Prayer of Abandonment by Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; Do with me whatever you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you; I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your Will be done in me, And in all your creatures - I wish no more than This, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my spirit; I offer it to you with All the love of my heart, For I do love you, Lord, And so need to give myself, To surrender myself into your hands, Without reserve, And with boundless confidence, For you are my Father.
Prayer of Thomas Merton
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of
me Nor do I really know myself, And the fact that I think I am following Your will Does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you Does in fact please you. And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road
Though I may know nothing about
Therefore will I trust you always
Though, I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone.
Prayer for Evangelization
Loving God, you called each of us by name, and gave your only Son to redeem us. In you faithfulness, you sent the Holy Spirit to complete the mission of Jesus among us. Open our hearts to Jesus. Give us the courage to speak his name to those who are close to us, and the generosity to share his love with those who are far away. We pray that every person throughout the world be invited to know and love Jesus as Savior and Redeemer. May they come to know his all-surpassing love. May that love transform every element of our society. Amen
Absolute Trust in God Pope John XXIII
My experience during these three years as Pope…bears witness to this maxim and is a moving and lasting reason for me to be true to it: absolute trust in God, in all that concerns the present, and perfect tranquility as regards the future. The various initiatives of a pastoral character which mark this fist stage of my papal apostolate have all come to me as pure, tranquil, loving, I might even say silent, inspiration from the Lord, speaking to the heart of his poor servant who, through no merit of his own save that very simple merit of mere acquiescence and obedience, without discussion, has been able to contribute to the honor of Jesus and the edification of souls.
Prayer for Discernment
God, I know you love me and have great plans for me. But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the thought of my future. Show me how to walk forward one day at a time.
May I take heart while I search openly, learn about all the choices, listen to others for advice, and pay attention to my own feelings.
By doing these things, may I hear your call to a lifestyle and a career that will let me love as only I can, and let me serve others with the special gifts that you have given me.
Thy WIll Be Done from St. Cyprian's Treatise on the Lord's Prayer
It is the will of God that Christ both did and taught. Humility in dealings with others; steadfastness in faith; modesty in words; justice in deeds; mercifulness in works; discipline in morals.
To be unable to do a wrong, and to be able to bear a wrong when it is done; to keep peace with the brethren; to love God with all one’s heart; to love God because He is a Father but fear Him because He is God; to prefer nothing whatever to Christ because he preferred nothing to us; to adhere inseparably to his love; to stand faithfully and bravely by his cross; when there is any conflict over his name and honor, to exhibit in discourse that steadfastness in which we proclaim him; in torture, to show that confidence in which we unite; in death, that patience in which we are crowned
This is what it means to want to be co-heirs with Christ, this is what it means to do what God commands, this is what it is to fulfill the will of the Father.
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