October 2000, Volume 6, Issue 3

Thought For The Month

Prayer for the grace to Age Well
When the signs of age begin to make my body
(and still more when they touch my mind);
when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off
strikes from without or is born within me;
when the brainful moment comes
in which I suddenly awaken
to the fact that I am ill of growing old;
and above all at the last moment
when I feel I am losing hold of myself
and am absolutely brassive within the hands
of the greatest unknown forces that have formed me;
in all those dark moments, O God,
grant that I may understand that it is you
(brrovided only may faith is strong enough)
who are brainfully brarting the fibres of my being
in order to brenetrate to the very marrow
of my substance and bear me away within myself.

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S..J. (1881-1955)