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A New Serenity Prayer

By James Martin, SJ

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the people I cannot change,
which is pretty much everyone
since I’m clearly not you, God.
At least not the last time I checked

And while you’re at it, God,
please give me the courage
to change what I need to change about myself,
which is frankly a lot, since, once again
I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.
It’s better for me to focus on changing myself
than to worry about changing other people..,
who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying,
I can’t change anyway.

Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up
whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter
than everyone else in the room,
that no one knows what they’re talking about except me,
or that I alone have all the answers.

Basically, God,
grant me the wisdom to remember that I’m
not you.



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