Olympe gouges by Mettais, via Wikimedia Commons
I do not know, O God, what may happen to me today.
I only know nothing will happen to me
but what has been foreseen by you from all eternity,
and that is sufficient, O my God, to keep me in peace.
I adore your eternal designs.
I submit to them will all my heart.
I desire them all and accept them all.
I make a sacrifice of everything.
I unite this sacrifice to that of your dear Son, my Savior,
begging you by his infinite merits,
for the patience in troubles,
and the perfect submission which is due to you
in all that you will and design for me.
Bishop of Beauvais, written for Elisabeth of France, youngest sibling of King Louis XVI, both martyred during the French Revolution
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
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Interesting read about Elisabeth of France and her mother, Marie Antoinette. I’m feeling smarter! Did you gave to learn that kind of stuff in college? Much love to you.
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Thanks Mom! School didn’t teach me this, but it did impart curiosity. I just discovered the back story to this prayer on Monday.