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Help us to be cheerful when things go wrong,
persevering when things are difficult,
serene when things are irritating.

Enable us to be helpful to those in difficulties,
kind to those in need,
sympathetic to those whose hearts are sore and sad.

Grant that nothing may make us lose our tempers,
nothing may take away our joy,
nothing may ruffle our peace,
and nothing may make us bitter towards anyone.

So grant that through all this day
all with whom we work,
and all those whom we meet,
may see in us the reflection of the Master,
Whose we are, and Whom we seek to serve.
This we ask for Thy love’s sake.

Through Christ our Lord: Amen.

JH Cardinal Newman

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