Lord, sometimes I have a hard time finding something to pray about,
yet the reasons to give You thanks are not lacking.
Aren't there young people whose life's wish is found in these words:
"God, I wish I could see!" or "Lord, I wish I could hear!"
Yet, Lord, I who see, hear, speak with such ease,
often forget to thank You for these gifts which I take for granted.
Today, I thank You for my eyes which see light, colors,
and the faces of those who love me.
I thank You for my hearing
which allows me to enjoy people's voice and music.
I thank You for my voice
which allows me to express my thoughts and innermost feelings.
I thank You also for the sense of smell,
and the sense of touch.
Lord, You have given me the senses.
I now offer them back to You.
Help me to use my senses sensibly,
to see your beauty in the beauty of human faces and bodies,
of flowers and rainbows, of nature and art;
to use my eyes to read what will enrich my mind, ennoble my soul;
to use my ears to listen to your Word
and to what philosophers and scientists have to say
about the mysteries of man, of the universe, of creation,
so that I may better understand myself,
others, and You, the Creator of all things
seen and unseen, known and unknowable;
about the past and the present,
so that I may better understand myself, others, and You;
to use my voice to proclaim the truth
and to spread the joy around me.
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of
Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto ... continue reading
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