Thursday, November 13, 2008

Abandonment

Father, 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

2 comments:

Steve T. said...

The sheer wonder of that statue, the awe and pain, yes pain it inspires, truly defines the Gethsemani moment. When I'm at my wits end I often visualize that statue and remember how truly human Christ was in that moment. The sheer terror of knowing the agony he was about to face, and all for love! A love that we have trouble returning, even if we are in love with Jesus. Thank you for this today. I needed it.

MaryH said...

Awesome photo. Abandonment isn't that difficult to do when you've reached a certain point when you, like the disciples, realize "Lord, to whom should we go?" In those moments when we realize we just can't do it without God. It's much harder to abandon one's idea's hope's plans when we haven't reached a dead end, yet, but with God's grace we can realize that without him, even in the good times - when things are rolln' along, that we can't do it without him: "unless the Lord build the house, the workmen labor in vain."

In Chirst, Mary
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