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