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The Holy Family in Prayer

The Gardeners’ Prayer

M. de Flammenville, bishop of Perpignan, once met a good gardener whom he asked about the way she served and prayed to the Lord. What was his astonishment and admiration when he heard her recite this beautiful paraphrase, this equally pious and natural paraphrase of the Dominical Prayer! He confessed that he had never heard anyone pray to God so well.

 

Our Father who art in Heaven. How happy I am, O my God, to have You as my Father, and how happy I am to think that heaven must one day be my home! Give me the grace, O God, not to degenerate from the quality of Your child; do not allow me to do anything that would deprive me of such great happiness.

 

Hallowed be Thy Name. My God, I am only a poor woman, and therefore unable to sanctify Your holy name by myself; but I desire, with all my heart, that it be sanctified by all the earth.

 

Thy Kingdom come. I desire, O my God, that You may reign even now in my heart by Your grace, that I may reign with You in glory forever.

 

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. My God, You have condemned me to earn my living by the work of my hands; I accept, Lord, this happy condition, and I would not want to change it into another against Your adorable will.

 

Give us this day our daily bread. My God, I ask for three kinds of bread: that of Your divine word, to teach me what I should do; that of the holy Eucharist, which strengthens my soul, and that which is necessary to nourish and sustain my body; and I promise You, my God, after having taken what is necessary for me, to assist with the rest, those who may be in need.

 

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lord, I know that I have offended many people; I ask them to forgive me with all my heart; but for those who have offended me, I forgive them. I beg You, my God, to do them all the good I wish for myself.

 

And lead us not into temptation. Lord, You see how many enemies I am surrounded by, and how difficult it is for me, without Your grace, not to succumb to their suggestions; I ask You for it with all my heart.

 

But deliver us from evil. I ask You, O my God, for the grace to deliver me from the greatest of all evils, which is sin, which alone can make me lose Your grace.

 

Amen. I ask You, O my God, with this word the fulfillment of all the requests I have just made to You.

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