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Martha Cason Callaway Chapel
Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, GA

This prayer from Cardinal John Henry Newman seems to have become increasingly important to me.  I find myself praying it often throughout the week, and sometimes, even multiple times a day.  While the entire prayer strikes me, there are a few words that seem especially personal…”May no one be less good for having come within my influence”; and “As I go my rounds from one distraction to another, let me whisper from time to time a word of love to Thee.”  Just those lines are exceptional prayers in and of themselves.  Hope you enjoy. 

Peace…

Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of life – in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those whom I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied.
Let me put myself aside to think of the happiness of others, to hide my little pains and heartaches, so that I may be the only one to suffer from them.
Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. Let me so use it that it may mellow me, not harden and embitter me; that it may make me patient not irritable, that it may make me broad in my forgiveness; not haughty and overbearing.
May no one be less good for having come within my influence, no one less pure, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow traveler in our journey towards Eternal Life.
As I go my rounds from one distraction to another, let me whisper from time to time a word of love to Thee.
May my life be spent in the supernatural full of power for good, strong in its purpose of Sanctity.
Amen.

To learn more about John Henry Newman, click here.

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