Dear Companions on the Journey,
From an unknown author…followed by a known author:
I PRAYED FOR strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might obey.
I prayed for health that I might do great things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I prayed for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I prayed for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I prayed for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I received nothing that I asked for—all that I hoped for;
My prayers were answered—I am most blessed.
Thomas Aquinas has a way of saying something similar:
GIVE US, O LORD, STEADFAST HEARTS, which no unworthy thoughts can drag down; unconquered hearts, which no tribulation can wear out; upright hearts, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Amen.
What do you think?
And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center