(Composed by Father Kentenich during his solitary confinement in the Gestapo prison in Koblenz, October 1941; written down in early January 1942. “Adsum” is Latin for “Here I am” or “I am ready”)
Mother, do you want my work? Adsum!
Do you want the slow wasting away of all my mental powers? Adsum!
Do you want my death? Adsum!
Only see to it that all whom you have entrusted to me love Our Lord and learn to live and to die for him.