil right now.


Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thine image
and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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