My God, my Father and my All, the Beginning and the End of my existence; the most abject and wretched of all thy creatures, I prostrate myself before the great throne of thy ineffable Majesty; I worship thee and bless thee with all the faculties of my soul and body.
I believe in thee, O Truth subsisting in thyself and essential; I hope in thee, O Omnipotent Mercy; I love thee O infinite Goodness and Beauty.
In the sight of my extreme nothingness, I beseech the help of thy merciful power, the assistance and protection of Mary, thy Mother and mine, and that of all the Angels and Saints enjoying thy presence, that I may be able to thank thee in some way for the gifts and favours thou hast deigned to grant me in thy powerful goodness from the first moment of my existence to the present hour; for having seen fit to think of me, miserable worm of this earth, from all eternity; for having freely decreed my existence in preference to so many other possible things; and especially for having granted me another day in which to love and serve thee.
I am on this earth for the sole purpose of serving thee, O my God, and saving my soul. And all other things, great or small, within or around me, must disappear and be as if they did not exist to my eyes, from the moment in which they cease to be for me that for which You have created them to be, that is, the means to a great end.
I desire and firmly resolve today to use all created things in such a way and only in so far as they help me to attain to my end, to have a disposition of holy indifference regarding that which depends upon my free choice and towards which I am not bound by any obligation. I am ready to accept indifferently from thy hands and in the way which is pleasing to thee health or sickness, riches or poverty, honour or dishonour, a long life or a short one, and thus in all other things, choosing only what is most conformed to thy Glory, which is my final aim.
Grant that my intellect, my memory and my free will may be thine forever. I consecrate every beat of my heart, every breath, every word, and every movement of my soul and body to thee, my God, with the sole desire of singing, with every faculty I have, a long hymn of praise to thee, a hymn of expiation for my sins and of thanksgiving for thy graces and benefits.
I greet thee, O my Jesus, as my eternal King and Saviour, and set myself, therefore, under thy standard, ready to follow thee wherever thou wilt call me. And if thou art so good as to call me to imitate thee more closely and intimately in poverty, humiliation and suffering… I am ready, dear Jesus: speak, because thy servant heareth, but assist me in my weakness.
I desire to love thee so much, my Master, and abase myself so much in humility and obedience before thee, so as to prefer not only every evil, including death, to mortal or venial sin, but to prefer that loss and suffering also in the cases in which thy glory and honour are likewise promoted.
I detest and weep over my sins and negligences, which like a huge mountain rise up before me, and which I oppose with the Passion of my Lord.
I weep over the sins and iniquities of the whole world, especially over the sacrileges and indifference which is shown to thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament of thy love. I desire to make reparation and expiation for all these faults. I desire to live spiritually within the tabernacle with thee, to visit thee and adore thee and receive thee spiritually wherever thou art present under the sacramental veil and there, at the foot of thy Eucharistic throne, to live and die.
I beseech thee for the propagation of the Faith, for the conversion of England and of the world. I pray to thee for the Church and for thy Vicar; for the Princes and Rulers; for the youth and for the aged; for Priests and religious; for the intentions entrusted to me; for N.N.; for the souls in Purgatory.
O Jesus, I love thee, I love thee and desire to love thee forever.
Mary, my immaculate and sorrowful Mother, lead me to Jesus.
My Guardian Angel and Protector Saints, pray for me.
– Cardinal Merry del Val