Actiones nostras, quaesumus Domine, aspirando praeveni et adiuvando prosequere: ut cuncta nostra oratio et operatio a te semper incipiat, et per te coepta finiatur. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
So goes the prayer that is prayed everyday at Pretiosa during the Office for the Sisters, and in the “Prayers Before School” for the girls in St Dominic’s. In it we beseech God to “direct… our prayers and our actions by [His] holy inspirations and carry them on by [His] gracious assistance,” so that “every work (and prayer) of ours may always begin from [Him], and by [Him] be happily ended.”
The last few weeks have been busy indeed, not just with the flowers bursting into bloom and the bees picking up their activity, but also in the events that have enriched the life of all here in Wanganui.
May God continue to help and bless us, so we may indeed purify our hearts and intentions, and do everything for love of Him. After all, it is only in God that “we live and move and have our being” (Acts of the Apostles 17:28). Let us sing with the psalmist: “Blessed is the man whose help is from thee: in his heart he hath disposed to ascend by steps, in the vale of tears, in the place which he hath set (Ps 83:6).”