Save me from the enticing sulfurous smoke
of Satan's temptations.
Let me inhale
the clean sweet incense
of Your grace. Let me breathe in the moral courage
of Your grace.
my mind against the scent
of evil thoughts, and smoldering temptations. Let
my tongue burn before I speak ill of anyone.
Close my ears against the flaming coals
of cruel gossip, knowing that words once spoken cannot
ever be wholly "taken back," and realizing
that a reputation
once scarred may never, ever heal.
Let me not
gloat over the dark missteps
of another, but keep myself on the path lit by the
torches of honor, charity and truth.
Let me never,
ever, use words as weapons.
in the sweet perfumes
of Your grace and the bracing odor
set my heart ablaze
with burning charity, with fires of good purpose,
and with my only goal the gaining
of heavenly union with You.
at last to Your own Sacred Heart, inflamed with eternal
love for all Your creatures.
Make me Yours
now and always.
I pray in Your Holy Name,
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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