Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Consecration of a Monastery


I think the following is an ideal prayer for those of us who want to go through the world as 'walking monasteries,' living for the glory of God. 

Praying through this, line by line, leads me to an examination of conscience, into repentance, and toward a renewal of my decision to live for Christ.

'Dear Lord, The indwelling in me of the Holy Spirit implies that like the Church, the Altar, the Tabernacle, I am consecrated to be the temple, the house, the home of God Himself. My body is set apart, dedicated to God's use as something holy, never to be profaned by worldliness, by selfishness, or by sin. 

'My body is the Spirit's chosen dwelling place, 
a privileged altar. It must then not be looked upon as 
a market place for the transaction of business, 
or a school for study, 
or a playground for amusement. 
It is none of these.  
Indeed, it is not really my property at all, 
but Your very own...
'I must never dare to bring the God dwelling within me 
into contact with things which He abhors. 

'O God, hidden within me, forgotten and neglected on so many days, during so many years, I ask You to forgive my carelessness, my irreverence, my infidelity....

'Joyfully I consecrate to You my body, with all its members and all its senses, 
my hands and feet, 
my eyes and ears and tongue, 
my powers of seeing and hearing and speaking, 
my impulses and instincts and appetites and desires. 
I make them over to You by deed of gift; 
to be absolutely and forever Yours, to be employed always in Your service, never to be used against Your will.

'O God, take this body of mine, 
consecrate it, 
let it never be defiled by sin. 
Let it never become the abode of evil, 
nor be used against the best interests of any of Your children.' 

(from "Listening to the Indwelling Presence" by a Religious, Pellegrini, 1940, pp. 24-26) )

Paintings in US public domain due to age


  1. Yes, truly Nancy, we CAN BE consecrated as a monastery for the Lord's pleasure. We ARE Houses of Adoration! Thank you for sharing this. Can you please tell me what page this is in the book? I also love the quote you had from the book "Yoke of Divine Love" within the last day or so.

    1. Connie, this gem is from pages 24-26. An ideal prayer for those who are Houses of Adoration, isn't it? And I love that quote from Yoke of Divine Love also. :)

  2. Amen! Oh how I love this Act of Consecration. Thank you, Nancy...a precious and timely post indeed. May the Lord be pleased to dwell within this monastery and may I never make Him ashamed to do so!

    1. Trish, your sentiments are mine exactly. May He be pleased, and never, ever ashamed.

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    1. The works of "A Religious" SO inspire me.... I wish they were still in print!