lead us beyond ourselvesGod of light and God of darkness,
to care and protect,
to nourish and shape,
to challenge and energize
both the life and the world
You have given us.
God of conscience and God of courage
lead us through this timeLead us beyond fear, apathy and defensiveness
of spiritual confusion and public uncertainty.
to new hope in You and to hearts full of faith.Give us the conscience it takes
to comprehend what we’re facing,Give us the courage we need
to see what we’re looking at
and to say what we see
so that others, hearing us,
may also brave the pressure that comes
with being out of public step.
to confront those thingsGive us, most of all,
that compromise our consciences
or threaten our integrity.
the courage to follow those before usAmen
who challenged wrong and changed it,
whatever the cost to themselves.
-excerpted from a prayer at Monasteries of the Heart
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