Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me.
And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone. Amen.
– Thomas Merton
Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thine image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
You can find translations of this prayer in pretty much every language you can imagine over at Fr. Z’s blog wdtprs.com. Thank’s Fr. Z!
O Jesus, our Saviour and Brother, you modeled your understanding of leadership when you washed the feet of those who would imitate your life, identifying leadership with service. Call from among us, servant-leaders for our time which has little understanding of the power of weakness. Fill them with your courage and grace to gift their lives in loving service of your people; to nourish them on the Bread of your presence, to mediate your pardon, to inspire hope. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, Cure of Ars, humble and generous minister of God’s love, pray for us. You know the great need we have for proclaimers of God’s word and sacraments. Therese of Lisieux, you found your vocation in the life-blood of prayer for God’s people. Pray for those who serve as our priests and for some from among us to join them, that the heart of the Church may continue to beat in witness of God’s love for all the world. In faith we pray, through the same Christ our Lord.