We continued the journey this week discovering what it means to live as Jesus lived, as we explored the concept of living a life “abandoned.” What do you think of when you hear the word “abandon”? Is it negative or positive? At first our mind probably leans toward the negative but there are some positive aspects as well. Many Athletes and artists “abandon” themselves to their crafts. To live one’s life as Jesus lived his requires his followers to “abandon” themselves to Him. The life of Charles of Foucauld and his “Prayer of Abandon” served as a catalyst for our discussion. To learn more about Brother Charles, visit http://www.jesuscaritas.info/
“Prayer of Abandon” Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what You will. Whatever You may do, I thank You. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, and in all Your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into Your hands I command my soul, I offer it to You with all the love of my heart, for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for You are my Father. – Brother Charles of Jesus
Many of us talked about the difficulties and/or fears of praying this prayer and acknowledged that it’s only by the grace of God that we could hope to live the abandoned life. We also explored the thought that as followers of Christ our hearts should also be positioned this way towards others as well. The way Brother Charles and Mother Teresa lived their lives served as examples for us.
May we love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with and our might and love our neighbor as our self.