Hey, what are you doing in my soul?

On rare occurrences, a phrase strikes me as so true that it seems like it flowed  right out of my soul, or straight from God’s heart to mine, where it fits like home.  The Litany of Trust has more than just a few such lines.  We, as CKs, used the litany of trust as the novena prayer for our recent retreat for young women discerning important life matters.

For me, each of the lines is cause for a long meditation. As it is Lent, if the Litany does the same for you, I wonder if there is a place for it in your Lenten practices too.

LITANY OF TRUST

From the belief that I have to earn Your love,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear that I am unlovable,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the false security that I have what it takes,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From all suspicion of Your words and promises,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your Will,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From anxiety about the future,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From resentment, or excessive preoccupation with the past,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From restless self-seeking of the present moment,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From disbelief in Your love and presence in the midst of suffering and trial,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear of being asked to give more than I have,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear of what love demands,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From discouragement,

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

 That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That you are with me in my suffering,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That my sufferings, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That Your plan is better than anything else,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That You always hear me and, in Your goodness, always respond to me,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That You provide the grace to forgive myself and others,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That my life is a gift,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That You will teach me to trust You,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That You are my Lord and my God,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

That I am Your beloved one,

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

Sister Faustina Maria, SV

I have worked with Sister Faustina Maria on a few occasions.  She is not a Saint from long ago, but a young Sister filled with life in the Sisters of Life in New York City.  God bless her, clearly this Litany is the fruit of prayer!  Thank you for your willingness to share the fruit of prayer, Sister.  It seems appropriate to close with the Church’s symbol for trust and hope, the ANCHOR.  It helps us stay firmly grounded amidst the storms of life.

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Blessed Lent to you all!

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