I will love you, Lord, as much as I am able

I will love you, O Lord my strength,
   my stony rock and my defence,
   my saviour, my one desire and love.
My God, my helper, I will love you
   with all the power  you have given me;
   not as much as you deserve to be loved,
   for that can never be,
   but as much as I am able to.
Whatever I do, I never can discharge my debt to you,
   and I can love you
   only according to the power that you have given me.
The more power to love you give me,
   the more I will love you;
   yet never, never, can I love you
   as much as you should be loved.

Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153, 1090-1153, French abbot and Cistercian mystic


John 21:15-17

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter,
“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time.
He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

One thought on “I will love you, Lord, as much as I am able

  1. Love this painting and prayer. I looked up the Spanish translation of Las Lagrimas- Peter shedding tears. That made this all the more powerful. Thank you, Eric.


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