Friday, February 14, 2014

prayer for detachment

I beg of you, my Lord,
to remove anything which separates
me from you, and you from me.

Remove anything that makes me unworthy
of your sight, your control, your reprehension;
of your speech and conversation,
of your benevolence and love.

Cast from me every evil
that stands in the way of my seeing you,
hearing, tasting, savoring, and touching you;
fearing and being mindful of you;
knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing you;
being conscious of your presence

and, as far as may be, enjoying you.
This is what I ask for myself
and earnestly desire from you. Amen.

—Saint Peter Faber, SJ

On December 17, 2013, Pope Francis announced the canonization of Peter Faber, the first recruit or “companion” of San Ignacio de Loyola.  St. Ignatius considered Peter Faber the person best suited to lead others in "The Spiritual Exercises."