Prayer or Guide~!

St. Hildegard of BIngen is depicted on a gilded altarpiece inside the Rochuskapelle, a pilgrim church dedicated to St. Roch in the town of Bingen am Rhein, Germany. Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree May 10 that formalized her Sept. 17 feast and added her name to the church's catalogue of saints. The German Benedictine mystic, although venerated for centuries, had never been officially canonized. (CNS photo/courtesy of KNA) (May 11, 2012) See POPE-SAINTS May 10, 2012.

Regardless if one prays or not, this prayer -written by an abbess- is a must read for all of us, who are getting older (and older).

As for me, it’s the perfect guide on how to grow older:

Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess

Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains — they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint — it is so hard to live with some of them — but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.


She nailed it, didn’t she?



8 thoughts on “Prayer or Guide~!

  1. I spend a lot of time trying NOT to get involved in other people’s business, but they keep sucking us in anyway. I hate the drama. I just hate it. I’ve spent a lifetime dealing with my own drama and what I want now is a break. A nice, long, drama-free stretch. Some good years of peace.

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