... found in the book Saintly Solutions to Life's Common Problems, by Fr. Joseph Esper.
God of mercy and truth,You gave us the ability to speak
so that we might glorify You andencourage our brothers and sisters.Help me to overcome my tendency tospeak unkindly about othersand to criticize those around me.Teach me instead to praise, to encourage, to defend,and to say only those things I myself wouldwant to hear from someone else.Form within me the habit of praying for helpin overcoming those faults I observe and ofspeaking respectfully to those with whom I disagree.Please give me also the courage to accept criticismfrom others by responding calmly,while honestly considering whether their remarkscontain wisdom and truth.May all my words be pleasing to Youand beneficial to those who hear them. Amen.
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