Saint Gertrude (1256-1302) ON PRAYER

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And still the ocean of your boundless love is not exhausted. 
For you constantly grant my prayers, 
whether for sinners, for souls, or for other intentions, 
answering them with incredible benefits. 
I have never found a human friend to whom I would dare tell all I know; 
the human heart is too small to bear it.

And now, 
with all affection, all devotion and intention, 
may you join yourself to God in prayer, 
as if you saw the spouse Jesus himself present, 
who assuredly is present in your soul.      

Prayer to the Sacred Heart Written by St. Gertrude
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living source of eternal life, 
Your heart is a burning furnace of love. 
You are my refuge and my sanctuary. 
O my adorable and loving Savior, 
consume my heart with that burning fire with which Yours is enflamed. 
Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your love. 
Let my heart be united with Yours. 
Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things. 
May Your divine will be the standard of all my desires and actions. Amen.

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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