Prayer Only for Today


I came across this beautiful prayer several days ago in the Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion book.  I’ve been praying it and would like to offer it for your reflection.

Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

Only for today, I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

Only for today, I will devote ten minutes to some good reading, for good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

Only for today, I will make a plan for myself; I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

Only for today, I will have no fears.  In particular, i will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness.

(Pope John XXIII)

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gary Hernandez
    Aug 24, 2016 @ 09:14:38

    Kellie I like this prayer. Thought you might like it. 🙂

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  2. Jimmy Dauzat
    Aug 24, 2016 @ 09:32:45

    Thanks, Joan.

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  3. Lou
    Aug 24, 2016 @ 10:23:36

    Great on Only for today…enjoyed it and trying to follow that😅😅just suggest The Innkeepers book to someone and she said she’s heard of the book from friends so I gave her your site to look at..love and prayers …and stay humble and kind

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  4. Louella Champagne
    Aug 24, 2016 @ 14:26:57

    Awesome but such a challenge even if just for a day

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  5. Arleen Orgeron
    Aug 24, 2016 @ 22:21:41

    Thx Joan! Hope you are well (and dry!) Love, Arleen

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