Wednesday, April 10
Today pray with your pinky finger. Your little pinky finger represents you. It’s easy to pray for others and to recognize their needs, but what about me. What do I need?
One way to pray for yourself is to say—
“Lord, Jesus Christ, (inhale)
Son of God (exhale)
Have mercy on me, (inhale)
a sinner.” (exhale)
I am in need… help me
I am here… use me
I am ready… send me
A Prayer by Thomas Merton - A wonderful way to pray for self:
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 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 that 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 perils alone.
Another great prayer - the suspice by St Ignatius of Loyola
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.