FireBoy3

I have been struck over the last few weeks regarding the need or rather health of repetition and form.  Repetition and form in prayer, in spiritual practices, and even in locations.  I will be writing on this topic over the next few weeks, but as I am on vacation I will leave you with this prayer.  It is borrowed from Mother Teresa and is becoming my prayer of repetition and form for right now.  (As I fight the demons of people pleasing and wanting to be applauded!)

Deliver me, O Jesus,
From the desire of being loved,
From the desire of being extolled,
From the desire to being honored,
From the desire of being praised,
From the desire of being preferred,
From the desire of being consulted,
From the desire of being approved,
From the desire of being popular,
From the fear of being humiliated,
From the fear of being despised,
From the fear of suffering rebukes,
From the fear of being calumniated,
From the fear of being forgotten,
From the fear of being wronged,
From the fear of being ridiculed,
From the fear of being suspected.
Amen.

Advertisements