As challenges test me, I sometimes find it difficult to persevere. Fatigue, lack of perspective, and discouragement are the greatest enemies I face as I seek to live out my faith and values.
For the grace to take care of myself and therefore having the strength to be consistent in all areas of my life, I pray.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 (NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
What makes it difficult for you to persevere and stay true to what you most value? As you consider how you have failed, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Photos: Perseverance and Inconstancy (carved between 1194-1230) on the east side of the right central pillar on the south porch of the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Other posts in this series that seeks to explore the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Who are God? And who am I?
Anslem’s Spiritual Beatitudes:
Who Am I? (1) The Virtues and the Vices
Who Am I? (2) Beautiful
Who Am I? (3) Free!
Who Am I? (4) Honorable
Who Am I? (5) Joyful in the Deepest Sense of the Word
Who Am I? (6) Sensual
Who Am I? (7) Agile
Who Am I? (8) Strong
The Virtues and the Vices (Medieval Sculptures):
Who Am I? (9) Faithful and Unfaithful
Who Am I? (10) Hopeful and Despairing
Who Am I? (11) Giving and Greedy Who Am I? Centered and Lost
Who Am I? (12) Humble and Prideful
Who Am I? (13) Wise and Foolish
Who Am I? (14) Gentle and Harsh
Who Am I? (15) Courageous and Cowardly
Who Am I? (16) Just and Unjust