Keep us, oh God, from pettiness.
Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault finding & leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pettiness & meet each other face to face,
without self-pity & without prejudice.
May we always be patient,
never hasty in judgement & always tolerant.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
straightforward & unafraid.
Let us take time for all things; make us calm, serene & gentle.
Grant that we may realize it is the little things
in life that create differences,
That in the big things of life we are as one and
may we strive to touch and to know the great common heart of us all.
And oh God, let us not forget to be kind.
Prayer for Courage
Dear God, please grant us courage:
courage to look at our wrongs and correct them,
courage to confess our error and repair damage done,
courage to end dishonesty from our mouths and actions,
courage to speak the truth in all situations,
courage to stand up for others when they cannot stand up for themselves,
courage to seek where we give instead of how we can take,
courage to learn your path and to walk in it more and more,
courage to follow you, God, even when no one else seems to,
courage to wait patiently for your love and peace in solitude and meditation,
courage to make more time seeking you and less time seeking our own will,
courage to ask difficult and uncomfortable questions,
courage to spend more time understanding solutions than problems,
courage to seek humility and to listen for the Holy Spirit within us,
and courage to walk faithfully in obedience to your Love, Truth, Peace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Justice, Generosity, and Compassion in all things.
Prayer of St. Francis
It's not about being on knees and palms together. It's about request from the heart and a conscious choice of devoting oneself to Godly activity from inside.