Friday, March 13, 2009

A Prayer in Time of Criticism

Heavenly Father,
I am the butt of severe criticism
on the part of others
and I do not know how to react to it.
Help me to know what to do
and to carry it out without fear or hesitation.
Let me fear nothing except to be faithless to you while avoiding bitterness, defensiveness, or retaliation.

Grant that I may have the moral strength
to keep my poise and my faith in myself
because they are founded on you.
If I deserve the criticism, let me realize it
so that I may change my ways.
If I do not deserve it
let me be gracious in being vindicated,
in imitation of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.


New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book, Catholic Book Publishing Company

3 comments:

Easter A. said...

I love this, Esther!

Gail said...

Esther,
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the prayers you are posting from St. Joseph's Prayer Book.They're so relevant in one's life, and I incorporate them into my daily prayers.
Once again, thank you for the spiritual "shot in the arm."

Esther said...

Ladies, I am trying to post prayers that we can relate to at one point or another. Glad you find them helpful.