Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Wednesday 12 May |
Saint of the Day: St. Pancras

A perfect prayer to pray before using social media


Elizabeth Scalia - published on 09/24/17

It’s a terrific prayer — useful to offer in many cases besides social media — but I must say that this short and sweet plea seems like something we absolutely ought to utter as we click into our teeming Twitter (and Facebook) timelines, and trip into the madness that lies therein:

Lord, grant that I may love my brother 

more than I hate his error, 

so that he may remember my witness

more than my disparagement.

-“Thinkling” (@Think1ing)

Amen? Oh, yes, Amen.

Ownership of the prayer belongs to a tweep who calls himself or herself “Thinkling.” I have no idea who “Thinkling” is, but he/she shared it with me today, after I posted Charles D. Beard’s piece on how Dorothy Day processed her witnessing to two friends who came out to her as lesbians:

Here Day models for us how we might deal with thorny questions surrounding human sexuality, and more importantly with the persons who pose them to us.
  • How would I want someone to admonish me for my sins?
  • When have I felt unwelcomed by other Christians, and what would I have wanted them to do differently?
  • If I don’t want to admit even my private sins, what’s the best way for me to approach someone’s public sins?
As Day exemplifies for us, we should always respond to persons and never just to issues.

My great thanks to Beard for writing the piece, and to “Thinkling” for responding thusly, and giving me a great prayer to keep taped to my computer screen, for daily use.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
Meg Hunter-Kilmer
Saints to help if Mother’s Day is hard
J-P Mauro
Philippines finishes construction of largest Marian statue in the...
Zoe Romanowsky
Moving 1-minute film about motherhood will touch your heart
Sarah Robsdottir
Dad’s priceless reaction to newborn goes viral
Philip Kosloski
3 Signs of a spiritual attack on your soul
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
See More