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Chapter 12

The Replacement Prayer


I will take off, then,
the loathsome garments of my will
and clothe myself, O Lord,
with Your eternal will!
—St. Catherine of Siena



Dear Lord of all virtues please replace myself,
with Yourself.

Please replace my pride, with Your humility;
my greed, with Your detachment;
my lust, with Your purity;
my envy, with Your acceptance;
my anger, with Your meekness;
my gluttony, with Your moderation;
and my sloth, with Your action.

Dear God of mercy please forgive my self-love,
and grant me Your perfect love
so that in all things I may
perfectly obey Your will.


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