You Can Quote Me On This

I like quotes. Mainly quotes on aspects of spiritual formation and stuff. So I’m going to post a lot of quotes. By definition quotes are stolen from someone. In my case I even steal them from folks who lifted them from someone else. I’ll try to give proper props to whoever said it, or stole it before I did, but if not, well… “Sorry” will have to do.

One thing you need to know about me is that I’m not smart enough to come up with things on my own. Everything I know I learned from someone else. So if I say something that even remotely sounds intelligent, or insightful, or profound. You’ll know where it didn’t come from.

Anyway, here’s a “Prayer Attributed To A Seventeenth Century Nun” from Ken Gire’s Book, Between Heaven And Earth

“Lord, you know better than I know myself that I am getting older, and will someday be old. Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from 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 you know Lord that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind from the recital of endless details- give me wings to come to the point.

I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others’ pain. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains- they are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. 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 it is possible that 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 woman 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, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.”

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One Response to “You Can Quote Me On This”

  1. wdennisgriffith Says:

    Welcome to the world of blogdom! I am anticipating sage insights… Yoda.

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