the pastoral prayer|
Saint Aelred of Rievaulx
Translated by A Religious of C.S.M.V.
Edited by Matthew Dallman
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PRAYER FOR THE SUPPLY OF TEMPORAL NEEDS
Lord, as Thou shalt see fit,
provide Thy servants also with those temporal goods,
whereby the weakness of this wretched body
is in this life sustained.
This one thing only do I crave, my Lord,
from Thy sweet pity:
namely, that whether it be much or little that Thou givest,
Thou wouldst make me, Thy servant, a good and faithful steward
in respect of all,
a wise and fair distributor,
a sensible provider.
Inspire them, too, my God, to bear it patiently
when Thou withholdest things;
and, when Thou dost bestow, to use Thy gifts
with temperance and restraint.
Inspire them, O Lord, also to have of me,
who am Thy servant, and their servant for Thy sake,
such an opinion as may profit them,
such love and fear of me
as Thou, Lord, seest to be good for them.
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