Ave Maria Meditations
Lord, You know I love You less than any other, but I long and desire to love You more than all the rest. Take my heart, dear Lord, and hide it in Your own, so that I may only love what You love and desire what You desire. May I find no pleasure in the things of this world, it’s pleasures and amusement; that may my one delight be in thinking of You, working for You, loving You, and staying in Your sweet presence before the Tabernacle.
Why do You want my love, dear Jesus, and why have You left me no rest all these years till I gave You at last my poor heart to love You and You alone? This ceaseless pleading for my love fills me with hope and confidence that, sinful as my life has been in the past, You have forgiven and forgotten it all. Thanks a million times, dearest Jesus, for all Your goodness. I will love and serve You now till death.
+Fr. Willie Doyle, S.J.