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🦋 La oración, hermana mía, no es una cuestión de técnica, sino una gracia.

In Chapter 11 of The Art of Resurrection, we hear the Christ of Elqui praying aloud for the first time in the book -- or at least the first time we have his prayer written out for our ears to follow. Magalena Mercado asked him to teach her a new prayer, as she feels like her Mary icon must be getting tired of the same old recitation, and he answers that "Prayer is not a matter of technique, o my sister, but a grace"; but as he is lying down to sleep he recites this prayer:

Santo Dios, Santo inmortal, Santo fuerte, Santo protector, líbranos de todo mal. Verbo divino, Verbo eterno, Verbo salvador, líbranos, Jesús mío, de todo dolor. Si no puedo amar, que no odie; si bien no puedo hacer, que no haga mal, que en tu gracia santificante, Señor nuestro, nos guíes con tu luz. Que así sea por siempre. Amén.
Lovely! (Magalena Mercado will learn this prayer in Chapter 24.)

posted morning of Saturday, March 31st, 2012
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Holy God, immortal God, force, protector: deliver us from all evil. Divine Word, eternal Word, Word of salvation: deliver us, my Lord Jesus, from all sorrow. If I may not love, let me not hate; if I may not do good, let me do no evil, and let us by led, our Lord, by the light of your sanctifying grace. Let it be thus always. Amen.

posted evening of March 31st, 2012 by Jeremy


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