May everything we do
Begin with your inspiration
And continue with your saving help.
Let our work always find its origin in you
and through you reach completion.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the
one God, for ever and ever.
from the Liturgy of the Hours,
Monday, Week 1
THE ROAD AHEAD
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that 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 I have that desire
in all that I am doing.
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
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 perils alone.
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
I AM READY...I ACCEPT
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.
Charles de Foucauld
Lord, I freely yield all my freedom to you.
Take my memory, my intellect and my entire will.
You have given me anything I am or have;
I give it back to you to stand under your will alone.
Your love and your grace are enough for me;
I shall ask for nothing more.
St. Ignatius Loyola