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A prayer of preparation for Advent…

November 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations, Prayer, Saints and Blesseds

st. Teresa of Avila imagesO my God, Word of the Father, Word made flesh. For the love of us, You assumed a mortal body in order to suffer and be immolated for us. I wish to prepare for Your coming with the burning desires of the prophets and the just who in the Old Testament sighed after You, the one Savior and Redeemer… O Lord, send Him whom You are going to send… As you have promised, come and deliver us! I want to keep Advent in my soul, that is, a continual longing and waiting for this great Mystery wherein You, O Word, become flesh to show me the abyss of Your redeeming, sanctifying mercy.

O sweetest Jesus, You come to me with Your infinite love and the abundance of Your grace; You desire to engulf my soul in torrents of mercy and charity in order to draw it to You. Come, O Lord, come! I, too, wish to run to You with love, but alas! my love is so limited, weak, and imperfect! Make it strong and generous; enable me to overcome myself, so that I can give myself entirely to You.

St. Teresa of Avila (Way of Perfection)

Divine Intimacy – First Sunday of Advent

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Art:  Teresa of Ávila, François Gérard, 1827, PD-US, Wikimedia Commons; Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, mirror from open source material.

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  • http://google Mary

    Thank you Fr. John for this wonderful Prayer. You have helped me immensely by teaching me this Prayer as I prepare for Advent. At least now I have a daily Prayer to help me in my journey of Faith. God Bless you

  • Anonymous

    O sweetest Jesus, You come to me with Your infinite love and the abundance of Your grace; You desire to engulf my soul in torrents of mercy and charity in order to draw it to You. Come, O Lord, come! I, too, wish to run to You with love, but alas! my love is so limited, weak, and imperfect! Make it strong and generous; enable me to overcome myself, so that I can give myself entirely to You.

    How sad that we are so little educated about spiritual realities like this. Just to imagine that Jesus………..God in the flesh…………….wants so badly to love us…….each of us individually………..that he pursues us!!

    That’s more than enough to think about for the next few weeks!!

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