A Prayer of Surrender

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Wishing all of you a Blessed New Year!!! Let us surrender all our desires, joys and sorrows to our Lord Jesus Christ. May his will be done in our lives. Here is a prayer by Pope Clement XI.

Lord, I believe in you; give me firmer faith. I hope in you; give me surer hope.

I love you, make me love you more and more. I am sorry I have failed you; make me sorrier yet.

I adore you as my first Beginning and long for you as my last End.

I praise you as my constant Benefactor, and call upon you as my gracious Protector.

Guide me in Your wisdom; restrain me by Your justice. Comfort me by Your mercy; defend me by Your power.

I offer you, Lord,  my thoughts, to be fixed on You; my words, to have You as their theme;

My actions, to be done according to Your will; my hardships, to be endured or your sake.

My will is that your will be done, in the manner you will and as long as you will, because it is your will.

I pray to you, Lord, enlighten my understanding. Strengthen my will; purify my heart and sanctify my soul.

Help me to deplore my past offences and to resist temptation in future; to subdue my evil inclinations and to cultivate the virtues proper to my state in life.

God of all goodness, fill me with love for you and hatred for all my selfishness; with zeal for my neighbor and contempt of worldliness.

Teach me to be obedient to my superiors, helpful to my colleagues, considerate to my subordinates, loyal to my friends, forgiving to my foes. Amen.

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