Day 20 - 40 Day Prayer Pledge
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
An important Christian virtue is called “purity of intention.” Just as Jesus did everything out of love for His Father and love for others. so we are called to do all that we do out of love: glorifying God and serving others. This is the path not only to a meaningful and truly happy life, but also to a life full of interior peace, joy and strength. What are the most common motivations behind my decisions and actions? Do I care more about what will please God and help others, or what others may say about me? Read the passage again, slowly: think about how it would look in your daily life if you followed St. Paul’s advice.
(Make the Sign of the Cross)
I Have Chosen Jesus
Lord Jesus, on the path of hope,
of two thousand years, your love, like a wave,
has lifted many pilgrims.
These you have loved with a throbbing love,
with their thoughts, their words, their actions.
You have loved with a heart stronger than temptation,
stronger than suffering and even than death.
These have been your word in the world.
Their lives have been a revolution
that has renewed the face of the Church.
Contemplating, from my childhood, these shining examples,
I conceived a dream: to offer you my whole life,
my only life that I am living,
for an eternal and unalterable ideal.
I have decided!
If I fulfill your will you will achieve this idea
and I will throw myself into this wonderful adventure.
I have chosen you, I have never had regrets.
I hear you say to me: “Remain in me. Remain in my love!”
But how can I remain in another?
Only love can achieve this extraordinary mystery.
I understand that you want my whole life.
“Everything! And for your love!”
Cardinal Francis-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan