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Saint Ignatius Loyola: Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome



Prayer To Jesus Christ Our King That I May Obey His Call

My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast said to me: "My will is to subject the infidel world to My empire. If any one desires to follow Me, he must be content to abide beneath My tent, to eat at My table, to drink from the same cup with Me; he must also be willing to labor as I labor and with Me; he shall share with Me the fruits of the victory in proportion to the manner in which he shall have shared with Me in the fatigues of the conflict."

I have reflected upon this Thy call; I have asked of Thee, O Jesus Christ, and I still ask of Thee, the grace not to be deaf to Thy call, but to answer it joyfully, and to give all that Thy most holy will awaits from me.

Now, after mature consideration, this is what I freely offer Thee with my whole heart, protesting it to be my firm inward resolution,, my determined will, which is fixed and will be, I trust, unalterable and steady, and which I shall never repent or regret.

I have understood that the infidel lands to be conquered are my soul, my heart, the world and the devil: that the enemies to Thy domain are my sensuality, my pride, the spirit of the world ever living and working within me; these are the enemies that I must fight against. I have taken the resolution of doing this, and I desire to distinguish myself in Thy service.

I ardently desire to join Thee in this great enterprise in which Thou, my Lord Jesus Christ, art leader, and the Apostles, Martyrs, Penitents - in a word, all the Saints, are my illustrious companions.

O Eternal King, O Christ our Lord and Ruler; under Thy protection, by Thy grace, with the memory of Thy infinite mercy, at Thy feet, in the presence of Thy glorious Mother and of all the Saints who adorn Thy heavenly court, I offer and consecrate myself to Thee and to Thy service alone; I give myself to Thee without any reserve. I am resolved to imitate Thee, I am resolved to follow Thee, and to distinguish myself as a follower of Thee, to be there where Thou art, if Thy divine Majesty will but deign to choose me and to receive me as one of Thy faithful and devoted followers.

Acknowledging my utter unworthiness, I humbly beg of Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, to be graciously pleased to accept my whole self as a full and entire oblation. Grant that I may live and die at the post where the interests of Thy glory and my salvation, and Thy divine call may have placed me.