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A Passionist Prayer
October 18, 2019
from St. Paul of the Cross
"Take courage and carry your cross with Jesus. Sleep quietly in the shadow of this tree of life. Nourish yourself with the fruits that fall from it. These fruits first appear bitter to the palate of the senses, but afterwards become most sweet to the palate of the spirit."
Lord, help me to seek the gifts that come from carrying my earthly cross. Let my trials breed in me love, patience, strength, modesty, fortitude and serenity. Forgive me for focusing my attention on the suffering, pain and sadness that comes with bearing my cross. Let it instead feed my spirit with your grace. May I always see the divine wisdom in these challenges. Build my faith and trust even when I do not understand your plan. Let me grow ever closer to you as I seek to live by your will.