The Serenity Prayer – Long version

Vince DiPasquale, in his weekly lecture, encouraged all to read the long version of

The Serenity Prayer that can be found below.

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The Serenity Prayer

“GOD, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can; and the Wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; and that I may be reasonable happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him in the next. Amen.” (by Reinhold Niebuhr, Theologian.)

Below text quoted from Matt Talbot’s “In The Spirit Of Our Program; Prayers For A Retreat ~ 2017 Edition.

Let us pray:

God of my life, I welcome this new day. It is your gift to me – the first day of the rest of my life. I thank you for the gift of being alive this morning. I thank you for the sleep that has refreshed me. I thank you for the chance to begin life all over again. Lord, this day is full of promise and of opportunity; help me to waste none of it. This day is full of mystery and of the unknown: help me to face it without fear and anxiety. This day is full of beauty and adventure: help me to be fully alive to it all.

During this day,may I become a more thoughtful person, a more prayerful person, a more generous and kindly person.

May I not be turned in on myself, but be sensitive and helpful to others. Let me do nothing today that would harm anyone. Rather, let me help, at least a little, to make life more pleasant for those I meet. When night comes, may I look back on this day without regret. May nobody be unhappy because of anything I have done, or anything I have failed to do.

Lord, bless this day for me and for all of us. Make it a day in which we grow more in knowing and in carrying out your will.

Dear God, I spend so much time reliving yesterday or anticipating tomorrow that I lose sight of the only time that is really mine; the present moment.

You give me today – one moment at a time. That’s all I have; all I ever will have.

Give me the faith to know that each moment contains exactly what is best for me.

Give me the hope to trust you enough so that I may forget past failures and future trials.

Give me the love to make each moment an anticipation of living forever with you.

O Lord, support us all the day long, until shadows lengthen and the evening comes, until the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.

Then, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace in our heart.


[A reading from a daily meditation book may follow here, followed by a time of reflection. Then, close Morning Prayers with the Lord’s Prayer.]