I choose to breathe the breath of Christ

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I choose to breathe the breath of Christ
   that makes all life holy.
I choose to live the flesh of Christ
   that outlasts sin’s corrosion and decay.
I choose the blood of Christ
   along my veins and in my heart
   that dizzies me with joy.
I choose the living waters flowing from his side
   to wash clean my own self and the world itself.
I choose the awful agony of Christ
   to charge my senseless sorrows with meaning
   and to make my pain pregnant with power.
I choose you, good Jesus, you know.
I choose you, good Lord;
   count me among the victories
   that you have won in bitter woundedness.
Never number me among those alien to you.
Make me safe from all that seeks to destroy me.
Summon me to come to you.
Stand me solid among angels and saints
   chanting yes to all you have done,
   exulting in all you mean to do forever and ever.
Then for this time, Father of all,
   keep me, from the core of my self,
   choosing Christ in the world.

Joseph Tetlow, SJ, retreat director and author


On the last and greatest day of the festival,
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
   “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.
    Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said,
   rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

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