Prayer for Vocations in the Diocese of Kerry
Almighty and eternal God,
in your unfailing love you provide
ministers for your Church.
We pray for those whom you call
to serve the Church in Kerry
Inspire in them a generous response.
Grant them courage and vision to
serve your people
May their lives and service call your
people to respond to the presence
of your spirit among us
that, faithful to the Gospel and
hope of Jesus the Christ, we may:
announce glad tidings to the poor
proclaim liberty to captives,
set prisoners free
and renew the face of the earth.
Slow Me Down, Lord – Prayer
Slow me down, Lord, Slow me down!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind
Give me amid the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills
With soothing music of the singing stream
That live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking a minute vacation
Of slowing down to look at a flower,
To chat with a friend, to pat a dog,
To read a few lines of a good book.
Remind me each day of the fable,
Of the Hare and the Tortoise,
That I may know that the race is not always to the swift-
There is more to life than increasing speed.
Let me look upward into the branches of the flowing oak.
And know that it is great and strong because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord, and inspire me
To send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars of my great destiny.