I just celebrated my 67th birthday this week.
I thought this prayer was fitting to reflect on the wisdom of humility as one grows older ~ ~
Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old.
Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord that I want a few friends in the end.
Keep my mind free of recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for the grace to enjoy the tales of others’ pain, but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint—some of them are so hard to live with—but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people.
And give me, Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen
~ 17th – Century Nun
Yet ~ balancing the above with a little hope, that with God’s help,
we can be more than we ever imagined ! ! !
the truth about myself
how beautiful it is!
~ Macrina Wiederkehr