Ave Maria Meditations

Jesus· speaks: As I offered myself willingly to God the Father for your sins with hands outstretched and body naked on the cross, so that nothing remained in me that had not become a complete sacrifice to appease the divine wrath, so ought you to be willing to offer yourself to me day by day in the Mass as a pure and holy oblation, together with all your facul­ties and affections, with as much inward devotion as you can.

What more do I ask than that you give yourself entirely to me? I care not for anything else you may give me, for I seek not your gift but you. Just as it would not be enough for you to have everything if you did not have me, so whatever you give cannot please me if you do not give yourself.

Offer yourself to me, therefore, and give yourself entirely for God – your offering will be accepted. Behold, I offered myself wholly to the Father for you, I even gave my whole body and blood for food that I might be all yours, and you mine forever.

But if you rely on self, and do not offer your free will to mine, your offering will be incomplete and the union between us imperfect. Hence, if you desire to attain grace and freedom of heart, let the free offer­ing of yourself into the hands of God precede your every action. This is why so few are inwardly free and enlightened – they know not how to renounce them­selves entirely.

Fr. Thomas a’Kempis

Author Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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  • Lisa says:

    I just love this. It’s so beautiful. I am reading a similar book to Thomas A Kempis’s “Imitation”, called “My Daily Bread”. It reads as though Jesus Himself is talking directly to my soul!
    The passage above is sooo comforting. We share the life of Jesus…crossing time and space…becoming a companion of Christ. The closer we are walking in His footsteps…the more He walks with us.
    It’s just beautiful.

    God Bless!

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