Dear Jesus,

At times, painful experiences crop up in our lives,
the loss of someone beloved, illness,
economic loss, and other woes.
When they come upon us suddenly,
they are all the heavier.
We may at times grow numb,
not knowing what to say or do. 
We see how fragile we are.
In our weakness we cry to You
to give us the strength and serenity
to carry on, to live in hope.
Your death brought forth new life.
Share that new live with us.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary