Lord Deliver Us From OurselvesPoems of Raoul Follereau

Raoul Follereau 1963

Raoul Follereau at the AIFO Conference in Bologna, 1976

Lord, teach us

to not love only ourselves,

to not love only those who are dear to us,

to not love only those who love us.

Teach us to think of others

and love especially

those whom no one loves.

Lord, make us suffer the sufferings of others.

Give us the grace to understand that in every moment,

there are millions of human beings,

who die of hunger

without deserving to die of hunger,

who die of cold

without deserving to die of cold.

Have pity, Lord, of the lepers,

who ask for your mercy

the hands without fingers ...

and forgive us for having abandoned them.

Do not allow it any more, Lord

that we can be happy alone by ourselves.

Make us feel the pain of universal misery

and deliver us from ourselves. Amen.

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