Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
The Suscipe is one of my all time favorite prayers. I know it can be a hard prayer to pray with sincerity when you first start – it was for me. I invite you to pray it slowly – one line at a time in a quite space. You can even pray it in Lectio Divina style.
Overtime this prayer has lead me into a peace that is deeper than I could have ever imagined. This deep peace can only come from God. Something has shifted in my interior as a result of praying St. Ignatius’ Suscipe. While, this shift may be a result of the deep fondness I have for the Jesuits and the high school my son attended, Brebeuf Jesuit in Indianapolis, after all, I did fall deeply in love with Jesus at some point in their chapel during my regular morning Mass attendance. However, I know there is something much deeper going on with this prayer. I invite you into the mystery as well. Enjoy – Carolyn.