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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

For the times I fail...

...and I fail, on a grand scale...

Teach me, Lord, to be mild and gentle in all the events of life-
in disappointments,
in the thoughtlessness of others,
in the insincerity of those I trusted,
in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied.

Let me put myself aside,
to think of the happiness of others,
to hide my little pains and heartaches,
so that I may be the only one to sufer from them.

Teach me to profit by the suffering
that comes across my path.
Let me so use it that it may mellow me,
not harden or embitter me;
that it may make me patient, not irritable;
that it may make me broad in my forgiveness,
not narrow, haughty, and overbearing.

May no one be less good
for having come within my influence;
no one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble
for having been a fellow-pilgrim
on our journey toward eternal life.

As I go my rounds from one distraction to another,
let me whisper from time to time a word of love to You.
May my life be lived in the supernatural,
full of power for good,
and strong in its purpose of sanctity.


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