My Lord Jesus Christ, Who because of Your love for men remain night and day in the Blessed Sacrament, full of pity and of love, awaiting, calling and welcoming all who come to visit You, I believe that You are present here on the altar. I adore You, and I thank You for all the graces You have bestowed on me, especially for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me Your most holy Mother Mary to plead for me, and for having called me to visit You in this church.
I now salute Your most loving Heart, and that for three ends: first, in thanksgiving for this great gift; secondly, to make amends to You for all the outrages committed against You in this Sacrament by Your enemies; thirdly, I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are present in the Blessed Sacrament and in which You are least honored and most abandoned.
My Jesus, I love You with my whole heart. I am very sorry for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. With the help of Your grace, I purpose never to offend You again. And now, unworthy though I am, I consecrate myself to You without reserve. I renounce and give entirely to You my will, my affection, my desires and all that I possess. For the future, dispose of me and all I have as You please.
All I ask of You is Your holy love, final perseverance and that I may carry out Your will perfectly. I recommend to You the souls in Purgatory, especially those who had the greatest devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to You all poor sinners.
Finally, my dear Saviour, I unite all my desires with the desires of Your most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to the Eternal Father, and beseech Him, in Your name and for love of You, to accept and grant them.
-St. Alphonsus Liguori
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This prayer offers nearly every way to adore and bless Our Lord! It is breathtaking. I can re-read and re-pray it time upon time and still find new nuances, nooks, and crannies.
In worshiping God, we not only are re-gifting ourselves to Him but also striving to align our will to His. This cadence of, “All I ask of You is Your holy love, final perseverance and that I may carry out Your will perfectly,” humbles me.
Somehow my day-to-day prayers have slipped into, “Thanks for help on all my problems, God,” and not, “How can I be a bigger vessel for love and discern Your will?”
Yes, turning to Him for help is a layer of our relationship, but how incomplete if it’s the sum total!
Acknowledging where I am on my prayer journey feels like a good first step. I am recommitting to live out this prayer today and in the days to come. A complete surrender, a contrite heart, and a joyful devotion are my goals for 2018.
Find one part of this prayer that pierces you and shows you how you can go deeper in your relationship with God. There are many parts to choose from!
Let Us Pray
Dear God, I adore you. Remind my careless heart how to worship you more fully this year.
For Your Inspiration
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Nell O’Leary is Managing Editor for Blessed is She, as well as a recovering lawyer married to her law school love. They live with their four kiddos in the great city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She can down a iced chai tea latte in no time flat. Blogging about natural parenting and sewing organic baby textiles are her sanity. Find out more about her here.