prayer of self-offering

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Lord, take as your right, and receive as my gift,
   all my freedom, my memory,
   my understanding and my will.
Whatever I am and whatever I possess,
   you have given to me;
I restore it all to you again,
   to be at your disposal,
   according to your will.
Give me only a love for you,
   and the gift of your grace;
 then I am rich enough,
   and ask for nothing more.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556, founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)


I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
   to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
   holy and acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual worship.

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