Sunday, November 13, 2005

Prayer of Abandonment

A friend once cryptically remarked that this is a particularly powerful prayer and should never be said lightly. That remark always gives me pause for thought, and I never quite feel 'honest' saying the following:

I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what 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 soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I 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.

Bl. Charles de Foucauld

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