"The world is content with setting right
the surface of things;
the church aims at regenerating
the very depths of the heart."
Bl John Henry Newman
The Idea of a University (1852), p. 203
A Prayer of Offering for Lent
My God, I know well, you could have saved us at Your word,
without Yourself suffering; but You did choose to purchase us at the
price of Your Blood. I look on You, the Victim lifted up on
I know that Your death was an expiation for the sins of the whole world.
My Lord, I offer You myself in turn as a sacrifice of thanksgiving.
You have died for me, and I in turn make myself over to You. My wish
is to be separated from everything of this world; to cleanse myself
simply from sin. Enable me to carry out what I profess.
A Newman Prayer Book
Editor VF Blehl, SJ (1990), p. 23