Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 25a


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O God of the ages, grant that I may not fail to profit by the heavenly wisdom which in time past you granted to your servants.

A wise man wrote,
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.
[1]
O God, give me grace to profit by this word.
A wise man wrote,
Our wills are ours to make them Thine.[2]
O God, give me grace to profit by this word.
A wise king said,
Nothing for me is too early or too late which is in due time for Thee.[3]
O God, give me grace to profit by this word.
A wise man said,
Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.[4]
O God, give me grace to profit by this word.
A wise man said,
In His Will is our peace.[5]
O God, give me grace to profit by this word.
A wise woman said,
The divine moment is the present moment.[6]
O God, give me grace to profit by this word.
A wise woman said,
He asks too much to whom God is not sufficient.
O God, give me grace to profit by this word.
A wise man prayed,
Give what Thou commandest, and command what Thou wilt.[7]
O God, give me grace to pray this prayer.
A wise man prayed,
My past life hide; my future guide. (Quod vixi tege, quod vivam rege.)
O God, give me grace to pray this prayer.
Grant, O Father, that as I go about my day I will keep in mind the great traditions that are my foundation and the great cloud of witnesses which at all times surround me, so that I may be kept from evil ways and inspired to high endeavor. Keep me until evening in the might of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons



[1]William Wordsworth, 1806
[2]Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1849
[3]Marcus Aurelius, c. 161-180
[4]William Carey, 1792
[5] Dante Alighieri, c. 1308-1321
[6] Saint Catharine of Genoa (1447-1510)
[7]St. Augustine

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