August 4th, 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,
As we prepare to receive Holy Communion in the Eucharist, the presider will say to all assembled “The peace of the Lord be with you always! Let us offer each other the sign of peace!” The peace of Christ is given us to carry in our everyday lives, and to draw from when in fact we experience conflict, strife or division in our relationships to others. One prayer that helps many people recover some sense of peace and calm in their lives is “The Serenity Prayer.” A couple of weeks ago I shared a version of the Serenity Prayer written by Fr. James Martin SJ, the well-known Catholic writer and commentator. Several of you have approached me asking for a copy of the prayer which I include below:
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the people I cannot change,
which is pretty much everyone,
since I’m clearly not you, God.
At least not the last time I checked.
And while you’re at it, God,
please give me the courage
to change what I need to change about myself,
which is frankly a lot, since, once again,
I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.
It’s better for me to focus on changing myself
than to worry about changing other people,
who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying,
I can’t change anyway.
Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up
whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter
than everyone else in the room,
that no one knows what they’re talking about except me,
or that I alone have all the answers.
grant me the wisdom
to remember that I’m
St. Bridget of Kildare…pray for us!
Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!
Fr. Bill Heric