A short prayer experience from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups
By Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi
For during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means. (2 Corinthians 8:2–3)
Blest be the giver
Most generous God, it is not always easy to give. We pray today for a willingness to demonstrate generosity. Help us to have the patience, time, and courage to step up when we are called upon. May we be granted the love, compassion, and kindness that drive us to reach out to others. We pray for the wisdom, dedication, and skill to create initiatives that help others. Lord, may we never get tired of giving, knowing that in our generosity we will find peace and joy. Amen.
▪▪ What do we find to be “life-giving” as opposed to “life-depleting”?
▪▪ Is “giving” energizing?
▪▪ In what ways can we be more sensitive to those around us?
Keep us generous
Most generous God, you challenge us to be generous in all ways — to the poor with our financial resources; to our families with our time; to our friends, helping them through difficult times. Help us to be generous with our talents so that we can help build strong relationships; help us to be generous with all our gifts so that we can help build your kingdom. We pray for this spirit of generosity so that we can share with everyone all that we have to offer. Amen.
▪▪ In what ways can we be generous with our gifts?
▪▪ How can we encourage others to be generous?
▪▪ In what ways does generosity enrich our own lives?
Excerpted from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups, by Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi. Copyright 2016. Published by Twenty-Third Publications (twentythirdpublications.com). Used with permission. All rights reserved.
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