A Prayer by a SIR Francis and Not a SAINT Francis.    

[On September 26, 1580, Francis Drake arrived back at Plymouth becoming the Englishman to sail around the world. The journey began on December 13, 1577.  This prayer has been attributed to him.]

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
(Attributed to Sir Francis Drake, 1577)

LINK to prayer: http://yourdailyprayer.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/prayer-for-wednesday-8/

[Illustration: A picture of a painting of Sir Francis Drake by Jodocus Hondius.   This is a faithful photographic reproduction of an original two-dimensional work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain.  Thanks to Wikimedia Commons.]

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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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One Response to A Prayer by a SIR Francis and Not a SAINT Francis.    

  1. Kristen O Harrison says:

    What a prayer!!! Praying to push the envelope of our expectations…amazing..will share this!

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