Rev. Barnabas M. Thiệp, CMC
Cảm Tạ 28
Jesus: My Loving Thanks
my beloved Jesus, You are ever present in the most Holy Blessed
Sacrament. There have been so many times that I have wanted to
receive You into my heart, but I feel ashamed for my heart and
soul is stained with the darkness of sin. Looking at You suffering
on the cross, my heart aches for I know that You are suffering
for my sins; You would always find it in Your heart and everlasting
love to forgive me. I humbly kneel before You now, praying and
asking that You may graciously receive my most unworthy thanks,
for letting me receive You into my most unworthy heart and soul.
How can I thank You enough for such a grace that I am not worthy
cannot thank You enough for all other graces that You have given
me from life to every breath that I take, to every heart beat
that I make. All these graces I have foolishly taken for granted.
Look at all the people in the world who are not as fortunate as
I, and yet, are more worthy of such graces, but You came and chose
me out of the many to receive these graces. One of those is the
grace of receiving You into my heart.
Kneeling and bowing shamefully in your presence, I pray that You
may always be with me to light, guard, guide, and to give me the
many blessings throughout the day and my life.
I pray with the help of my dearly beloved mom, Mary, that I may
be faithful to my religious vocation. For You said, "Whoever
wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross,
and follow me." (Mk 8:34) I pray that You may help me to
remember Your words in my life, for "One does not live by
bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth
of God." (Mt. 4:4) May I always trust in You to lead me on
the path of righteousness, and not lose You through sin. I know
that I am weak in spirit, and I need You to take me by the hand
and to guide me always along the paths of eternal life. I pray:
- That I may always love You more, with all my heart, soul, and
mind. - That I may also love my brothers, neighbors, and all those
whom You love. - That I may always have a humble heart, like our
dearly beloved mom, Mary. - That I may become more pure and gentle
like children, for they are naive and innocent.
I also pray that You may teach me to love Your Mom, who is also
my Mom, with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind. Pray
that She will take me, hold me in her arms, and look down upon
me with her gentle eyes, to protect me and to teach me to love
You. Jesus, please teach me to do good on earth like St. Theresa.
Let me always remember that no matter what I do, think or say,
it is all for the love of You. For all this, I can say are these
words: Thank You and I love You. Amen.