Prayer for Monday (St. Benedict of Norcia)

If men only understood
That their hatred and resentment
Slays their peace and sweet contentment,
Hurts themselves, helps not another,
Does not cheer one lonely brother,
They would seek the better doing
Of good deeds which leaves no rueing –
If they only understood.

~James Allen, Morning and Evening Thoughts

Father in Heaven who lovest all,
O help Thy children when they call;
That they may build from age to age
An undefiled heritage.

Teach us to rule ourselves alway;
Controlled and cleanly night and day;
That we may bring, if need arise,
No maimed or worthless sacrifice.

Teach us the strength that cannot seek,
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak:
That, under Thee, we may possess
Man’s strength to comfort man’s distress.

Teach us delight in simple things,
And mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men ‘neath the sun!

(Rudyard Kipling [1865-1936])

Today’s Affirmation:

“I love myself and everybody else and in return everybody loves me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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