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Teach me to listen, O God

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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 whispers of the hopeless,
the plea of the forgotten,
the cry of the anguished.

Teach me to listen, O God my Mother,
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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