Atawhai mai, atawhai atu

E Te Atua hoa hikoi,
GOD, companion on our journey:
you are within us and beyond us,
calling us in our hearts to a future unseen.
Increase our trust in your providence,
making our best efforts fruitful by your grace.

May we learn from Catherine to pray
believing the outcome is in your hands,
but to act as though all depends on us:
for if we are truly and totally yours,
we live and act by your grace within us.
As in Mary, let what you have said be done in us.

May we resolve, as Catherine advised,
to be good today, but better tomorrow,
moving ever forward with short,
careful steps, not great strides.
Help us to set our minds and hearts
on the forthcoming Holy Year of Mercy,
with wisdom to open new doors
for those who wait to be set free.

Enlighten our inner eyes, to make
a difference in our world through
the mercy we extend, knowing that it is
from the mercy we have received
that the blessing we offer comes,
in Mercy’s name. Amen.

These prayers originally appeared as part of the monthly reflection Imaging Mercy Today, written by Dennis Horton, a member of He Waka Tiaki, the mission team of Tiaki Manatu Mercy Ministries New Zealand. They may be reproduced and used with acknowledgment.

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