Praying for those we may not think about praying for…

Possible Answers to Prayer

by Scott Cairns

Your petitions- though they continue to bear just the one signature-                                  have been duly recorded.   Your anxieties- despite their constant,                              relatively narrow scope and inadvertant entertainment value-                               nonetheless serve to bring your person vividly to mind.

Your repentance- all but obscured beneath                                                                                   a burgeoning, yellow fog of frankly more                                                                                  conspicuous resentment- is sufficient.                                                                                      Your intermittment concern for the sick,                                                                                    the suffering, the needy poor is sometimes                                                                            recognizable to me, if not to them.                  

Your angers, your zeal, your lipsmackingly                                                                             righteous indignation toward the many                                                                                  whose habits and sympathies offend you-                                                                               these must burn away before you’ll apprehend                                                                       how near I am, with what fervor I adore                                                                           precisely these, the several who rouse your passions.

During Lent the Church challenges us, in the name of Christ, to spend more time in prayer and reflection. Take some time this Lent and pray, consciously and by name, for those who you may put in the fifth stanza of Cairns’ poem. Praying for those we struggle with, resent, or dislike can be a way toward healing and inner peace. Sometimes we dislike (sometimes we may use the word hate), resent or wish ill upon folks who have betrayed, hurt or damaged us or others.

We human beings are a broken, mixed-up lot! Bringing into the presence of our loving God those we carry within us through our own mental meanderings and own cyclical thinking and inability to let go, is an exquisitely freeing type of surrender.

God, into your hands give us grace to commend and surrender those whose sympathies, habits, choices, behavior and judgment have hurt us, offended us, or simply annoy us. Amen!

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6 Responses to Praying for those we may not think about praying for…

  1. How is this? I hope that’s better. The poem was in a Lenten poetry collection put out by Justice Education – the folks who bring us “Just Faith” I believe. I got it from my wife. What does Kali Sarakosti mean?

  2. Dear Fr. Scott,
    I’m pretty sure that I wrote the poem in tercets; any chance you might tweak the lining to appear as written? Thanks, in any case, for your thoughtful post.

    Scott Cairns

    • Scott
      What a wonderful piece! I am happy to tweak in any way you like and since you wrote the piece, you know how it shoudl be presented. I typed it as I saw it in a publication and then when putting it on my blog, the Word Document messed with it. How would you like me to present it? I am not the best with posting things- I am still learning how to do that. Thanks for the response!
      Fr. Scott Leannah

      • Thanks. It ought to be in tercets, which is to say 3-line stanzas. A nice Trinitarian gesture, eh?

        Where, I’m wondering, did you see it published like this? The poem was in my book, Compass of Affection, duly lined.

        Kali Sarakosti,

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