for Inmates and Correction Officers
Most gracious Father, bless with your special care all jails,
penitentiaries and homes of refuge.
Look with pity on those who are housed there. Guide and
protect those who have returned to the world. Grant all of
them true contrition for past sins, and strengthen them in
their good resolutions.
Lead them along from grace to grace so that by the help of
the Holy Spirit they may persevere in the ways of obedience
and humility, and in the struggle against evil thoughts and
Grant the Holy Spirit to those engaged in teaching and
training them, that they might have a right judgment with
respect to those entrusted to them. May they labor for love
of your with deep humility and singleness of purpose, purity
of heart and life, and true zeal for your glory and the
salvation of souls.
Give them faith and love to sustain them in disappointment,
love and patience toward those under them, and in your own
good time crown their work with an eternal recompense.
- The Police Officer's Prayer to St. Michael
You know, Saint
Michael, from your own experiences with the devil that the police officer's
lot on earth is not always a happy one;
but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so
surprised the devil,
and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.
And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your heavenly force,
where we will be as proud to guard the
throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all the people.