Posts Tagged ‘the fruit of suffering’

Yesterday evening I attended a vespers service that dealt with suffering, brokenness and our ever present need to receive and extend forgiveness. And as a part of that our worship leader of the evening, a Franciscan monk, read a prayer I had seen a long time ago. It is ever fresh and amazing.

The anonymous prayer was found on a piece of wrapping paper in Ravensbruck, the largest of the concentration camps for women in Nazi Germany.

O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will
but also those of ill will.
Do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us;
remember the fruits we brought, thanks to this suffering:
our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility,
the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart
which have grown out of this;
and when they come to judgment,
let all the fruits we have borne
be their forgiveness.