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A Lenten Prayer of St John Eudes

March 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Prayer, Seasonal Meditations

“O Lord, You have created me for Yourself, to love You and to enjoy You, infinite Good, ineffable Beauty; do not permit me to lose sight of this sublime end toward which I must tend; do not permit me to wander among the wretched satisfactions that vain, feeble creatures can for post on Lenten prayer of St John Eudesoffer me.

“O my Lord, what poor use I have made of creatures! Pardon me, O Lord! Henceforth I do not want to use anything unless it is for Your glory and according to Your holy will, as Your Son Jesus did. O my God, if in the past I have turned aside from You who are my Beginning, my End, and my supreme good; if I have turned toward myself and creatures, preferring their will and mine to Yours, I here and now promise to renounce, entirely and forever the world and myself, and to give myself wholly and forever to You. O my God, I give myself to You as my Beginning; take complete possession of me. May I always abide in You! Be the beginning and end of all my actions. O my God, I give myself to You as my End, my Center, my supreme Good. Draw me to You! Make me tend continually toward You. Be my delight, my glory, my treasure, my all!”

St John Eudes


Art for this post “A Lenten Prayer of St John Eudes”: Painting with St. John Eudes with fathers and sisters of the congregations founded by himself. Painted for the ceremony of beatification of Eudes, unknown artist, 1909, PD-US author's life plus 70 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Becky Ward

    This is awesome!! I am in a faith formation program and one thing we learn is how to gather, or ‘grab the graces’ the Lord sends us. Jesus says “…whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Lk 11:23) So we strive to watch for the gifts and graces God gives us every day. There are two, (at least), big benefits in doing this. First, we begin to see how very active God really is in our life; there are many days when I see so many gifts that I can’t remember them all……I usually try to jot down in my journal a couple that really speak to me. Secondly, having saved and stored these little gems or treasures, we can go back to them when things aren’t going so well. They remind of us God’s goodness and help us to keep going.

    Over the past several days I have encountered many situations where I am conscious of the need to ‘not worry about what other people might think’ and keep my focus on Jesus………….this really helps, and so I’m going to grab the grace, print this out, and put it in my journal. 🙂

    Thank you, and God Bless!

  • Cathy

    No words can express how beautiful this is. It is everything I feel and more. Thank you!

  • Guest

    This is a Gem of a Prayer which I have saved on my Desktop to be praying each morning. Thank You Lord, for this Website. It has become a must for me. God bless all of us and shepherd us to our Eternal Home, Amen

  • Fr Gerard

    Good morning I like this prayer. But can you please give me the references. I have the ENglish translation of Str John works, but I cannot find this prayer.

    Thank Fr. Gerard CJM

    • My apologies Fr. I can’t find where this came from. It might be Divine Intimacy.

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