During his recent trip to Ireland, Pope Francis had a meeting with several Jesuits of the Irish Province. One of his Jesuit companions asked him: "Holy Father, how do you manage to keep your heart happy with all that is happening to you?” The Pope, after a good moment of reflection, replied that it was undoubtedly a grace from the Lord. But he added that, on a daily basis, for about forty years, he had been saying a prayer of Saint Thomas More and that this helped him a lot.
Here is this prayer, source of serenity and strength for our universal pastor:
Grant me, O Lord, good digestion,
and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body,
and the necessary good humour to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul
that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humour.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.