A Hermit’s Prayer [Not Just!] by Sr. Emmanuel Bryant

[Although this prayer is written BY a hermit — Sr. Emmanuel Bryant — is is certainly prayable by those of us in so-called “real” world.]

I Pray…
That I may depend on You and myself;
That You, Jesus and Your Spirit will fill my emptiness;
That I will ask You for help;
That You will give me a sense of well being;
That You will fill my loneliness;
That I will yearn only for You;
That Your Blessed Sacrament will give me dignity;
That I will solve my own problems with Your guidance;
That I will face myself;
That I will face the responsibilities of life;
That I will face my commitments;
That I will face life’s tensions one day at a time;
That I will face myself;
That I will find my security in Your mercy;
That I will know that I am not alone, that You are with me as You said;
That I will turn myself over to Your care and protection;
That I will be available to myself;
That I will recognize my delusions and other’s illusions;
That I will intimate with myself;
That I will ask for faith;
That I will know You are with me;
That will know that You will make up for my inadequacies;
That I will understand that I am worth your Son’s life;
That I will know I am in Your arms and You will never let me go.

Sr. Emmanuel Bryant


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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2 Responses to A Hermit’s Prayer [Not Just!] by Sr. Emmanuel Bryant

  1. Loretta Hammond says:

    The “Hermit’s Prayer” reminds me of a song with words something like these, “It’s ALL about YOU, Jesus. Forgive me for making it all about me.”

  2. Anne Comeaux says:

    What a wonderful prayer. I’m printing it and putting it in my breviary. What more can I ask for than what this prayer asks?

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