Prayer of Anselm, 1033-1109

O merciful God,
fill our hearts, we pray,
with the graces of your Holy Spirit;
with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness,
goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.

Teach us to love those who hate us;
to pray for those who despitefully use us;
that we may be the children of your love, our Father,
who makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

In adversity grant us grace to be patient;
in prosperity keep us humble;
may we guard the door of our lips;
may we lightly esteem the pleasures of this world,
and thirst after heavenly things;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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