Prayer From The Saint Of The Day

My friend John Donaghy shared this translation of a prayer by the Chilean Jesuit Saint Alberto Hurtado:

Lord help me speak the truth before the strong
And not to tell lies to win the applause of the weak.

If you give me fortune, don’t take away my happiness.
If you give me strength, don’t take away my reason.
If you give me success, don’t take away my humility.
If you give me humility, don’t take away my dignity.

Help me always see the other side of the medal.
Don’t let me frame others for betrayal
for not thinking like me.
Teach me to love people as myself
and judging me like others.

Don’t let me fall into pride if I triumph,
Not even in despair if I fail.
Rather remind me that failure
is the experience that precedes the triumph.

Teach me that forgiving is the greatest thing in the fort,
And that revenge is the primitive sign of the weak.

If you take away my fortune, leave me hope.
If you take away my success, leave me the strength to succeed from failure.

If I fail people, give me courage to apologize.
If people fail with me, give me courage to forgive.
Lord, if I forget You, don’t forget me.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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