You embrace Him in me

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O great God, Father of all things,
   whose infinite light
      is darkness to me,
   Whose immensity
      is to me as the Void,
You have called me forth out of Yourself
   because You love me in Yourself.
I am a transient expression
   of Your inexhaustible and eternal reality.
I could not know You,
   I would be lost in this darkness,
      I would fall away from You into this Void,
   if You did not hold me to Yourself
in the Heart of Your only begotten Son.

Father, I love you
   Whom I do not know.
I embrace You
   Whom I do not see.
I abandon myself to You
   Whom I have offended.
You love in me
   Your only begotten Son.
You see Him in me.
You embrace Him in me,
   because He has willed to identify Himself
      completely with me
   by that love which brought Him to death,
for me, on the Cross.

Thomas Merton, 1915 – 1968, American Catholic writer and Trappist monk

____________________

O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you,
I know you, and these know that you have sent me.
I made known to them your name,
and I will continue to make it known,
that the love with which you have loved me may be in them,
and I in them.

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