I used to be careless and carefree … but now – I don’t know whether it is due to age or the weather or even a condition of blood pressure – as my younger sister who aspires to be a home doctor claims – I find myself getting all serious on things that I did not bother about before. ‘Over thinking it‘ in the jargon of my nieces.
Thus I was happily surprised when I came across this article in Aleteia mentioning the prayer by St. Thomas Moore which Pope Francis has been reciting daily for 40 years!! It is surely a secret to his cheerfulness … and so I gladly share for any of my cranky friends out there. 😍
Extract from Aleteia article …
In a book-interview “God is Young,” the Holy Father reveals the prayer he’s been reciting for 40 years to not be taken too seriously and maintain a touch of 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 (1478-1535).
It reminds me of the words of Chesterton
which I had also quoted in a previous post Angels with only one wing along with other advice to myself .. which I have not quite taken heed of. Or have I ??
Aww … what the heck… life is too short to wonder whether I have or not. 😘 😘