Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Autumn of Life

On September 1st, I am often reminded by my aching joints that I am aging. Ruminating on this fact of life, I came across this 17th Century Nun's Prayer I tucked in my journal many years ago and now seems ever so nearer and relevant to me.

Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cock-sureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint - some of them are so hard to live with - but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people.
And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

That's me away to get the liniment.


Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Those are words we could all do well to remember. Oh and can you share some of that liniment? LOl! I overdid it a wee bit yesterday and I found some new muscles today.

PlainCatholic said...

Absolutely you can borrow the liniment! Finding muscles is good. Minding the muscle pain not so much, LOL.

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