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Prayer Pledge

Prayer Pledge 2018: Contrition // Day 2

prayer pledge contrition week

Give Me Someone

Lord, when I am famished,
give me someone who needs food;
when I am thirsty,
give me someone who needs water;
when I am cold,
give me someone to warm;
when I am hurting,
give me someone to console;
when my cross becomes heavy,
give me another’s cross to share;
when I am poor,
lead someone needy to me;
when I have no time,
give me someone to help for a moment;
when I am humiliated,
give me someone to praise;
when I am discouraged,
send someone to encourage;
when I need another’s understanding,
give me someone who needs mine;
when I need somebody to take care of me,
send me someone to care for;
when I think of myself,
turn my thoughts toward another.

-Author Unknown, from the Notre Dame Book of Prayer

Reflect

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.

Do I try to cultivate true humility in my soul, which sees my gifts, talents, and shortcomings as they are, knowing my identity as a woman of God?

Do I seek places or words of honor which please my ego, or am I satisfied for others to be recognized for their contributions?

Am I willing to seek the invisible people in my church and community, to stand with them in solidarity, even if that is an unpopular choice?

Have I been more concerned with what others think of me than with cultivating a spirit of docility to the Holy Spirit’s leading?

Act

Take this week to honestly examine your life and your priorities. Hold your life up to the light of Christ. Look for imperfections and shortcomings. Resolve to be open to conversion and to be better with and for the Lord.

Let Us Pray

Jesus, help me to put others before myself. Rid me of any selfishness and instill in me a true humility so that I will find my confidence in You. Amen.

For Your Inspiration

Each week, we will have a special download for each form of prayer: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (ACTS). Download this week’s printable below.

Sarah Babbs is a writer and mother of three, including twin toddlers. She writes about faith, social teaching, and navigating life as a motherless daughter and mother. You can find out more about her here.

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