Litany of the Dust

Litany of the Dust

For those who have betrayed us…Father, forgive them.

for those who have let us down…Father, forgive them.

for those who have been indifferent to us…Father, forgive them.

for those who have crippled our lives…Father, forgive them.

for those who have doubted us…Father, forgive them.

for those who have accused us…Father, forgive them.

for those who have preferred others to us…Father, forgive them.

for family members who have hurt us…Father, forgive them.

for friends who have denied us…Father, forgive them.

for those who have walked away from us…Father, forgive them.

 

For my own self piety…Father, forgive me.

for my lukewarmness…Father, forgive me

for my times of despair and distrust…Father, forgive me

for my refusals to be hugged…Father, forgive me

for my disbelief in your love…Father, forgive me

for my searchings everywhere but in your heart…Father, forgive me

for apologies frozen on my lips…Father, forgive me

for my words of love unspoken…Father, forgive me

for my kisses and embraces ungiven…Father, forgive me

for compliments never offered…Father, forgive me

for a heart closed in self-centeredness…Father, forgive me

for my own unforgiving postures…Father, forgive me

for not believing in your forgiveness…Father, forgive me

O Jesus, you who offered forgiveness to so many—to Mary, the Crippled Man, the Woman at the well, the Good Thief—who said that you came to give life and shed your blood “for the forgiveness of sins,” forgive us our sins. Not only the obvious ones, but especially the unnoticed ones of pride, righteousness, self-hate and the refusal to be loved.

Take our very selves and wash them in that unconditional love of yours, for you are a God of mercy and compassion, you who live and love forever and ever. Amen.

Love in my Master’s Name;

Fr Des Smit