A Prayer for Holiness

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Lord Jesus,
I fear I am like your neighbors–
it’s still easier to see holiness in
the lives of special people like saints and popes
than in the day-to-day lives most of us lead.

Today, Jesus, help me
to open my eyes
to the everyday holiness
all around me.
And help me to pray:

For spouses,
that they may grow in holiness through
their self-giving love for one another.

For parents,
that they may grow in holiness
through their self-giving love
for their children.

For single persons,
that they may grow in holiness
through their self-giving love for
family, friends, and the world.

For clergy,
that they may grow in holiness
through their self-giving love
for their people.

For religious,
that they may grow in holiness
in their self-giving love
for one another in their communities
and for the people they serve.

For workers and businesspeople
that they may grow in holiness
through their work.

Lord, no matter our vocation,
help us to answer your call
to grow in holiness;
help us all to be models
of self-giving love for one another
and to pass it on to the next generation,
so that the love we learn to practice
may spread throughout the world.
Amen.

~reposted from livingwithchrist.us

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5 responses »

  1. Amy, This is beautiful. I love the repetitions of “self-giving love” and how each stanza begins with “For’ and that the piece is book-ended by the stanzas beginning with “Lord. The rhythm is wonderful and the petitions! I love the spreading of love throughout the world from our humble, ordinary acts of self-giving. Thank you for writing this prayer; I will pray it. God Bless you always dear friend!

    • I agree; it is a beautiful prayer. I’m so thankful for the livingwithchrist.us morning prayer sent to my inbox! The prayers they send always seem to have a good practical application for our daily lives, which is something that can seem hard to come across. So when some exceptionally good ones come along, or ones that speak strongly, I feel a nudge to repost them. Many blessings to you ~

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