Day 244: The Virtue of Charity (1822-1829)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven, we know that you are love. We know that you are the fullness of everything we desire. We know that you are the source of all love and that none of us can actually love without you because you are love. In this moment, Lord God, we ask you to send your Holy Spirit of love into our hearts, that we can love you above all things and we can love our neighbor as ourselves. And that even though we have the ability, the power, the virtue to be able to love ourselves-because, Lord God, until we love you, until we love ourselves, we can never love our neighbor, we definitely can’t love our enemy. And so God, help us. Help us to love you. Help us to love ourselves. Help us to love our friends and family, our neighbors. And even, Lord, help us to love our enemies. Help us to love those who have hurt us. Give us this power now and always. We pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”