TAKE & RECEIVE
How many times have you sung this song, and not fully realized the meaning?
Take the time out to fathom the sacrificial spirit behind the words.
Ateneo High School Vocations Promotions Team
Feast of St.Ignatius, 1988
TAKE AND RECEIVE, O LORD, MY LIBERTY
Lord, You have loved me with so great a love that You have given me the capacity to choose--whether to choose wisely or foolishly. Lord, I offer You my ability to make choices--my freedom.TAKE ALL MY WILL, MY MIND, MY MEMORY
Lord, I offer not only my capacity to choose but also my will, everything I have chosen for myself, everything I intensely desire--my noble aspirations. I offer my mind, my consciousness--that which is most precious to me, and my memory--all the fullness of life, that which I fondly treasure in my heart.ALL THINGS I HOLD, AND ALL I OWN ARE THINE,
Not because I reject Your gift of life, but because I acknowledge You as the bestower of all gifts, that I offer all I have and all that I am to You.THINE WAS THE GIFT, TO THEE I ALL RESIGN.
All I have and all I am are gifts from YOu to me. Spare me, O Lord, from owning for myself everything that has come from Your goodness. Remind me, that not having created myself, I myself, am not mine, but Yours.DO THOU DIRECT, AND GOVERN ALL AND SWAY,
I, being Yours, do with me as You wish--for I know You can only desire what in Your divine wisdom will do me good, will grant me joy, will bring me peace.DO WHAT THOU WILT; COMMAND AND I OBEY.
Lord, YOu know how difficult it is for me to surrender my entire self to You, but command, for I will obey--until Your desire for me is what I desire for myself, until Your will becomes my will.ONLY THY GRACE, THY LOVE ON ME BESTOW,
I desire nothing else--neither riches nor power, neither honor nor fame, neither talents nor wisdom, neither friends nor myself.THESE MAKE ME RICH, ALL ELSE WILL I FOREGO.
O Lord, what can be greater or more precious than Your love and grace? Your love and grace suffice, for these make me infinitely rich. What else can I desire? Not even myself: my liberty, my will, my mind, my memory. You alone, O Lord, are enough for me.
Have a favorite prayer that you want to share? Email it to me.