a prayer for the nations

I’ve had this prayer bookmarked in my journal for the longest time. Maybe I’ve used it here before, but as I gathered my little holy cards and placeholders in preparation for a new journal, I took another look at this and found it worth the share, even if I have posted it already.

O Jesus, present in the sacrament of the altar, teach all the nations to serve you with willing hearts, knowing that to serve God is to reign. May your sacrament, O Jesus, be light to the mind, strength to the will, joy to the heart. May it be the support of the weak, the comfort of the suffering, the wayfaring bread of salvation for the dying and for all the pledge of future glory.

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

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