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We must offer ourselves and all that is ours to God June 1, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Interior Life, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
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From Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book IV Chapter 9.  I thought it appropriate for this First Friday of June, Ember Friday of Pentecost, and feast of St. Angela Merici.

Disciple:

Lord, all things are Thine that are in Heaven and on earth.  I desire to offer myself up to Thee as a voluntary oblation, and to remain forever Thine. [Oh, how I do make this offering, but Lord forgive me, I just as often pull that offering back.  Why can’t remain committed to You, instead of constantly serving myself?] 

Lord, in the sincerity of my heart I offer myself to Thee this day to be Thy servant evermore, to serve Thee, and to become a sacrifice for perpetual praise to Thee. 

Receive me with this sacred oblation of Thy precious Body, which I offer to Thee this day, in the presence of Thy angels invisibly standing by, that it may be for mine and all the people’s salvation.

Lord, I offer to Thee all my sins and offences, which I have committed in Thy sight and that of Thy holy angels, from the day that I was first capable of sin until this hour, upon Thy propitiatory altar, that Thou mayst burn and consume them all with the fire of Thy charity, and remove al the stains of my sins, and cleanse my conscience from all offences and restore to me Thy Grace, which I have lost by sin, by fully pardoning me all, and mercifully recieving me to the kiss of peace (Heb 9:13-14). [Lord, do I need to hear this today.  I do make this offering to You of all my many sins.  May Your Name be forever glorified]

What can I do for my sins but humbly confess them, and lament them, and incessantly implore Thy mercy for them?

Hear me, I beseech thee, in Thy mercy, when I stand before Thee, O my God.

All my sins displease me exceedingly, I will never commit them anymore; I am sorry for them, and will be sorry for them as long as I live; I am willing to do penance for them, and to make satisfaction to the utmost of my power.

Forgive, O my God, forgive me my sins for Thy Holy Name’s sake; save my soul, which Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood (1 Pet 1:19)

Behold, I commit myself to Thy mercy; I resign myself into Thy hands.  Deal with me according to Thy goodness (Ps 118:124), not according to my wickedness and iniquity (Ps 102:10)

I offer also to Thee all the good I have, though very little and imperfect; that Thou mayst make it better and sanctify it; that Thou mayst be pleased with it and make it acceptable to Thee, and perfect it more and more; and mayst moreover bring me, who am a slothful and unprofitable wretch, to a good and happy end.

I offer to Thee also all the godly desires of Thy devout servants, the necessities of my parents, friends, brethren, sisters, and all of those that are dear to me; and of all such as, for the love of Thee, have been benefactors to me or others; or who have desired and begged of me to offer up prayers and Masses for themselves and all that belong to them………

That they may be sensible of the assistance of Thy Grace, of the benefit of Thy comfort, of Thy protection from dangers, and of a deliverance from their pains, and that being freed from all evils they may with joy give worthy thanks to Thee.

I offer up also to Thee  my pryaers and this sacrifice of propitiation for those in particular who have in any thing wronged, grieved, or abused me, or have done me any damage or displeasure.

And for all those likewise whom I have at any time grieved, troubled, injured, or scandalized, by word, or deed, knowingly or unknowingly; that it may please Thee to forgive us all our sins and offences one against another.

Take, O Lord, from our hearts all jealousy, indignation, wrath, and contention, and whatsoever may hurt charity, and lessen brotherly love.

Have mercy, O Lord, have mercy on those that crave Thy Mercy; give Grace to them that stand in need thereof, and grant that we may be worthy to enjoy Thy Grace, and that we may attain to life everlasting. Amen.

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Thank you, Lord, for speaking through Your servant Thomas a Kempis.  These words mean so much to me.

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