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Your Mercy and Understanding

Columban Weekly Prayer

Dear Jesus, I try to come to You as I am 
though I know that I do try to give a good appearance, 
to show off my best self. 
Yet You accept me with all the pretense, 
with all my faults and failings. 
Your mercy and understanding bring healing to my heart. 
You call me to simplicity, to be like Nathaniel 
a person without guile. 
I come to realize that all that I am and all that I have is your gift, 
that to be my true self I need to give myself away as you did. 
Your love calls me to love in turn. 


— By a Columban Missionary