Preserve in me the heart of a child,
pure and transparent as spring water.
Obtain for me a simple heart
that does not brood over sorrows;
A heart generous in giving itself,
Quick to feel compassion;
A faithful, generous heart
that forgets no favor and holds no grudge.
Give me a humble, gentle heart
Loving without asking any return;
A great indomitable heart,
That no ingratitude can close,
No indifference can weary;
A heart tortured by its desire for the glory of Jesus Christ:
Pierced by His love
With a wound that will heal only in heaven.
- Fr. Leonce de Grandmaison