Praying to the Father

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FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ
and my FATHER,
FATHER from whom all fatherhood takes its name
in heaven and on earth,
I adore Thee.

FATHER of infinite majesty,
I come to Thee
through the pierced Heart of Thine Only-Begotten Son.

Look upon His adorable Face,
and for the sake of the love that Thou seest upon It,
cast me not away from Thy presence
and forgive me all my sins.

When Thou lookest upon the Face of Thy Son,
see there my face;
and when Thou lookest upon me,
deign to see His.

I dare to pray thus
because Thou, Father, hast given me to Thy Son,
and because Thy Son hath given me to Thee.

Most merciful FATHER,
remove from my heart
every lack of confidence in Thy love for me,
every doubt,
every fear of being forsaken,
or cruelly punished,
or turned away.

Fill me instead with a spirit of trust in Thee,
with confidence in Thy paternal love,
and with a humble security
that nothing will be able to shake or trouble.

FATHER, I willingly abandon every plan of my own devising,
and offer myself to Thee
for the fulfillment of Thy perfect plan,
the plan conceived in love,
that is Thine.

I lay aside my will,
twisted by sin
and so often in conflict with Thy Will,
to enter with all my heart
into the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemani:
FATHER, not my will, but Thine be done.

By the inpouring of the Holy Ghost,
banish from my soul
all fear and insecurity,
all doubt and cowardice.
Fill me, instead, with a filial piety:
one that is confident, and tender, and unwavering.

To Thy mercy
I surrender my past
with its burden of sin.
To Thy glory
I offer the present moment
in thanksgiving and in praise.
To Thy sweet providence,
I entrust the future
and all it holds.

Thou art my FATHER
and Thou hast made me Thine own adopted son.
Grant that I may live, henceforth,
in the grace of this divine adoption,
by casting myself upon Thy paternal Heart,
and by experiencing
through Jesus,
with Jesus,
and in Jesus
what it is to have a FATHER Who is God,
and a GOD Who is Father.
Amen.

2 Comments

Thank you Father Kirby for sharing this most beautiful prayer! I felt like Mary our Mother was taking my hand and leading me through this prayer to Our Father and finding comfort, rest and peace in Him. Not to mention the last two homilies on Mary Our Mother of the Rosary and Motherhood which moved right into my soul. I hope we will be able to find those here on your website. God bless!

I have become intrigued by Benedict's grafting of the verse "God come to my assistance, Lord make haste to help me" into his Rule....and began to wonder just how this verse came into the Roman Breviary? (Did Benedict weave this verse into the Breviary b/c of his recommendation that it preface the daytime hours...?) Would you have any particulars regarding the appearance of this verse in the Breviary? I am familiar with Cassian's Conferences and the profound impact of Cassian on Benedict, yet have not been able to find much regarding the use of this Psalm-verse in the Breviary, and when it first appeared there. Would appreciate any insight you may have! Grace and Peace, -- Lori

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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