Introduction and Opening Prayer
Welcome to everyone! This is our last night of the Life in the Spirit Seminars and our topic tonight is Transformation in Christ.
I want to begin with a prayer by St. John Gabriel Perboyre (French: Jean-Gabriel Perboyre) who was martyred for the faith in Wuhan, China, on 11th September 1840, where the pandemic started. Like Fr. Pat, he was a member of the Vincentians (Congregation of the Mission). HewasbeatifiedbyPopeLeo XIII in 1889, and later canonised by Pope John Paul II in 1996.
O my Divine Saviour, transform me into yourself.
May my hands be the hands of Jesus.
May my tongue be the tongue of Jesus,
Grant that every faculty of my body may serve only to glorify you. Above all, transform my soul and all its powers,
so that my memory, my will and my affections
may be the memory, the will and the affections of Jesus. I pray you to destroy in me all that is not you.
Grant that I may live but in you and for you,
and that I may truly say with St. Paul:
“I live, now not I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20).
– St. Jean Gabriel Perboyre CM