When we wake up in the morning the devil tries to snatch the first fruits of the day from God. Many foolish Christians lose these precious moments. The devil, always on the watch to do us harm fills our minds with useless, sad, futile thoughts and unthinking Christians never open their eyes to this deplorable fact.

These first moments of the morning are perhaps the most valuable in the whole of the day because, if we use them as every Christian should, we secure for ourselves a happy day and the certain protection and blessing of God. They deliver us, too, from a thousand dangers and evils. It takes us at least twenty minutes, or half an hour to shower and dress. What are we thinking of during these precious minutes? Often it is about something sad, more often something disagreeable which happened the day before, or else we are worrying about something that we have to do today; our minds are filled with some trouble or annoyance that threatens us. These moments are far from cheerful, far from holy, full of little worries.

Instead they should be full of joy and confidence in God. He has given us a new day. When birds awake, they shake their wings and pour forth their joyous song of praise to their Maker. Surely  we can do as much as these tiny songsters. All the time that we are washing and dressing we should be pouring forth little prayers, chatting as it were, with our sweet Lord, who is, listening to us and loving us. There need not be much effort. The prayers should flow spontaneously from our hearts.

Is this difficult? No it isn't. On the contrary, they fill us with hope and energy, and they banish those sad and depressing thoughts which make so many lives miserable. During the day we can continue them countless times, when walking, working, driving the car, or at home, when changing clothes to go out or undressing at night. But especially when we are inclined to feel sad, rejected, confronted, unjustly wronged, anxious or depressed.  All these thoughts are magnified by the devil, and a short ejaculation will send him on his way, back where he came from and God replaces it with hope, strength and holy energy.

Source: Father Paul O'Sullivan.

There are many beautiful ejaculations but one is the most beautiful of all. The Name of ":Jesus". First of all it is the shortest and the most powerful. Nothing needs to be added, just repeat the name "Jesus". This one Name contains His whole purpose. "Emanuel, God with us". "Jesus, Savior of the world".  He came down from Heaven to be with us in order to save us. By repeating this name we drive the devil from our side and are protected from all kinds of evil, especially evil thoughts!

Mothers with small children, or even working mums may not get much time in the morning to collect their thoughts and channel them into prayer. But everyone, no matter how busy, has time to say a few words. The following prayer is also one of the easiest, and one of the most profitable of all and is to be said first thing in the morning.

O MY JESUS, THROUGH THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, AND IN UNION WITH THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS BEING OFFERED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, I OFFER YOU MY JOYS, PRAYERS, WORKS AND SUFFERINGS OF THIS DAY, IN REPARATION FOR THE SINS COMMITS AGAINST THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, FOR MY SINS AND FOR THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD.