Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Prayer 1852: Confessing Our Contempt

With the rising light
we bow our hearts before You, Blessed Savior,
and center ourselves within your grace,
turning to you as little children
seeking your will in our lives.

Merciful God, we confess our sins to you:
We cast our sins as virtues
and transform "charity" into an expletive;
we turn from You and one another,
trusting only in ourselves;
we exploit the desperate, scorn the poor,
and mock the marginalized.

Forgive, forgive, forgive, we pray:
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
strengthen us in love.

We cast ourselves upon your compassion, O God,
that we be cleansed of our arrogance and anger,
and strengthened to true repentance.
Help us correct our course away from the shoals of contempt
toward the path of life and compassion.

Reawaken our hearts to seek reconciliation,
and make us a faithful people, Beloved Jesus,
embodying your gospel of healing into the world.


Image: A mural by South African artist Faith47 in Miami.

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