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Be Imitators of Christ

The other day I read this passage from 1 Corinthians:

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the traditions, just as I handed them on to you. (1 Corinth 11:1-2)

It immediately caused me to examine my conscience and discern whether I, too have been an imitator of Christ and ask God how I can bring the love of Christ to others. The answer came as I read in the Gospel of St. John:

Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me…As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. (Jn. 15:4, 9)

Sacred Heart of JesusWe cannot radiate what we do not possess within us. In order to imitate Christ, we must always seek an intimate union with Him. This comes through constant prayer and fidelity to the Sacraments.

The following Prayer in Union With Jesus has become a favorite of mine as I strive to empty myself so as to be filled with Christ:

Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to empty myself and be filled with Your love, peace, patience, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and understanding. Let every beat of my heart and every breath that I breathe be for You. Let every word that I speak be reflective of You. Let every glance I give be a mirror of You. Let every hand I touch feel Your gentle care. Let every step I take be on Your path toward Your Light. Let every word of praise I may receive be directed to You in humble thanksgiving. Let every angry word said to me or against me be returned with words of love and mercy not anger and revenge. Let every desire I have be for You. Let my will conform to Yours. Touch every cell of my body, Lord, and make me the person, the servant You want me to be. Amen.

I found this prayer on the back of a prayer card from the from Hopedale, OH. The prayer can be found online here.

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