In his foreword to this illustrious collection of prayers, the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame writes:
"This Notre Dame Book of Prayer offers us a way to rediscover those sacred spaces, in the midst of our daily lives, wherever God has called us, where we can be filled with the knowledge of God in every minute, no matter how insignificant or momentous the time may appear to us."
The book is organized around 12 iconic places on campus and includes many prayers from students, faculty, and friends of the University of Notre Dame. There are prayers for New Beginnings, for Everyday Life, for Meals and Family Experiences, for Praise and Celebration, for Work and Study, for Times of Struggle, for Thanksgiving and Gratitude, for the Seasons, for the World, for Parish Life and Sacramental Moments, for Mary and the Saints, and for Endings and Transitions. Here is a sampler of some of the shorter prayers from this excellent collection:
Prayer for Openness to New Experiences
"Lord, take me where you want me to go,
let me meet who you want me to meet,
tell me what you want me to say,
and keep me out of your way."
— Mychal Judge
Remembering the Hungry
"For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
for faith in a world where many walk in fear;
for friends in a world where many walk alone;
we give you thanks, O Lord."
— Huron Hunger Fund
May There Always Be Work
"May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you and
may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."
— Traditional Irish Blessing
God forgives you.
— New Zealand Prayer Book
A Simple Prayer
"May all be fed.
May all be healed.
May all be loved."
— John Robbins
May the long time sun
shine upon you,
all love surround you,
and the pure light within you
guide your way on."
— Traditional Yoga Blessing