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Prayer for Computer Users

This prayer, by the Most Reverend Richard J. Sklba, was written for all who use computers and technology in the work of the Church.

Most Reverend Richard J. Sklba


God of the Universe, Lord of all tim​e and space,
      Your almighty Word leapt down from the farthest starry heavens
            to save us from slavery in Egypt
            and to fashion us into a holy people of truth and justice.
      The finger of your almighty power casts out evil
            and restores order to the jumbled chaos of this fragile world.
      Your Incarnate Word enters everything human,
            speaking parables of comfort to the needy and those held captive by fear
            and inviting disciples to proclaim good news everywhere.

Bless again this day the mysterious computer
      which awaits your power and my human effort.
Grant wisdom, knowledge and a clear memory to my mind
      as I sit before this new creature of your infinite power.
Bless my heart with endless patience whenever needed.
Guide my hands that I may be your faithful servant in every key I press.
Enable my limited efforts to bring glory to your Name
      and blessings to your people everywhere.
Delete me not from your Kingdom
      and save me from all fear and from all error of sin and ignorance.

I whisper this prayer, mindful of the needs of all with whom and for whom I work,
through the power of your Word and the life-giving energy of your Spirit.


Inspiration from reflection on these scripture passages:
" For when peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, your all-powerful word from heaven's royal throne bounded, a fierce warrior ... "  (Wis 18:14f)

" If it is by the finger of God that I cast out devils, then the Kingdom of God is upon you! "  (Lk 11:20)

" The Kingdom of God is like a buried treasure which a person found in a field ... " (Mt 13:44)

" Full authority has been given to me on heaven and earth; go therefore and make disciples of all nations.   Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you, and know that I am with you always until the end of the world. "  (Mt 28:18-20)

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