Day 15 - 40 Day Prayer Pledge
[St. Paul] So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12:7-10
So many times we want our lives to be perfect, and we think God will only accept us if we are perfect. But God understands our weakness even better than we do. All He asks is for a decent effort full of love and confidence in Him. How do I react when things don’t go the way I want them to? What tends to make me fall into the trap of discouragement of self-pity. Read the passage again, slowly, maybe out loud; ask Jesus to teach you to lean on His strength and trust in Him.
(Make the Sign of the Cross)
A Prayer of Devotion of the Sacrament of the Present Moment
Jesus, I will not wait,
I will live the present moment, filling it to the brim with love.
A straight line is made of millions of tiny points united to each other.
My life too is made of millions of seconds and minutes united to each other.
I will perfectly arrange every single point
And the line will be straight.
I will live perfectly every minute
And my life will be holy.
The road of hope is paved with small steps of hope.
The life of hope is made of brief minutes of hope.
Like you, Jesus,
who always did what was pleasing to your Father.
Every minute I want to tell you:
Jesus, I love you,
My life is ever a “new and eternal covenant” with You.
Every minute I want to sing with your Church:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Venerable Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan