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

as priests

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.