My Life, My Light, My Strength
Beloved Lord, this is the second day of my
retreat. If the first has not been so well
spend as I should have wished, nor so silent
as I had proposed it should be, I shall strive
that today may be better.
I beg of You, true life of my soul, to penetrate
my heart with Your light. Let me feel Your
presence. Let me feel the need I have of
Grant that things of the world may not have
so great a hold on me, that they may not
blind me to the real value of life.
Although I am not worldly to any great extent,
although I receive You, sweet Lord, quite
frequently in Holy Communion, and am faithful
to the requirements of the Church, although
I see nothing in my heart that startles or
frightens me; still I know for all that,
my life, my inner life, my true life, the
life that counts in Your sight, may be very
shallow, very shabby, empty of the things
of real worth.
I realize, divine Master, that no matter
how crowded with human affairs my day may
be, no matter how many social wheels I turn,
unless I live a life of prayer, earnestly
striving to grow daily better, more kind
and more thoughtful of others; unless I accept
the difficulties of everyday life with patience
and carry my cross with a cheerful and loving
heart; unless I do this, my life is of very
Teach me, beloved Strength of my soul, to
have recourse to prayer in every event of
life. Let me feel the need of the Blessed
Sacrament. When my heart is sad, or wounded,
or I am worried,
Disappointed, or perhaps chafing under
unkindness, draw me to You, tender
Make me realize that at such times
alone can be of any help to me.
If my lips cannot utter a syllable, let me
at least kneel in silence before You.
What need have You, kind Light of my
what need have You, that I should tell
that I suffer? You know the pains hidden
from all the world, the annoyances
must bear alone, heartaches that checker
my entire life, the endless chafing
robs life of its glow and weighs heavily
upon my untempered heart.
Teach me, beloved Lord, to profit by the
suffering that comes across my path. Let
me so use it that it may mellow me, not harden
and embitter me, that it may make me patient,
not irritable, broad in my forgiveness, not
narrow, haughty and overbearing.
Bless then this second day, dearest Master.
Grant that I may better understand myself
and what You expect of me.
Let my day be one of more serious thought
and reflection, an opening out of a broader,
more unselfish life, a life more in touch
with Yours, sweet Lord, so that from now
on every thought, word and act may be rich
in good to my own soul , may overflow into
the souls of others and may give pleasure
to my beloved King who is my life, my light,
my strength and my everlasting joy.
J. S. E., RABBONI: Heart to Heart Before
Cincinnati, Ohio: Ursuline Nuns, 1920.
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