I began this blog with a prayer for starting the day. Reputedly, Pope Francis recites this prayer daily. Its delightful play between practicality and subtlety reminds us that we are both body and soul, flesh and spirit and that the pursuit of holiness demands the use and perfecting of everything that makes us human.

The Holy Family displaying a dose of good humour at the Musée de Cluny, Paris.

The Holy Family displaying a dose of good humour at the Musée de Cluny,

 

Prayer for Good Humor

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion,
and also something to digest.

Grant me a healthy body, and
the necessary good humor to maintain it.

Grant me a simple soul that knows to
treasure all that is good and that
doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things
back in their place.

Give me a soul that knows not boredom,
grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that
obstructing thing called “I.”

Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke
to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.

-St. Thomas More, Chancellor of King Henry VIII

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/12/pope-francis-reveals-a-saint-he-prays-to-every-day/#ixzz3Me1R0vx5

 

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