My dear Redeemer,
it is not from custom or human respect
that I come to receive You;
but it is solely to love and be united with You,
to live by You and for You,
to be delivered from my miseries,
to clothe myself with Your virtues,
to strengthen myself against my enemies;
it is to ask from You the exaltation of the Church,
My dear Redeemer,
I hope to love You for all eternity. O Eternal God!
Oh that I had always loved You!
Oh that I had died rather than have offended You!
I give You my will, my liberty;
dispose of me as You please.
May my only happiness be to please You, O Infinite Goodness.
O my God! I rejoice in that You art infinitely happy.
Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
My Jesus, I place all my sins before you.
In my estimation they do not deserve pardon,
but I ask you to close your eyes
to my want of merit
and open them to your infinite merit.
Since you willed to die for my sins,
grant me forgiveness for all of them.
May no longer feel the burden of my sins,
a burden that oppresses me beyond measure.
In 1994, in two separate mission countries, misfortune would cut down two members of the Columban family – one priest and one lay missionary.
My good Angel,
you come from heaven;
God has sent you to take care of me.
Oh, shelter me under your wings.
Lighten my path, direct my steps.
Do not leave me,
stay quite near me
and defend me against the spirit of evil.
But above all come to my help
in the last struggle of my life.
O my Jesus, forgive my ungratefulness
if I loved You too little, after so many graces.
You gave all Yourself to me;
I give all myself to You.
You love those that love You. I love You;
do You also love me.
If I love You only a little,
give me the love You require of me.
What have You not done to oblige me to love You?
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you all my prayers, works,
and suffering of this day:
for all the intentions of your Sacred heart,
in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in reparation for all my sins,
for the intentions of all our associates,
and in particular,
As Morning breaks I think of you, O Lord,
and my desire is to serve You joyfully.
With gladness, I consecrate this day to Your Sacred Heart,
and offer whatever joys and sacrifices may come my way.
Thank You for the graces You will send,
all the love, all the beauty,
and the ways You will answer my prayers.