Welcoming Prayer

One of the people who see me for spiritual direction shared with me a copy of Thomas Keating’s The Welcoming Prayer.  Although in different words, it captures well the way of being Ignatius encourages in his First Principle and Foundation.

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem,
approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and
God’s action within. Amen.

It is a challenging prayer to pray as if we really mean it!

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