Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Prayer For the Grace to be Merciful to Others

The following was shared by a friend.

I want to be completely transformed into Your Mercy and
to be Your living reflection, O Lord. May the greatest of all divine
attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my
heart and soul to my neighbor.
Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that
I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for
what is beautiful in my neighbors' souls and come to their rescue.
Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give
heed to my neighbors' needs and not be indifferent to their pains
and moanings.
Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I
should never speak negatively of my neighbor, but have a word of
comfort and forgiveness for all.
Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with
good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbors
and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks.
Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to
assist my neighbor, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My
true rest is in the service of my neighbor.
Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I
myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor. I will refuse
my heart to no one, I will be sincere even with those who, I
know, will abuse my kindness. And I will lock myself up in
the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in
silence. May Your Mercy, O Lord, rest upon me. (163)
Franciszek Cardinal Macharski
Kraków, Poland
August. 1, 1994
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
ul, Siostry Faustyny 3/9, 30-420
Kraków, Poland

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