I Choose To Breathe in the Breath of Christ – A Prayer by Joseph Tetlow

by Christine Sine
aboriginal crucifixion

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I just came across this beautiful prayer by Joseph Tetlow, author of Making Choices in Christ and Choosing Christ in the World, on the Ignatian Spirituality website. I love breath prayers and this is particularly moving as we move through Holy week. The prayer is a contemporary paraphrase of the Anima Christi. Nothing like anticipation to keep us going.

I choose to breathe the breath of Christ
that makes all life holy.

I choose to live the flesh of Christ
that outlasts sin’s corrosion and decay.

I choose the blood of Christ
along my veins and in my heart
that dizzies me with joy.

I choose the living waters flowing from his side
to wash and clean my own self and the world itself.

I choose the awful agony of Christ
to charge my senseless sorrows with meaning
and to make my pain pregnant with power.

I choose you, good Jesus, you know.

I choose you, good Lord;
count me among the victories
that you have won in bitter woundedness.

Never number me among those alien to you.

Make me safe from all that seeks to destroy me.

Summon me to come to you.

Stand me solid among angels and saints
chanting yes to all you have done,
exulting in all you mean to do forever and ever.

Then for this time, Father of all,
keep me, from the core of my self,
choosing Christ in the world.  Amen.

– Joseph Tetlow SJ


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