Thursday, May 07, 2009

A Prayer for Today

In honor of the National Day of Prayer, one of my favorite prayers appears below. It was written by Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales, and it is as timely today as it was four centuries ago.

This prayer helped me through countless personal trials in years past. Now, in view of our troubled times, I pray it with our country at heart:

Do not look forward to the trials and crosses of this life with fear. Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will in his love enable you to profit by them. He has guided you thus far in life. Do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all trials. Whenever you cannot stand, He will carry you lovingly in his arms.

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same Eternal Father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads and all anxious imaginations.