Pause + Pray

Problematic People

Man with lots of question marks above head,


Sometimes we face our day knowing we must cross paths with someone difficult.  Going forward, reflect on the words of Thomas Merton:  “I must see and embrace God in the whole world”. 


God, today if I encounter difficult people
who provoke and anger me
help me know I am safely held 
within your Sacred Heart. 
Help me feel your protection
if I feel diminished by anyone.
Rather than collapsing, or reacting, or rejecting another,
may I first remember this: 
your perfect heart
enclosing me instead. 


Can you keep an image of the Sacred Heart near you today? On your dashboard, or as a bookmark, or a photo on your phone to remind you of his love.

Maureen O'Brien

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