Litany of Poverty

 

Lord Jesus, you only say what you hear the Father say: Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you only do what you see the Father doing: Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you remind us the Son has nothing on his own: Lord have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

 

Jesus, hear us. Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, graciously hear us. Jesus, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, bond between both, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

 

Mary, handmaid of Father, pray for us.

 

Jesus you are the Way to the Father, so in your name I ask:

Father, in my powerlessness, claim me.

Father, in my nothingness, claim me.

Father, in my poverty, claim me.

Father, in my confusion, claim me.

Father, in my insanity, claim me.

Father, in my wounds, claim me.

Father, in my brokenness, claim me.

Father, in my pride, claim me.

Father, in my fear, claim me.

Father, in my doubt, claim me.

Father, in my lust, claim me.

Father, in my spiritual laziness, claim me.

Father, in my anger, claim me.

Father, in my vanity, claim me.

Father, in my resistance to others, claim me.

Father, in my self-rejection, claim me.

Father, in my unforgiveness, claim me.

Father, in my disease of sin, claim me.

Father, in my self-reliance, claim me.

Father, in my body and blood, claim me.

Father, in my bones, claim me.

Father, in my fear of death, claim me.

Father, in my fear of myself, claim me.

Father, in my fear that I am not good enough, claim me.

Father, in my fear that I am unloved, claim me.

Father, in my fear that I am alone, claim me.

Father, in my fear that I am an outcast, claim me.

Father, in my broken habits, claim me.

Father, in the wounds I hide from you, claim me.

Father, in the wounds I hide from others, claim me.

Father, in the wounds I hide from myself, claim me.

Father, in the wounds I deal myself, claim me.

Father, in the wounds I deal others, claim me.

Father, in the wounds I deal your Church, claim me.

Father, in my hesitation to receive love, claim me.

Father, in my hesitation to love, claim me.

Father, in my desire to control reality, claim me.

Father, in my strangling of your gifts, claim me.

Father, in my blindness of heart, claim me.

Father, in my dull heart, claim me.

Father, in my hardened heart, claim me.

Father, in my wounded heart, claim me.

Father, in my fear of feeling too much, claim me.

Father, in my fear of feeling too little, claim me.

Father, in my exhaustion, claim me.

Father, in my limits, claim me.

Father, in my failure, claim me.

 

Father, teach me to die in your Son, so that he may rise in me.

Father, help me to accept my poverty, for the salvation of my brothers and sisters.

Father, teach me to surrender these desires, so that I may receive your salvation.

 

I consecrate myself to you Father through your Son and in your Holy Spirit not in spite of my sinfulness and brokenness, but in it.  I give you this poverty of mine because you make beautiful things out of the dust.   So many are the places that draw me from you, help me to stay in your Love and Truth, who are Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Mary, my mother, my sister, my bride, in these my memories, thoughts, feelings, and desires, be the consolation of my heart and the whole world.

May I be Jesus in the World.

 

 

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