July 27 Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

Now at last I begin to be a disciple! Let nothing visible or invisible hinder me, through jealousy, from attaining to Jesus Christ. Come fire, come cross, come whole herds of wild beasts, come drawing and quartering, scattering of bones, cutting off of limbs, crushing of the whole body, all the horrible blows of the devil—let all these things come upon me, if only I may be with Christ.

-St. Ignatius of Antioch

 

Suscipe

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.

Amen.