Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday & Lent

I hope everyone, who celebrates Lent, will have a blessed Ash Wednesday and Lent. Here is an amazingly wonderful prayer that I found while in Adoration. It is in the January 2009 edition of the Magnificat. I typed it here because it is so wonderful I want everyone who doesn't know about (or like me, subscribe to) the Magnificat to be able to use it. My friend Sara and I are going to say this prayer each day of Lent. We thought it was a perfect prayer for Lent, since it has to do with conversion.  ~Peace

Litany of Ongoing Conversion


Response: Lord, give me the grace of conversion.


Lord Jesus,


When I look at my life from the starting point of my own insufficiencies instead if from the fact of your compassion, grace, and love for me. R


When I would prefer to live by my own thoughts and my own understanding instead of by your Truth which alone can set me

free, R


When I would rather brood over what annoys me than to turn myself over to you who always invite me to come to you, R


When I obsess over self-absorption, complacency, and self-assertiveness, R


When I get dejected about my sin, not because it offends you, but because it prevents me from being able to take delight in myself, R


Whenever I live in a dualistic way, as if my faith and my “real life” are two separate things, R


 When I am deceived into thinking my happiness depends on something in the future instead of what you give me in the present, R


When discouragement and shame make it hard for me to be faithful, R


When I become distraught over the evil I would commit if left to myself, forgetting that I do not live according to myself but that I live in you, R


When self-doubt and fear seem to have the last say, R


When I miss the point of my fragility, a gift you give me so that I will be prompted to rely on you, R


When I am inclined to interpret my problems as punishment and my miseries as being abandoned by God, R


When impenetrability takes over my life, making me resistant to your beauty and all the little ways you ordain to give yourself to me, R


When I get distracted, my emotions, my passions, my regrets, R


When I get duped into thinking I must fix myself up in order to have a relationship with you, forgetting that you come to me with your love just the way I am, R


When I treat my faith like some answer to be sought instead of as a loving Presence to be affirmed, R


When I get discouraged by chronic or recurring sins in my life, R


When I would attempt to earn your favor by my achievements, forgetting that I did not choose you, but it is you who chose me, R


When scandalized by my own selfishness and self-assertion, R


When the oppressive nihilism of life makes me ignore or reduce the desires of my heart that lead me to you, R


When independence or self-sufficiency make me resist the companionship with others through which you will to give me your friendship and tenderness, R


Whenever I treat my preconceptions like idols that drain my life of wonder and simplicity, R


When the evidence of all that is wrong with my life leads me to become paralyzed, indifferent, or lax, R


When I get preoccupied with all my self-justifications try to convince myself that I am lovable, R


When I would rather live my life in a safe and sheltered way instead of living my life as a risk, putting your will first in all things, R


When the daily inner rebellion makes me cynical and negative about what really matters most, R


When my misgivings keep me from receiving the fresh embrace of love you offer me every moment, R


~ Our Father…


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