Prayer for a Magnanimous Heart


Keep us, O God, from all pettiness,
Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with faultfinding
and leave off all self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense and meet each
other face to face,
without self-pity, and without prejudice
and always be generous.
Let us always take time for all things,
and make us grow calm, serene and generous.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
to be straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize
that it is the little things of life that create differences,
that in the big things of life we are as one.
Lord God, let us not forget to be kind.
—Queen Mary Stuart (1542-1587)