A steward’s prayer

Dear Jesus,
Help me to understand that my
parish is composed of people like
me. I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
It will be holy, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will be prayerful, if I pray.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if
I am a generous giver.
It will bring others into worship, if I invite
and bring them in.
It will be a place of loyalty and love, of
fearlessness and faith, of compassion,
charity, and mercy, if I, who help make it
what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, I beg you, Jesus, for the grace I
need to dedicate myself to the task of being
all the things that I want my parish to be.

Author Anonymous