'During Your life on this poor earth, You made of a few loaves life and nourishment for a crowd.
'Let me be, in Your divine hands, the instrument for another such work.
'Give me Yourself, for souls, to uphold and revive them.
'I am only a weak and helpless child, but You know I am Your very own, Your home of love and rest.
'Just by one glance of love work this miracle - fill me with Your love, Your humility, Your patience, Your gentleness, Your kindness, Your holiness, Your strength... so that virtue may go out from me and bring souls to You.'
(from Fervorinos From Galilee's Hills, compiled by a Religious, Pelligrini, Australia, 1936, p. 237)
Painting: Evaristo Baschenis, Boy with a Basket of Bread, detail; digitally altered
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