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Abandonment Prayer

 
   
Charles de Foucauld composed this prayer as he meditated on the death of Jesus on the Cross:

This was the last prayer of our Master, our Beloved. May it also be ours. And may it be not only that of our last moment, but also of our every moment:

Father,
I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures -- I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

This prayer by Brother Charles encapsulates his spirituality. The Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary recite this prayer every morning at the beginning of their day.

We recommend this prayer to everyone who desires to love God with greater intimacy and trust. To abandon ourselves to God's will is the only sure road to peace of mind.

 

Last known photograph of Charles, taken during the final year of his life.

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