Prayers of the Past, Present, and Future
At the center of Mother Angelica’s spirituality is her call to “live in the Present Moment.” Inspired by the teachings of Brother Lawrence, Mother Angelica taught that we must shake off the bondage of the past, free ourselves of the cares of the future, and live fully in this present moment, responding to God’s Will in it. The following three prayers by Mother will help you get there.
Healing What is Past
Father, I enter into Your Compassionate Spirit and try to drink deeply of Your Merciful Love. My memory smarts with the remembrance of past offenses and my soul is pained by the anger of yesterdays—days in the past that bring tears and sadness. Every time I think they are gone they return with re- newed vigor and I realize I have not grown in compassion and forgiveness. I put my memory into Your Compassionate Mercy, Lord and Father, and I ask You to cover its wounds with the healing balm of Your Mercy. Let my soul sink deep into that fathomless ocean of Mercy and return to me re- newed, healed, and refreshed, with love for everyone and mal- ice toward none.
Prayer for This Present Time
Life is so short, my Lord. I look at all my yesterdays and they seem so hazy while all my tomorrows are uncertain. The only time I really possess is this tiny moment and it passes so quickly. Why does time weigh so heavily in my life? It is a most precious gift from Your hands and I should look at it as I would a treasure. It provides the opportunity for me to know You better and love you more, to become like Jesus and be filled with Your own Spirit, to increase in holiness and to make reparation for my sins. Thank You, my Lord, for time. Please grant me more time to love You and tell You how very sorry I am for ever having offended You.
Prayer for Confidence in the Future
Lord Spirit, fear of the future fills my soul and I realize how little I trust You. Your Power created the universe and Your Providence takes care of the birds in the air, the fish in the sea, and the tiniest insect. How much more will You take care of me. Does my fear stem from attachment, Lord? Tell me, my dearest Friend and Guide, tell me what is the root of my fears? What prevents me from possessing that love which casts out fear and that confidence which overcomes every obstacle?
Excerpted from The Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica by Introduced and Edited by Raymond Arroyo, pp 36 – 38. Copyright © 2010 by Raymond Arroyo. Excerpted by permission of Doubleday Religion, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.