Prayer for the 5th Week of Lent

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Self Dedication to Jesus Christ by St. Ignatius of Loyola:

“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.

This Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola was originally crafted to be used at the conclusion of his Spiritual Exercises. The Spiritual Exercises were the 40 days of directed retreat whereby a Christian soul would be led to a greater freedom in the spiritual life and a more mature acceptance of the faith. At the end of the retreat this prayer was used as a spiritual re-dedication of ones to Christ.