Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What should be our prayer during Holy Week?


As I Am, Lord

Because I am obnoxious, forgive me Lord.
Because I am dishonest, forgive me Lord.
Because I am egotistical, forgive me Lord.
Because I am undisciplined, forgive me Lord.
Because I am weak, forgive me Lord.
Because I am impure, forgive me Lord.
Because I am arrogant, forgive me Lord.
Because I am self-centered, forgive me Lord.
Because I am pompous, forgive me Lord.
Because I am insincere, forgive me Lord.
Because I am unchaste, forgive me Lord.
Because I am grasping, forgive me Lord.
Because I am judgmental, forgive me Lord.
Because I am impatient, forgive me Lord.
Because I am shallow, forgive me Lord.
Because I am inconsistent, forgive me Lord.
Because I am unfaithful, forgive me Lord.
Because I am immoral, forgive me Lord.
Because I am ungrateful, forgive me Lord.
Because I am disobedient, forgive me Lord.
Because I am selfish, forgive me Lord.
Because I am lukewarm, forgive me Lord.
Because I am slothful, forgive me Lord.
Because I am unloving, forgive me Lord.
Because I am uncommitted, forgive me Lord.
Because I am sinful, forgive me Lord.
Because I am loved by You, thank you Lord!

Prayer composed by Father Raymond A. Pavlick
Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, N.J.

6 comments:

Margaret said...

Thank you for sharing that beautiful prayer Paul. And how appropriate for the Lenten season.

Blessings.

Anonymous said...

That's a very good prayer!!! It is a list of weaknesses which can help us to examine our conscience before going to confession this Holy Week....it teaches us to know ourselves better....According to Blessed Mother Teresa .." If we are full of sin, God cannot fill us, because even God cannot fill what is full. That's why we need forgiveness to become empty, and then God fills us with Himself. "

Salamat Pablo... :))

Samantha said...

What a tremendous prayer! Thank you for posting that Mr. Melanson.

I will pray for all your intentions this week and at Easter Mass.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Thank you all for your kind words. I wish you all a Blessed Easter and will keep you in my prayers, especially at Holy Mass. And to my friend anonymous from the Philippines, Salamat sa Dios!

Ellen Wironken said...

I want to add my thanks. Our culture is thoroughly imbued with pride (a Satanic pride even) and both arrogance and impatience. I plan on printing this prayer and distributing it to my prayer group. I think it needs to be distributed everywhere. We need the graces to overcome these faults. God is not happy with us. This is why He is permitting so much to happen now. As a merciful chastisement.

Ted Loiseau said...

What a difference between this beautiful prayer and the pharisaical prayer of most during the lenten season. That prayer starts with the refrain, "I thank you Lord that I'm not a sinner like that publican over there....I do this, I do that, me me me me me."

Father's prayer captures the AUTHENTIC spirit of the Gospel, as opposed to the Gospel of Self-Righteousness.

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