Prayer of Werenfried van Straaten


Source of picture and prayer, HERE.

Lord Jesus Christ, we were not there when they crucified you,
but we are in constant danger of being heartless when we meet you
in those who are on the way to Calvary today.

Forgive us our lack of love and our selfishness.
Forgive us our heartlessness.

Teach us to realise that we not only sin when we do wrong,
but when we fail to do the good that we could do.
Forgive us for the help we failed to offer.
Forgive us for the comfort we did not give.
Forgive us for the love that we withheld.

Give us greater generosity in sacrifice and a warmer heart,
a heart that opens itself to all who are in need.


Fr. Werenfried van Straaten was the founder of Kirche in Not (Aid to the Church in Need), a Catholic charitable organisation that worked very effectively in the former communist countries in Eastern Europe. See HERE an interview in Romanian with the current leader of this charity.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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