A Prayer of St. Bernard
Come, Lord Jesus,
take away scandals from Your Kingdom, which is my soul,
and reign there,
You who alone have the right.
For greediness comes to claim a throne within me;
haughtiness and self-assertion would rule over me;
pride would be my king;
lust says, "I will reign";
ambition, detraction, envy and anger struggle within me for mastery.
I resist as far as I am able; I struggle according as help is given me;
I call on my Lord, Jesus;
for His sake I defend myself, since I acknowledge myself as wholly His posession.
He is my God, Him I proclaim my Lord;
I have no other king than my Lord, Jesus Christ.
Come then, O Lord, and disperse these enemies by Your power,
and You shall reign in me, for You are my King and my God.
Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6