A New Serenity Prayer
Blessed New Year 2013! It’s a first day of schooling. My teaching goal for this year: Put God first. Pray more. Grades do not define who they are.What I should be concerned about is what went wrong! Teach them how to fish and not giving them fish freely. May I be a faithful and loving instrument in the building up of your kingdom on earth as I try to follow the example of your Son Jesus Christ, the greatest Teacher.Amen.
On this first day of schooling also, I’m
Finding God in A New Serenity Prayer by James Martin, SJ as below:
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the people I cannot change,
which is pretty much everyone,
since I’m clearly not you, God.
At least not the last time I checked.
And while you’re at it, God,
please give me the courage
to change what I need to change about myself,
which is frankly a lot, since, once again,
I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.
It’s better for me to focus on changing myself
than to worry about changing other people,
who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying,
I can’t change anyway.
Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up
whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter
than everyone else in the room,
that no one knows what they’re talking about except me,
or that I alone have all the answers.
grant me the wisdom
to remember that I’m
By JAMES MARTIN, SJ