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Hey, God, Tattoo that on my Heart

You have probably heard of Gregory Boyle’s book Tattoos on the Heart. The title comes from a situation in which Boyle catches Sharkey doing the right thing and telling him that his courage made him a “giant among men.” Sharkey responded, “I’m gonna tattoo that on my heart.”

When I read Scripture, I am sometimes struck with a phrase I don’t want to forget. “O God, don’t let me forget. I need this. Tattoo it on my heart. Imprint it on my mind.” Here are some lines I hope are tattooed onto my heart:

Yet not my will but yours be done.

Of his fullness we have all had a share—love following upon love.

Live on in my love.

I have been crucified with Christ, and the life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me.

As often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.

What lines do you want tattooed on your heart? If you had an external tattoo, what word would you want it to be?


Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider, SND is a Sister of Notre Dame of the Toledo Ohio Province. She has graciously given us permission to use to her blogs and to spread the good Word. Visit

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