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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Prayer: Prayer for the Grace to Age Well

When the signs of age begin to mark my body
(and still more when they touch my mind);
when the illness that is to diminish me or carry me off
strikes from without or is born within me;
when the painful moment comes to which I suddenly awaken
to the fact that I am growing ill or growing old;
and above all at the last moment
when I feel I am losing hold of myself
and am absolutely passive within the hands
of the great unknown forces that have formed me;
in all these dark moments, O God,
grant that I may understand that it is you
(provided only my faith is strong enough)
who are painfully parting the fibers of my being
in order to penetrate to the very marrow
of my substance and bear me away within yourself.


  1. This really speaks to me and reminds me of Pedro Arrupe's "In the Hands of God" which I pray frequently.

    1. Both are good prayers. I have special affection for Arrupe's, of course. This one is one that I will someday pray.