Prayer for the Grace to Age Well

Prayer for the Grace to Age Well

When the signs of age begin to make my body
(and still more when they touch my mind);
when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off
strikes from without or is born within me;
when the painful moment comes
in which I suddenly awaken
to the fact that I am ill of growing old;
and above all at the last moment
when I feel I am losing hold of myself
and am absolutely passive within the hands
of the greatest unknown forces that have formed me;
in all those dark moments, O God,
grant that I may understand that it is you
(provided only may faith is strong enough)
who are painfully parting the fibres of my being
in order to penetrate to the very marrow
of my substance and bear me away within myself.

– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S..J. (1881-1955)

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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