...but not yet.

Domine, da mihi sanctitiam, sed noli modo.
Lord, grant me holiness, but not yet.

You may be familiar with St. Augustine's famous prayer from his Confessions, "da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo," most often translated "give me chastity and continence, but not yet."  (Confessions 8.7.17). St. Augustine is relating his adolescent understanding that he is on the wrong path, and request that God make him change his ways and help him do what he knows is right... but not now: later.

How often we make the same type of prayer! It is one thing to recognize that we aren't necessarily getting everything quite right, but it's something else entirely to open ourselves to the conversion of heart necessary to embrace God's call to us and allow His grace to redirect our path. It is so much easier to acknowledge our failings but ask God to give us a little more time before we have to make those uncomfortable changes.

Lord, grant me holiness, but not yet. Every day it's a struggle to avoid adding those last three words to my prayer: to ask for the grace to do what He wants of me today without putting off the uncomfortable, the challenging, the ways He calls me to make my life more of a witness to Him.

As a mom, I'm called to ministry in the domestic Church: caring for my family and fostering a vibrant, Catholic culture within our home. I invite you to join me on my journey, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

Most sweet Jesus, humbly kneeling at Thy feet, we renew the consecration of our family to Thy Divine Heart.  Be Thou our King forever!  In Thee we have full and entire confidence.  May Thy spirit penetrate our thoughts, our desires, our words and our works.  Bless our undertakings, share in our joys, in our trials and in our labors.  Grant us to know Thee better, to love Thee more, to serve Thee without faltering.

By the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Peace, set up Thy kingdom in our country.  Enter closely into the midst of our families and make them Thine own through the solemn enthronement of Thy Sacred Heart, so that soon one cry may resound from home to home: "May the triumphant Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved, blessed, and glorified forever!" Honor and glory to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

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