PRAYERS AT THE TIME OF A NEW YEAR
As we embark upon this New Year and are at the peak of the celebration of the Christmas Feast on the Epiphany of Our Lord, I would like to offer these two prayers for consideration:
Prayer of Saint Francis de Sales
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.
The same everlasting Father who takes care of you today
will take care of you tomorrow and every day.
Either He will shield you from suffering or
He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations
and say continually,
“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped.
He is not only with me, but in me, and I in Him.”
Prayer for Enemies (St. Thomas More)
Almighty God, have mercy on N. and N. etc.,
and on all that bear me evil will and would harm me.
And by such easy, tender, and merciful means
as Your infinite wisdom can best devise,
grant that their faults and mine may both
be amended and redressed;
and make us saved souls together,
where we may ever live and love together
with You and Your blessed saints.
O glorious Trinity, grant this for the sake
of the bitter Passion of our sweet Savior Christ.
Lord, give me patience in tribulation,
and grace in everything to conform my will
to Yours, that I may truly say: “Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:10)
The things, good Lord, that I pray for,
give me the grace to labor for.