Prayer for July - August









The Sufi Bayazid says this about himself:

      ‘I was a revolutionary when I was young

       and all my prayer to God was,

    ‘‘Lord give the energy to change the world.’’


























Disturb us, O Lord

when we are too well pleased with ourselves;

when our dreams have come true

because we dreamed too little;

when we have arrived in safety

because we sailed too close to the shore.








Disturb us, O Lord

when with the abundance of things we possess

we have lost our thirst for the waters of Life;

when, having fallen in love with time,

we have ceased to dream of eternity;

and when, in our efforts to build a new earth,

we have allowed our vision of the New Heaven

to grow dim.






Get us, O Lord, to dare more boldly,

to venture more seas,

where storms shall show your mastery,

where losing sight of land,

we shall find the stars.


In the name of the One who pushes back

the horizons of our hopes

and invites the brave to follow…





Glory be to the Father

and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit …




Prayer submitted by Mary Dunne


Now that I am an old man

and my days are numbered,

my prayer now is:


 ‘‘Lord, give me the grace to change myself.’’


 If I had prayed this right from the start

I should not have wasted my life’’.’


As I approached middle age

and realised that half my life was gone

without my changing a single soul,

I changed my prayer to:

‘‘Lord, give me the grace to change all those

who come in contact with me.

Just my family and friends, and I will be content.’’