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Ms C 34v

[34v°] And I am no longer in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep in your name those whom you have given to me.

“But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, in order that they may have joy made full in themselves. I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not [5] pray that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

“Yet not for these only do I pray, but for those who through their word are to believe in me.

“Father, I will that where I am, these also whom you have given me [10] may be with me, that they may see my glory which you have given me, because you loved me from the foundation of the world. And I have made known your name to them, and will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Yes, Lord, this is what I would like to repeat after You before flying into Your arms. Perhaps this is boldness? No, for a long time You permitted me to be bold with You. You have said to me as the [15] father of the prodigal son said to his older son: “EVERYTHING that is mine is yours.” Your words, O Jesus, are mine, then, and I can make use of them to draw upon the souls united to me the favors of the heavenly Father. But, Lord, when I say: “I will that where I am, these also whom you have given me may be with me,” I do not mean that [20] these cannot attain a higher glory than the one You will be pleased to give me, but I simply ask that we all be one day united in Your beautiful heaven. You know, O my God, I have never desired anything but to love You, and I am ambitious for no other glory.

 

 

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