Teach Me To Listen Prayer
I am traveling with my daughter, Valerie, to Stratford Canada this week and seeing six plays. So in lieu of a regular post, here is one of my favorite prayers about teaching me to listen.
May you have a blessed week.
Teach me to listen, O God,
To those nearest me,
My family, my friends my co-workers,
Help me to be aware that
No matter what words I hear,
The message is
“Accept the person I am. Listen to me.”
Teach me to listen, my caring God,
To those far from me –
The whisper of the hopeless,
The plea of the forgotten,
The cry of the anguished.
Teach me to listen, O God my Mother,
Help me to be less afraid
To trust the voice inside –
In the deepest part of me
Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit,
For your voice-
In busyness and in boredom,
In certainty and in doubt,
In noise and in silence.
Teach me, Lord, to listen. Amen
– adapted from St Ignatius by John Veltri SJ
Moving, wise and appropriate for our times.