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“I GIVE THEE ALL I POSSESS” – THE ENTIRE SURRENDER TO GOD

Suscipe – Offering Prayer to Our Lord

O my God! Thou hast made me very rich indeed.

My heart has treasures of love; I give them to thee!

I have a family, and thou knowest how I love them. If thou willest that death should lead them to heaven before me, my God, I say, but I say weeping: I give them to thee!

I have friends… If it is thy will that they should forget me; believe me guilty of wrong; withdraw from me, leaving my heart so isolated, that will be very painful and hard to bear; I give them to thee!

I have worldly goods, which afford me a certain degree of ease, and permit me to indulge in the sweet pleasure of giving alms to others poorer than I… If thou willst to take them from me degrees, even reducing me to absolute want; I give them to thee.

I have members that thou hast given me… If thou willest that paralysis should render my arms useless, that my eyes should cease to see the light of day, that my tongue may no longer articulate a word, O my God, I give thee all!

In exchange grant my thy love and thy grace, and then… nothing more but heaven.

Accept, O Lord, my Mind.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Prayers for Today

 

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ACCEPT, O LORD, MY MIND

Accept, O Lord, my entire Liberty.

Accept my Memory.

Accept, O Lord, my Mind.

Ah! what deceitful lights have bewildered my understanding. Prayer appeared fatiguing to me, religious duties too absorbing, frequent communion unnecessary, the performance of the duties of my position seemed to be a heavy bondage, and devotion only fit for weak and unloving hearts

Oh! I well knew that all this was not true, and notwithstanding I allowed myself to be half convinced.

But at what time, O my God, have I been more actively employed than when I perfectly fulfilled all my religious duties?

At what time have I been more loving and more mindful of others than when I had the happiness of often receiving Holy Communion?

At what time have I been happier and more free than when I fulfilled all the duties of my state of life?

Accept my understanding, O Lord, and nourish it with the truth.

Teach me that, when dissevered from thee, the pleasures of the senses beget remorse, loathing, weariness and satiety.

The pleasures of the heart cause anxiety, bitterness, anguish, and fears.

The pleasures of the mind are futile and void, producing vanity, jealousies, contradictions, and humiliations.

Teach me that all earthly things are fleeting; that there is nothing true, beautiful, good, and eternal but thee, and thee alone, O my God!

“I give thee all I possess.”

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“ACCEPT, O LORD, MY ENTIRE LIBERTY” – PRAYER TO OUR LORD JESUS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

The devout soul before the Blessed Sacrament and after Holy Communion

Accept, O Lord, my entire Liberty

Bind my hands and lead them whither thou wilt.

Is it thy will that my life should be spent in the midst of turmoil and noise, and amid that unceasing labour which prevents those sweet moments of rest, which are the dreams of the mind and of the heart? If so, may thy will be done.

Is it thy will that, alone, sad, and abandoned, I should remain on earth when all I love have gone to thee in heaven? If so, may thy will be done.

Is it thy will that, unknown to all, and despised even by those whose affection I would most value, I should be looked on as useless on account of my want of talent and affability, or on account of my bad health? If so, may thy will be done.

Is it thy will that I should be torn from my family, placed within the walls of a cloister far, far distant, or in a strange family, thus being destroyed my former habits, affections, comfort, and even that repose of heart and mind which thou hast made so sweet to me? If so, may thy will be done!

Thou art my Master, O Lord! but lead me thyself; remain always near me.

Accept my Memory

My memory, that mysterious book, which is a reflection of the book of eternity, in which at every moment my thoughts, affections, and desires are engraved.

I place it in thy hands, O my God! in order that thou alone mayest efface or write therein.

Leave in it, O Lord! the remembrance of the gravity of my faults, but efface for ever the wicked pleasures of my sins.

If I were to have a glimpse at their guilty sweetness, perchance I would still desire them.

Leave there the sweet memories of my childhood, when I loved thee so simply, O my God! when my father, my mother, and my family were the only objects of my affection; when a trifling untruth, or even the fear of having committed a fault, tormented me till I confided it to my mother.

When I saw my good angel everywhere, aiding me in little tasks, or consoling me in my petty annoyances.

Leave me the remembrance of the first absolution I received, when, with a soul overflowing with joy, I cried out: “I am pardoned, my sins are forgiven!”

And the remembrance of my first communion – oh! restore it to me, my God, with its preparation so awesome but so loving, with its joy so calm, so holy, and sweet that the thought of it still moves me to tears.

Leave me the remembrance of my benefits!

Each year of my life shines before me as if surrounded by an areole of graces: my tenth year, my fifteenth, my eighteenth, my twentieth… How I am reminded of thy goodness, O my God!

Yes, accept my memory, and efface from it everything that could estrange me from thee. May nothing, nothing outside thee and my family be engraven again on it!

Accept, O Lord, my Mind.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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OFFERING PRAYER OF ST IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA – ‘SUSCIPE’

Take, O Lord, and receive
my entire liberty, my memory,
my understanding and my whole will.
All that I am and all that I possess thou hast given me:
I surrender it all to thee
to be disposed of according to thy will.
Give me only thy love and thy grace;
with these I will be rich enough
and will desire nothing more.
Amen.

 

 

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