"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 6:68


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Saturday of the First week in Ordinary Time
Commentary of the day
Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (1696-1787), Bishop and Doctor of the Church
6th Address for the Octave of Christmas

"The man got up and followed him"

O my beloved Redeemer, behold my heart. I give it wholly to you: it is no longer mine, but yours. When you came into the world you offered to the Eternal Father, offered and gave your whole will as you taught us through the mouth of David: «In the scroll of the book it is written that I should do your will. My God, I delight in your law» (Ps 40[39]:8-9). Therefore, O beloved Savior, I offer you my whole will today. Formerly it rebelled against you; through it I offended you. But now, with all my heart, I regret the use I made of it: all those sins that have so wretchedly deprived me of your friendship. I am deeply sorry and now dedicate this will to you, holding nothing back.

"Lord, what would you have me do?" (Acts 22:10). Lord, tell me what you want of me: I am ready to carry out everything you desire. Do with me and with all that is mine as is pleasing to you: I accept all, I consent to all. I know that you seek what is best for me: "Into your hands I commend my spirit" (Ps 31[30]:6). In your mercy help it, keep it, enable it to be always yours and all for you, since "You have redeemed it, Lord, God of truth" (Ps 31[30]:6) at the cost of your blood.

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