Jesus, Let me not
but please, let "luck" be my ally, and let me be
hidden to miss the devil when the Evil One passes by.
my ally against temptation and all evil allurements.
Let me cross the
road when satanic seduction lies ahead.
Let me see through,
and resist, the ruses
of Satan and his vicious minions.
Let me be interrupted
by the busy world
when temptation comes to my mind,
and let me be mentally preoccupied when
the body is tempted to sin.
Send me the intrusion
of another person, please, when loneliness breeds evil,
and please give me the coincidence
of a departure when company could lead
me to temptation.
Let me put a particular
guard on my mouth
so as not to spread gossip or speak evil
of any person.
Make luck my ally,
but when chance fails
and temptation comes, give me ferocious
moral strength and great saving grace
to stop in my tracks, to turn my head,
to close my ears, to shut my eyes,
to barricade my mind, to approach or withdraw from my fellow
humans, that I may not give in to evil, and that I may find
the safe way home to Your waiting arms
in the hall of Your saints.
All this I pray with
enduring trust, and deepest love, my God,