Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Prayer

I thought I'd share this:

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, Inflame my heart with love for You and for those around me.

Grant, O Lord, that every moment of this day, in all my dealings with others, I may keep in mind Your words, " long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me."

Grant that I may rule all my dealings with others according to Your command: " one another, as I have loved you."

Grant that I may think of them as You think of them and of me.

Grant that I may feel toward them as You feel toward them and me. Grant that I may speak to them and of them as You would were You in my place. Grant that I may bear with them as You bear with me.

Grant that I may regard it a privilege "...not to be ministered unto, but to minister."

Grant that I may seek opportunities of doing good to them in a kindly way — seeing You, serving You, in them.

Place Your thoughts in my mind, Your love in my heart, Your words on my lips — that I may learn to love others as You love me.

Fr. John Harden SJ

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