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Weekly Prayer

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The things that come out from within are what defile…

Jesus, I have little interest in
ancient dietary laws.
And the continuing debates
over the importance of
“nature vs. nurture”
have left me thinking
that the development of
human character and actions
is more complex than
what you say here.
After all, millions of years
of evolution as well as
the circumstances of my life,
and the choices I and others have made,
have all had a very great affect
on who I am,
and on how I act,
for good, and for ill.

And yet, Lord, I know that,
from whatever the cause,
at least some of the evils you mention
do lurk in my heart;
and by letting them live there,
and by letting them rise out of me,
I am not only hurting myself,
but helping to pass them on to others
and to generations yet unborn.

Lord, these things
live within me so deeply
that I cannot root them out
by myself.
Only with your help
can I be truly clean.

At Mass today,
and all the days of my life,
help me to open myself
to the Eucharist and all it means.
Help me always choose to live
on the food of your love,
so that, more and more,
what rises from my heart
will only be you.

  Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA Photo
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