Prayer to My Hope and Refuge

Ah, Lord God, You holy Lover of my soul, when You comest into my soul, all that is within me shall rejoice. You art my Glory and the exultation of my heart; You art my hope 81 and refuge in the day of my trouble. Set me free from all evil passions, and heal my heart of all inordinate affections; that, being inwardly cured and thoroughly cleansed, I may be made fit to love, courageous to suffer, steady to persevere. Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing more courageous, nothing fuller nor better in heaven and earth; because love is born of God, and cannot rest but in God, above all created things. Let me love You more than myself, nor love myself but for Thee; and in You all that truly love You, as the law of love commandeth, shining out from Thyself. Amen.

Thomas à Kempis