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TEACH ME TO LISTEN

Teach me to listen, O God, to those nearest me,
my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that
no matter what words I hear, the message is,
“Accept the person I am. Listen to me.”
Teach me to listen,
my caring God, to those far from me –
the whisper of the hopeless,
the plea of the forgotten,
the cry of the anguished.
Teach me to listen, O God to myself.
Help me to be less afraid
to trust the voice inside – in the deepest part of me.
Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit, for your voice –
in busyness and in boredom,
in certainty and in doubt,
in noise and in silence.
Teach me, Lord, to listen. Amen.

Adapted by John Veltri, S.J.

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