Christ with me, Christ before me

    March 17, 2024

    Since I’m wearing a Claddagh necklace while starting this reflection, I thought it would be fitting to reflect on this Feast of St. Patrick. I’ve always found his Breastplate Prayer so beautiful. As I read this prayer today, I started thinking about all of the places Christ is with those we serve. Let us spend this fifth Sunday of Lent in prayer, truly recognizing and advocating for Christ, who is with all those in need.

    Christ with me… as I sit in prison
    Christ before me… knocking on the door of my new foster home
    Christ behind me… as I wait in line for food
    Christ in me… developing in a mother’s womb
    Christ beneath me… supporting my desk in my new classroom
    Christ above me… covering my storm-damaged roof
    Christ on my right… while I’m waiting to see a doctor
    Christ on my left… while I’m waiting to cross a border
    Christ when I lie down…on a plastic mat in a shelter
    Christ when I sit down … at a senior center table alone
    Christ when I arise… bringing me hope and strength to start a new day
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me… let us remember the forgotten
    Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me… let us speak truth and healing
    Christ in every eye that sees me… let us know that we are noticed
    Christ in every ear that hears me… let us listen to those in need
    Let us be the ears, eyes, mouth and heart for all those in need.

    Devyn Buschow currently serves as the Parish Relations Program Manager at Catholic Charities Dallas. She’s got just enough Irish in her to truly wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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