In the presence of this esteemed company, I recall what I have received. I thank God for having created me … for having redeemed me … for so many personal gifts! For all that I have been given, what ought I return to God? In the spirit of overflowing gratitude and love, I pray:
TAKE, LORD, into your possession,
my complete freedom of action,
my memory, my understanding and my entire will,
all that I have, all that I own: it is your gift to me.
I now return it to you.
It is all yours to be used simply as you wish.
Give me your love and your grace.
It is all I need.
God Living in All Things
I see God's imprint everywhere: in matter, giving it existence; in plants, giving them life; in animals, giving them consciousness; in men and women, giving them intelligence.
God lives in me, giving me existence, life, consciousness, intelligence. More, He makes me his temple, since I have been created wearing the divine image and likeness.
Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. Bless the Lord, my soul; never forget all that he has done for you.
God at Work in All Things
Nothing happens by chance. I think of God energizing all things, as though he were at work in every created reality, in the sky, in matter, plants and fruits, animals, and in me. By acting in every event, God's inscrutable will is in play. He heals me, and through each event, challenges me to grow. All creation is in the hands of Providence.
As a disciple, I am called on to cooperate with the divine plan in building a compassionate world according to my gifts and limitations.
All Good Gifts from Above
I realize that all gifts and benefits come from above. My ability and gifts come from a loving God. They come down like sunbeams from the sun or streams from their source. "The world is charged with the grandeur of God."
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By choosing to be a companion of the Lord, my life is modeled after the Master. This human-divine relationship, real though unequal, this great exchange may sometimes bring exciting and joyful moments, even dull or painful moments, but life with the Lord is always meaningful. I conclude with a favorite prayer or simply an Our Father.
–Paraphrase of the "Contemplation for Obtaining Love" in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. His feast day is celebrated on Friday, July 31st.