Having a bad day, Bunky? Writer explains why.

Chastisements or trials must never be seen outside of God’s attempts to save us and break cycles of sin so that we can be saved.  Human freedom is so powerful and key that not even God forces it or takes away our responsibility to make good choices.  If he did, then the union between us and God through the virtues, and the very purpose of freedom would not be real.

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A Prayer Before A Test

Editor’s note: One of my sons recently completed a comprehensive (and exhaustive) series of tests in order to become a professional SCUBA instructor. I have no doubt that he was successful … at least in part … due to prayer.

Here’s one of the prayers I found at
The Catholic Community at Ithaca College


Prayer Before a Test

My God, enable me to trust in the good outcome
of the test I am about to take;
help me to contribute my own share
of optimism and confidence.
With your grace, my God,
I hope to crown my efforts with success.
Keep far from me at this moment
any presumption that it all depends
exclusively on me.
You are next to me, my God,
the necessary and welcome presence
in all the moments of my life.
I will take this test, my God,
because it is important
for my personal development.
My God, be the source of my inspiration
in my doubts and uncertainties,
supporting me with your blessing.

Amen.

(Some may prefer to insert “Lord Jesus”
in place of “My God”)