My crucified Love, my dear Jesus!
I believe in Thee,
and confess Thee to be
the true Son of God and my Saviour.
I adore Thee from the abyss of my own nothingness,
and I thank Thee for the death Thou didst suffer for me,
that I might obtain the life of Divine grace.
My beloved Redeemer,
to Thee I owe all my salvation.
Through Thee I have hitherto escaped Hell;
through Thee have I received the pardon of my sins.
But I am so ungrateful that,
instead of loving Thee,
I have repeated my offenses against Thee.
I deserve to be condemned,
so as not to be able to love Thee any more.
But no, my Jesus,
punish me in any other way,
but not in this.
If I have not loved Thee in time past,
I love Thee now;
and I desire nothing but to love Thee with all my heart.
But without Thy help I can do nothing.
Since Thou dost command me to love Thee,
give me also the strength
to fulfill this Thy sweet and loving precept.
Thou has promised to grant all that we ask of Thee:
'You shall ask whatever you will,
and it shall be done unto you.'
Confiding, then, in this promise,
my dear Jesus, I ask, first of all,
pardon of all my sins;
and I repent, above all things,
because I have offended Thee,
O Infinite Goodness!
I ask for holy perseverance in Thy grace till my death.
But, above all,
I ask for the gift of Thy holy love.
Ah, my Jesus, my Hope, my Love, my All,
inflame me with that love
which Thou didst come on earth to enkindle!
For this end,
make me always live in conformity with Thy holy will.
Enlighten me, that I may understand more and more
how worthy Thou art of our love
and that I may know the immense love Thou has borne me,
especially in giving Thy life for me Grant,
then, that I may love Thee with all my heart
and may love Thee always,
and never cease to beg of Thee the grace
to love Thee in this life;
that living always,
and dying in Thy love
I may come one day to love Thee
with all my strength in Heaven,
never to leave off loving Thee for all eternity.
O Mother of beautiful love,
my advocate and refuge, Mary,
who art of all creatures the most beautiful,
the most loving,
and the most beloved of God,
and whose only desire it is to see Him loved!
ah, by the love thou barest to Jesus Christ,
pray for me,
and obtain for me the grace to love Him always,
and with all my heart!
This I ask and hope for from thee.
O good Jesus, I accept willingly this sickness [or trial] which it has pleased you to lay upon me. I confide all my pains to your Sacred Heart, and beg you to unite them with your bitter sufferings, and thus perfect them by making them your own.
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