Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fr. Mark Kirby: Prayer of Forgiveness and Reparation

Lord Jesus Christ,
Who revealed the infinite mercy of Your Sacred Heart in saying:
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Mt 5:44)
and again, "Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you" (Lk 6:28),
give me, I beseech You, grace to obey these commandments of yours,
and to persevere in praying daily
for those who, in any way, have abused, cursed, hurt, or rejected me.

I pray for those who hate me,
for those who resent me
and for those who have spoken ill of me.
I beg you to bless them abundantly
and to pour into their hearts
such a profusion of healing mercies
that in them and around them
love will triumph over hatred,
friendship over resentment,
sweetness over bitterness,
meekness over anger,
and peace over enmity.
I further ask you to extend these graces
to their families and to all whom they hold dear.

In particular, I pray today for N. (and N.).
I present him/her/them to Your Eucharistic Face,
asking You to envelop him/her/them in Its healing radiance,
dispelling whatever shadows of sin
may have darkened his/her/their mind(s)
or hardened his/her their heart(s)
in anger, hatred, or the refusal to forgive.

For my part,
with deep sorrow I confess
that I have sinned grievously against others,
causing them pain and even endangering their souls.
I pray you, O Merciful Jesus, to repair the evil I have done to others
and to heal the hurt I have inflicted on them.
In particular, I acknowledge my sins against N. (and N.)
imploring You to heal and repair the harm I have done him/her/them.

I ask you so to penetrate my heart with the charity of Your Pierced Heart
that I will be able to forgive those who have offended me, to love them sincerely,
and to desire for them all that will contribute to their true happiness
in this life and in the next.

By means of a permanent intention,
I desire to renew this prayer in every offering of Your Holy Sacrifice.
Let the light of Your Eucharistic Face
shine in the hearts of all
who harbour hatred or resentment toward me,
to bring them healing and peace.
Let Your Precious Blood triumph over evil
in those against whom I have sinned and in those who have sinned against me,
so that, delivered from the shadows of this valley of tears,
we may one day praise Your Mercy together in the sweetness of a boundless charity.
~ A prayer Fr. Mark Kirby was inspired to write. ~

Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

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