Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Prayer: After the Turbulence of the Day (Camara)


After the turbulence of the day,
thank you for sending the peacefulness of the night.
How blessed the peace of the night,
so still,
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,
coarse actions.

Mindful, Father,
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,
or bitterness
against anyone.

Fill us
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

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