Translated from the Spanish by Fr. Mark Stengel, O.S.B., our Oblate Director
O Lord, in the silence of this day which is now beginning,
I come to ask you for peace, wisdom, and strength.
Today I want to look upon the world with eyes full of love;
to be patient, understanding, humble, calm, and good.
Today I want to see beyond the appearances of your children,
to see them as you yourself see them and so to be able
to appreciate the goodness of each person.
Close my ears to all murmuring; guard my tongue from all evil
speech, so that only those thoughts that bless may remain in me.
Today I want to be so well-intentioned and just that all those
who approach me may feel your presence.
Clothe me with your goodness, O Lord, and grant that,
during this day I may reflect you. Amen.
N.B. The word “murmuring” in the prayer reflects St. Benedict’s condemnation of the practice of complaining and gossiping by his monks. He calls this “the vice of murmuring.”