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For Absent Friends

O blessed Lord and Saviour, who hast commanded us to love one another,
grant us grace that, having received Thine undeserved bounty, we may
love every man in Thee and for Thee. We beseech Thy blessing for all;
but especially for the friends whom Thy love hast given to us. Love Thou
them, O Thou fountain of love, and make them to love Thee with all their
heart, with all their mind, and with all their soul, that those things
only which are pleasing to Thee they may will, and speak, and do. And
though our prayer is cold, because our charity is so little fervent, yet
Thou art rich in mercy. Measure not to them Thy goodness by the dulness
of our devotion; but as Thy kindness surpasseth all human affection, so
let Thy hearing transcend our prayer. Do Thou to them what is expedient
for them, according to Thy will, that they, being always and everywhere
ruled and protected by Thee, may attain in the end to everlasting life;
and to Thee, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and
praise for ever and ever. Amen.


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