"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
, and 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
SOURCE: A Newman Prayer Book
Editor VF Blehl, SJ (1990), p. 23