A quick look at the news today might cause you to dive into a tailspin. Massive earthquakes, oil prices rising 9% in a day, civil unrest rolling across the Middle East, unsustainable levels of debt. And that was just the headlines.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that everything is cycling out of control. That would be the case if everything depended upon us. Being people of faith, we know that the reality is that it God is in control. I scratch my head sometimes trying to figure out what He’s up to, but in the end, I know He is allowing these things to happen. Our job is to pray, and to trust.
A coworker and good friend recently introduced me to a little prayer written by St. Ignatius. I liked it so much I shared it with the person who led me through St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. When I showed it to her, she said she had never seen the prayer before, and we took a few moments and prayed it together.
I hope you’ll join me in praying it today. You might want to share it with others. Even though St. Ignatius wrote it centuries ago, I think he meant it for times such as these.
O Christ Jesus
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us a sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.