Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet & gentle in all the events of my 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 & 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 & 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 supernatural,
full of power for good, & strong in its purpose of sanctity. Amen.