Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reflections on the Litany of the Sacred Heart - 18

Heart of Jesus patient and abounding in mercy, have mercy on us ...

Patience -
to sit through lonely nights
to hold a trembling hand
to bend your head to listen
-simple human kindness

Mercy -
to bind up the wounded
to feed the starving
to forgive the humble sinner
- simple human loving

Patience -
to call a sinner home
every day, every hour, every moment
of a cruel, evil life
- holy, divine kindness

Mercy -
to hear their muttered prayer
spoken with their last breath
and grant them grace
-- holy, divine loving

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