'Dearest Jesus... I am now incapable
of praying, of practicing virtue.
The fire of love seems almost extinguished.
Yet you know I long to love You,
to love You ardently and give You
a thousand proofs of tenderness
whilst I have the opportunity...
Give me special grace
not to give way now in these moments of
fatigue, desolation, sadness, and dejection,
nor to slack effort, but to keep close to You
at whatever sacrifice....
Into this darkness that is about me,
let a ray of light from
Your loving Sacred Heart shine....
I long to desire no sensible consolation in loving,
provided You feel my love.
That is enough for me.'
prayer from THE LIVING PYX OF JESUS, Pelligrini, Australia, 1941, pp. 471-472
Painting: Marcus Stone, Loves Daydream End
(I originally posted this at 'A Prayer Corner')