Lord, because love is patient…

February 14, 2012

My kids’ preschool sent this beautiful prayer home, and I wanted to share it on Valentine’s Day with you!

Lord, because love is patient
Help me to be slow to judge, but quick to listen. Hesitant to criticize, but eager to encourage, re-membering your endless patience with me.
Because love is kind…Help my words to be gentle and my actions to be thoughtful.
Because love does not envy or boast, and it is not proud…Help me have a heart that is humble and sees the good in others.
Because love is not rude or self-seeking…Help me to speak words that are easy on the ear and on the heart.
Because love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs…Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me.
Because love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth…Help me stand up for what is right and good.
Because love always protects and always trusts…Help me to be a refuge for those around me.
Finally, because love always perseveres…Help my heart continually beat with love for You and others.
Happy Valentine’s Day!  

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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