AFTER THE TURBULENCE OF THE DAY
After the turbulence of the day,
thank you for sending the peacefulness of the night.
How blessed the peace of the night,
that the very tones
of mountain and skyscraper
lose their jutty, harsh aspect
and bathe in thrilling stillness.
Let us not ruminate upon
the disagreeable scenes of the day.
Let us not rehearse
bitter, hard words,
of your infinite patience with us,
your infinite goodness,
we ask you to help us
never to harbour a single drop
of hatred, or resentment,
with your limitless mercy.
--- Helder Camara
Camara, Helder."After the turbulence of the Day". Robert Van de Weyer. The HarperCollins Book of Prayers. HarperSanFrancisco, 1993. p. 82f