We sang this beautiful song (These Alone are Enough, by Dan Schutte) at Ash Wednesday Mass this evening. Perhaps you recognize it from your own parish as well. I’ve always loved it, so I thought of posting it tonight if I could locate it online. It is based on a prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola from the end of his Spiritual Exercises:
Take, Lord, and Receive
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory,
my understanding, and my entire will.
All I have and call my own.
Whatever I have or hold, you have given me.
I return it all to you and surrender it wholly
to be governed by your will.
Give me only your love and your grace
and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.
As I continued my search, I found that this little prayer of St. Ignatius had been turned into a song called Take and Receive, but that wasn’t the one I was looking for. Finally I found Dan Schutte’s song, and then I found Dan Schutte himself! Sure enough, Ignatian prayer is not only central to Dan Schutte’s prayerlife but to his music as well, and very recently, to his newly-published book, Walking the Sacred Path.
May I take this moment to wish you all a blessed Lent. I’ll be back soon (maybe tomorrow) with some Lenten thoughts and plans (for more love and grace).