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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Surrender

Lord, Jesus Christ, I ask the grace to accept the sadness in my heart, as your will for me, in this moment. I offer it up, in union with your sufferings, for those who are in deepest need of your redeeming grace.  I surrender myself to your Father's will and I ask you to help me to move on to the next task that you have set for me. 

Spirit of Christ, help me to enter into a deeper union with you. Lead me away from dwelling on the hurt I feel: 

to thoughts of charity for those who need my love,
to thoughts of compassion for those who need my care, and
to thoughts of giving to those who need my help. 

As I give myself to you, help me to provide for the salvation of those who come to me in need. 

May I find my healing in this giving.
May I always accept God's will. 
May I find my true self by living for others in a spirit of sacrifice and suffering. 
May I die more fully to myself, and live more fully in you.

As I seek to surrender to the Father's will, may I come to trust that he will do everything for me. 

(adapted from the spiritual teachings of Rev. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.)

4 comments:

Angela M. said...

EWTN will have a program on about Fr. Ciszek.

Terry Nelson said...

I love Fr. Ciszek - the Abandonement to Divine Providence Jesuit for our times. I'm also so happy you can make a retreat with the Cistercians - that should be wonderful.

Anonymous said...

As part of my Lenten devotions, I am reading a book on the dolors of Mother Mary. One of the biggest impressions on me from the book is the necessity of sorrow/suffering to produce increased holiness.

Warren said...

I had this prayer hanging on the inside of my front door for over a year. It is a wonderful prayer.

W