VI. Thanksgiving, Offering, and Petition
(Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer,
"Whoever loves Me will keep My word, and My
Father will love him, and We will come to
him and make Our dwelling with him." (John 15.23)
The Gifts of Prayer
With gratitude for gifts of grace
And the blessings His love bestows,
Astounded by heaven's embrace -
Heartfelt thanksgiving overflows.
With heart surrendered to His will
And determined to persevere,
Knowing that the cross can fulfill
A loving zeal's lifted from fear.
The mind recalls the souls prayed for;
The heart begs Him to intercede,
With loving mercy, to outpour
His grace to fill their ev'ry need.
The total gift of self prepares
The soul to receive heaven's Guest;
Nearing the close of mental prayer,
The soul enters into His rest.
The gifts of prayer sought from the
Are manifest in grace outpoured.
"All that the beginner in prayer has to do
-- and you must not forget this, for it is
very important -- is to labor and be resolute
and prepare himself with all possible diligence
to bring his will into conformity with the
will of God. As I shall say later, you may
be quite sure that this comprises the very
greatest perfection which can be attained
on the spiritual road. The more perfectly
a person practices it, the more he will receive
of the Lord and the greater the progress
he will make on this road." (St Teresa of Jesus, Interior Castle,
Holy Spirit, ignite the zeal of my
with humble gratitude and determination
do Your will, that I may be made a
instrument for the outpouring of Your
on souls. Amen.
(c) Paul Buis, 2007