0 sovereign goodness of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Thy arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth whither Thou wilt;
I will not regard the way through which Thou wilt have me pass,
but keep my eyes fixed upon Thee,
my God, who guidest me.
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.
Therefore I resolve with Thy Divine assistance,
0 my Saviour,
to follow Thy desires and Thy ordinances,
without regarding or examining why Thou dost this rather than that;
but I will blindly follow Thee
according to Thy Divine will,
without seeking my own inclinations.
Hence I am determined to leave all to Thee,
taking no part therein save by keeping myself in peace in Thy arms,
desiring nothing except as Thou incitest me to desire,
to will, to wish.
I offer Thee this desire, 0 my God,
beseeching Thee to bless it;
I undertake all it includes,
relying on Thy goodness,
liberality, and mercy,
with entire confidence in Thee,
distrust of myself,
and knowledge of my infinite misery and infirmity.
By Saint Jane Frances De Chantal
Saturday, June 14, 2014
How many of us would truly dare to pray this prayer? If you really think about what the words mean, it's not an easy prayer to make, given our human nature. Basically it means giving up our "right" to live as we wish, to do whatever we want every moment of each day. Yet this is exactly what we need to be truly free: to voluntarily enslave ourselves to God. The world cannot understand this. Yet this is exactly what we need: an army of Catholics willing to make this their prayer each day. God could work wonders for the renewal of our culture and civilization with such an army.