Our Morning Offering – 8 February
Help us, Defend us,
O Lord, our God
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Help us, O Lord, our God,
since we cannot flee from the body,
nor the body flee from us,
we must carry it about
because it is bound up with us.
We cannot destroy it,
we are forced to preserve it.
But the world surrounds us and assails us
through the five gateways of sense.
Alas! Everywhere we are in conflict,
everywhere darts fly against us,
everywhere there are temptations,
there are snares!
Deliver us, we beseech You,
from our enemies,
defend us from all dangers to the soul
and to the body, Lord,
that at length we may come to Your eternal rest,
through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.