Dear Lord, please help me increase my charity and devotion to You, especially those times that are especially difficult and I cannot find the kind words to speak to others. In these times, let me be silent and prayerful, and let me not speak an ugly word to my neighbor. Help me to remember that all are mirrors of You. When I look at them, let me remember to look for You in them. Help me forget my anger and please You in others.
** Learning Christ**
Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle
In all the events of life-
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 suffer 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 nor 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-traveler in 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 Thee. May my life be lived in the super-natural, full of power for
Good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity. Amen.*