Added January 20, 2020,

this is a prayer that I have used for over fifty years,

and has guided me through many storms and sunsets and sunrises.

  For me, it is the essence of spirituality and life.

 

My Prayer

 

Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee;

Thou only knowest what I need;

Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself.

O Father! Give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask.

 I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations;

I simply present myself before Thee,

I open my heart to Thee.

Behold my needs which I know not myself;

see and do according to Thy tender mercy.

Smite, or heal;

depress me, or raise me up;

I adore all Thy purposes without knowing them;

I am silent;

I offer myself in sacrifice;

I yield myself to Thee;

I would have no other desire than to accomplish Thy will.

 Teach me to pray.

Pray Thyself in me.

 

 

 Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Archbishop of Cambray, 1651-1715 AD

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