An Act of Love

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My confessor said something to me today that reminded me of a prayer that impressed me back in the days of my monastic youth, and still does: The Act of Love of Father Jean-Baptiste Muard (1809-1854), founder of the Society of Saint Edmund and of the Benedictine Abbey of La-Pierre-Qui-Vire. Thirty-seven years ago, if I am not mistaken, my excellent Novice Master told me that he said this prayer every day after Holy Communion. It is extraordinary the way certain things lodge themselves in one's memory.

Père Muard's Act of Love

Desiring to love Thee, my God, as much as is possible to a feeble creature,
I desire that all my thoughts, all my wishes, all my sentiments,
all my aspirations, all the pulsations of my heart,
all my movements, be so many acts of love.

I desire that every character I trace in writing,
every word, every letter, I read be to me so many acts of love.

Would that I could offer Thee each day as many acts of most fervent love
as there are grains of sand on the sea-shore,
leaves on the trees of the forest,
atoms in the air, and created things, and multiply them to infinity.

I offer Thee, my God, in compensation for my weakness,
all the acts of love of all the angels and all the saints in heaven and earth;
all the acts of love. of the most holy Virgin and, above all,
the acts of love for Thee of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alas ! my God, that I cannot love Thee as Thou deservest to be loved;
give me, then, the heart of a Seraph or, rather,
fill my heart with the love of all the Seraphim,
the love of all the Saints, the love of all hearts,
and increase it ever more and more
that I may love Thee as much as I desire to love Thee. Amen.


For me, it's a photo -- a photo of Pope John Paul II onboard a jet sitting by himself reading his breviary. I think about that photo often and even look at it from time to time. I don't know what it is about the photo that attracts me so much, but something about it certainly does.

Thank you Father: another beautiful prayer for my growing 'Vultus Christi' collection. And particularly appropriate today (Thursday).

Cuanto quisiera que a mi corazon
tambien lo llenara de tanto amor,
que ya no fuera mi amor, si no su amor.
cuanto quisiera que ya no fuera mi vida ,
sino su vida.
cuanto quisiera que ya no pensara nada mas
que sus solo sus pensamientos.
cuanto quisiera perteneserle a Dios solamente y adorarle por siempre y para siempre asi sea .

gracias por compartir esta hermosa oracion.

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About Dom Mark

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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