Saturday, March 14, 2009

Prayer in Time of Jealousy

Lord Jesus Christ,
I am caught in a web of jealousy
that stays with me night and day.
Help me to put away from me this evil
which your Word tells us rots bones (Prov 14:30)
and even shortens lives (Sir 30:24).
Bring home to me the further evils
to which it leads if left unchecked:
slander, calumny, hatred,
damaged relations, persecutions, and worse things.

Let me dwell constantly on the motives for loving others
rather than being jealous of them.
Remind me of the fleeting character
of all life's attachments and successes
and of the fact that our true happiness
lies in being united closely with you
and with all others in you.


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

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