Well, it’s finally here. Christmas is only a few short days away and we will soon be trading in our purple and pink Advent wreath for the white Christmas candle. As we celebrate this last week of Advent, we celebrate the arrival of Christ—he’s finally here! Sometimes, the last candle of the advent wreath is referred to as the candle of love—the love of God in the form of His son Jesus, the love that Jesus spread throughout the world, and the love that we all share for each other. As we end this Advent season, let us remember what the Christmas holiday is truly about, Christ and His love for mankind. If you have some extra time today, say the prayer below and reflect on His never ending love of you.
PRAYER FOR LOVING OTHERS
Lord, make me an instrument of your love.
May I see each circumstance in my life
as an opportunity to grow in your love.
May I see my environment
as a place to grow in your love.
May I then take this love to other people…
When I am tempted to become impatient,
help me to be patient.
When I am tempted to become unkind,
help me to be kind.
When I am tempted to become jealous,
help me to be tolerant.
When I am tempted to become boastful or proud,
help me give you the glory.
When I am tempted to be rude or selfish,
give me the gift of gentleness.
When I am tempted to take offense,
help me to let go.
When I am tempted to become angry with someone,
give me the gift of forgiveness.
When I am tempted to become resentful,
give me your power to love.
Lord, grant that I may take no pleasure in criticizing others,
but that I may see good in them, as you do.
When I begin to concentrate on the faults and failures of others,
give me courage to praise their accomplishments.
Help me be loyal to those you give me to love.
Help me to believe in them,
even when they do not believe in themselves.
To expect the best from them,
but accept the best they can give.
May I always defend them,
as you always defend me.
All gifts and powers come from you.
All will come to an end.
With one important exception, the gift of love!!!
Lord, when I was a child,
I thought like a child,
I acted like a child,
and I reasoned like a child.
Now that I have become an adult,
I release my childish ways.
Prayer gathered from catholicdoors.com Post written by Katie Karpinski