Aug 25, 2021 177 Heidi Hess Saxton, USA

Transform Your Life Today!

I discovered the transformative power of the “Prayer of Abandonment” by Blessed Charles de Foucauld through one of my professors at graduate school, shortly after my husband and I became foster parents to a sibling group of three. I was reeling from the transition to motherhood, and my teacher suggested that this prayer might help me find the peace I so badly needed. 

“If you want to change your life,” the kindly priest explained, “say this prayer every day … and if you want to transform your marriage, say it with your husband!” Eagerly, I took the little prayer card, taped it to my bathroom mirror, and read it aloud each morning:

Father, I abandon myself into Your hands;

Do with me what You will.

Whatever You may do, I thank You:

I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only Your will be done in me, and in all Your creatures.

I wish no more than this, O Lord.


Into Your hands I commend my soul:

I offer it to You with all the love of my heart,

For I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself,

To surrender myself into Your hands without reserve,

And with boundless confidence,

For You are my Father.

For nearly twenty years, this heartfelt prayer of simple trust, based on the Lord’s Prayer (the Our Father), has been a constant source of light for me, especially as my husband and I continue to parent these children, two of whom we adopted in 2005. Through all the joys and sorrows of family life, this prayer rings true to me, and I find myself offering it in a new way now that my mother has joined our family. When dementia troubles her mind, this prayer helps me to walk with her without fear, with boundless confidence in the One who loves us both.


Heidi Hess Saxton

Heidi Hess Saxton is author of several books including "The Ave Prayer Book for Catholic Mothers" (available October 2021 through Ave Maria Press). A free downloadable called “A 40 Day Marriage Adventure,” a prayer exercise based on the Prayer of Abandonment, is available on her website “A Life on the Road Less Traveled” (heidisaxton.com).

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