This question may not fly and I’m not sure how to ask without influencing the answers. So here goes, please feel free to comment on the word surrender. Thank you kindly to those who will respond.


Wow, that’s a power-packed word! Well, what’s needed for surrender to Our Lord to happen in one’s life is humility and obedience. Littleness. You might want to read as much as you can of St. Therese of Lisieux. Then again, St. Francis De Sales wrote a lot about it. If you want, try “Abandonment to Divine Providence” by Fr. De Caussade. Well, that’s for starters, anyway.:shrug:


I’ll let the saints answer you:

Take, Lord, receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, my entire will:
all I have and possess.
You have given all to me; now I return it.
All is yours now; dispose of it wholly according to your will.
Your love and your grace are enough for me.
[RIGHT]— Saint Ignatius of Loyola[/RIGHT]

Prayer of Abandonment

Father, I abandon myself into Your hands;
do with me what You will.
Whatever You may do, I thank You:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only Your will be done in me,
and in all Your creatures —
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into Your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to You with all the love of my heart,
for I love You, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into Your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for You are my Father.

— Charles de Foucauld (1858–1916),
beatified in November 2005


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