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Prayer of Abandonment

by Sr. Pat McGraw, icm

The more I age I stand in wonder of God’s fidelity to me despite my weaknesses and ‘poor’ attempt to burn with the zeal I had as a young sister. God’s love seems so much greater now than when I first began. Yet, I continue to hear his voice “continue in love” and don’t look for results for love is always given away.

So if after some months the community has not taken a quiet day off for some recollection and re-centering of life, I steal some time just for this. Quiet, soul-searching, a longer prayer in the quiet, just to listen to the silence and God’s whispers in between.  To begin I reread some words from a poem I wrote during my Sabbatical:



Teach me life’s secret                                         

To stand tall

To seek the stillness of silence   



I just pause in silence and await the stillness to seep within.

Then I remember again that I’m aging, and these moments are precious moments never to regain.

So I read my poem again:

Cactus Flower


To stretch myself into being

To become the ‘unique’ design of me

To God’s glory

Silently, slowly through my years




Then I am drawn to express my gratitude for God’s companionship throughout my year

and his continual remolding of my inner being.

In the quiet I am led to recommit my life again so I pray the Prayer of Abandonment of Charles de Foucauld.

I meditatively read it ever so slowly to allow a word or phrase

to deepen its meaning and desire within my soul.



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 commend 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.    


Pat McGraw, icm

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