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Prayer,

verse 1:

Holy Trinity,

Through Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection, and the intercession of Mary and Joseph, we implore the Holy Spirit to breathe in and through us, and to fill us with good and glory.

We rely on the Holy Trinity for our existence in time and eternity.  It is through Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection that we have access to good in this life and glory in the next.  Mary and Joseph are key protagonists of God’s will.  We beg that these intercessors seek the Holy Spirit’s “love and life” in us, filling us with temporal good and eternal glory.

[This verse comes primarily from John of the Cross’ Living Flame of Love, fourth stanza.]

Loving adoration of the Holy Trinity

Confidence in Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection

Reliance on Mary and Joseph’s intercession

Conviction that the Holy Spirit will effect everything good and glorious in us, as we abide always “in God for others”

–Desire that the Holy Spirit  “breathes” in and through us for others

–Special devotion, as men, to St. Joseph, husband of Mary and guardian of Jesus, the Redeemer

–Offering this prayer as a daily renewal of our desire and commitment

–Recommitting our lives often with the motto, “in God for others”

Prayer, verse 2:

Through firm faith and active charity, may we become witnesses to hope and instruments of Your Merciful Love in the world.

As the Lord’s baptized followers, we are leading a life of the theological virtues of faith, love, and hope.  Pier Giorgio Frassati lived these theological virtues to perfection, and will help us to do so, too.  By living in firm faith and active love, we become witnesses to hope and instruments of God’s merciful love in the world.

[This verse comes primarily from John Paul II’s homily on the occasion of Pier Giorgio Frassati’s beatification.]

Loving adoration of the Holy Trinity

Confidence in Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection

Reliance on Mary and Joseph’s intercession

Conviction that the Holy Spirit will effect everything good and glorious in us, as we abide always “in God for others”

–Desire that the Holy Spirit  “breathes” in and through us for others

–Special devotion, as men, to St. Joseph, husband of Mary and guardian of Jesus, the Redeemer

–Offering this prayer as a daily renewal of our desire and commitment

–Recommitting our lives often with the motto, “in God for others”

Prayer, verse 3:

We entrust ourselves fully—body, mind, and spirit—to You as Merciful Love, for Your honor and glory and the good of humanity.  Amen.

Entrustment is essentially an act of confidence (or trust) by us towards God—recognizing our utter insufficiency.  We build on our Baptism in which we died in Christ in order to rise with Him, knowing that only God in His omnipotence and omniscience can know and support our full destiny—becoming fully by grace who we are by nature.

This entrustment to the Holy Trinity as Merciful Love emphasizes God’s love for us, as summarized completely in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.  We wish to honor God and do good for humanity through our complete self-giving.

[This verse is inspired by Therese of Lisieux’s 1895 “Act of Oblation to Merciful Love.”]

Entrustment of our whole person (body, mind, and spirit) to God for His purposes, adding our mature, adult decision to our baptismal promises

Commitment to using our gifts of body, mind, and spirit for God’s glory and the good of humanity

— Entrustment/Code of Life (attachments A and B) that incorporate the following:

1.  Communion with God, with emphasis on the Sunday Eucharist, Reconciliation, and prayer;

2.  Dedication to Mary, reliance on St. Joseph, St. George, Pier Giorgio Frassati,  and all protectors of the vulnerable;

3.  Nobility of mind and heart through a commitment to pondering the truths of our faith (“mind”) and to living the “personalistic norm”—i.e., loving and never using others (“heart”), with a focus on the eight Beatitudes

4.  Fitness of body, mind and spirit for service, especially of the family and those wounded by family life (with a commitment to continuous personal growth through the Integrity Cycle or a similar method)

5.  Communion with others, especially fellow MoBsters and all those contributing to a civilization of love and a culture of life—always in unity of mind and heart with Peter (through the Living Rosary and other means)

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