Discernment Prayers


Deep Listening 

God of silence and God of all sound,
   help me to listen.
Help me to do the deep listening to the sounds of my soul,
   waiting to hear your soft voice calling me deeper into you.
Give me attentive ears
   that begin to separate the noise from the sounds that are you;
   you who have been speaking to me
   and through me my whole life,
   for so long that you can seem like background noise.
Today help me hear you anew.

- Author Unknown 

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Help Me To Discern

Today, O God of all days,
  give me an experience of your heart.
Draw me deep into your very being,
  into the core of your love for me, others, and the world.
Give me a glimpse of others the way you see others:
  loving them, forgiving them,
  and delighting in the way they give glory to God
  through their very existence.
Help me to discern out of that open place of deep affection
  so that I too might be a useful vessel of your love in the world.

- Author Unknown 

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Your Heart Today

Where there is fear I can allay,
Where there is pain I can heal,
Where there are wounds I can bind,
And hunger I can fill:
Lord, grant me courage,
Lord, grant me strength,
Grant me compassion
That I may be your heart today.
Where there is hate I can confront,
Where there are yokes I can release,
Where there are captives I can free
And anger I can appease:
Lord, grant me courage,
Lord, grant me strength,
Grant me compassion
That I may be your heart today.
When comes the day I dread
To see our broken world,
Protect me from myself grown cold
That your people I may behold.
And when I've done all that I could,
Yet, there are hearts I cannot move,
Lord, give me hope,
That I may be your heart today.

- Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ

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Give Me Discerning Eyes

Almighty God,
author of my life,
help me learn to read what you have written on my heart.
Give me discerning eyes
and an untiring spirit
to look within me
in order to understand how to reach outside of me.
And once I have begun to read you aright,
give me the generosity to help others to read you,
to sound you out one letter,
one word of radical giving at a time.

- Author Unknown 

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Prayer for Communal Discernment in a Meeting

Good and loving God, our source of love and light -
Thank you for bringing us together today
   in a spirit of generosity.
May we honor one another
   by keeping an open mind.
May we voice our truth
   and listen with an open heart.
May we discern your will
   to unite in fruitful outcome.            
We ask for your wisdom and grace,
   to use our talents for the betterment of others. 
With gratitude, we offer this prayer in your name.
  
- Debra Mooney, PhD

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Help Me Learn To Read My Heart

Almighty God,
author of my life,
help me learn to read what you have written on my heart.
Give me discerning eyes
and an untiring spirit
to look within me
in order to understand how to reach outside of me.
And once I have begun to read you aright,
give me the generosity to help others to read you,
to sound you out one letter,
one word of radical giving at a time.

- Author Unknown 

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