With the charity of Your pierced Heart

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I am preparing for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by repeating each day the Prayer of Forgiveness and Reparation that Our Lord inspired me to write several years ago. This is not a prayer that one says once and for all; it bears repeating in the changing circumstances of life simply because it is a response of obedience to Our Lord's commands in the Gospel. A psychologist to whom this prayer was presented said that if his clients said this prayer sincerely and from the heart, he would effectively find himself out of business.

Many people have made this prayer their own and experienced the healing and blessings that begin to flow when one takes to heart Our Lord's command that we are to pray for those who persecute us, bless those who curse us, and pray for those who abuse us. Is not this kind of prayer integral to true devotion to the Sacred Heart?

Prayer of Forgiveness and Reparation

Lord Jesus Christ,
Who revealed the infinite mercy of Your Sacred Heart
in saying: "Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you" (Mt 5:44)
and again, "Bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you" (Lk 6:28),
give me, I beseech You,
grace to obey these commandments of yours,
and to persevere in praying daily
for those who, in any way,
have abused, cursed, hurt, or rejected me.

I pray for those who hate me,
for those who resent me
and for those who have spoken ill of me.
I beg you to bless them abundantly
and to pour into their hearts
such a profusion of healing mercies
that in them and around them
love will triumph over hatred,
friendship over resentment,
sweetness over bitterness,
meekness over anger,
and peace over enmity.
I further ask you to extend these graces
to their families and to all whom they hold dear.

In particular, I pray today for N. (and N.).
I present him/her/them
to Your Eucharistic Face,
asking You to envelop him/her/them in Its healing radiance,
dispelling whatever shadows of sin
may have darkened his/her/their mind(s)
or hardened his/her their heart(s)
in anger, hatred, or the refusal to forgive.

For my part,
with deep sorrow I confess
that I have sinned grievously against others,
causing them pain and even endangering their souls.
I pray you, O Merciful Jesus, to repair the evil I have done to others
and to heal the hurt I have inflicted on them.
In particular, I acknowledge my sins against N. (and N.)
imploring You to heal and repair the harm I have done him/her/them.

I ask you so to penetrate my heart
with the charity of Your Pierced Heart
that I will be able to forgive
those who have offended me,
to love them sincerely,
and to desire for them all that will contribute to their true happiness in this life and in the next.

By means of a permanent intention,
I desire to renew this prayer
in every offering of Your Holy Sacrifice.
Let the light of Your Eucharistic Face
shine in the hearts of all who harbour
hatred or resentment toward me,
to bring them healing and peace.
Let Your Precious Blood
triumph over evil
in those against whom I have sinned
and in those who have sinned against me,
so that, delivered from the shadows
of this valley of tears,
we may one day praise Your Mercy together
in the sweetness of a boundless charity.
Amen.


6 Comments

Hello Father Mark,
Would it be OK to put this prayer on my blog? I will cite the source of course. I don't know how to do links,I'm afraid, but I can type the details next to it,your name,blog etc.I have written two prayers for priests on my blog too.
God bless you and keep you safe.
Ros

Father Mark,

I continue to be in awe of what God does through you. A beautiful prayer!

Hello Father Mark....

What a beautiful prayer.... I am going to print it out and add it to my prayer books as well as keep a copy with me. I am also going to resolve to pray it every night, for even as we think we have forgiven, sometimes the wounds go too deep and we still continue to have more to forgive, including ourselves. Thank you!

May God bless you abundantly as you continue to show us His face and His Sacred Heart! We are blessed with each encounter.

Laura

Dear Father Mark
Thank you for this beautiful prayer. I have highlighted it on the sidebar of our blog.
With prayerful best wishes at this time of preparation for the feast of the Sacred Heart and the Year for the Priest.
Devotedly
Fr. MM

This is an absolutely beautiful prayer!! I sent copies of it to people who are not familiar with your website. Almost everyone commented how grateful they were to receive it!! Thank you for saying yes to Jesus, for your "charism" of adoration and for sharing with us the awesome fruits of your contemplation!

Beautifull! I love this prayer; it brings instant peace of mind even just reading it. I believe God directed me to this prayer. Thank you very much.

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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