Christ with me

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

Christ in me, Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

Christ in the eye that sees me,

Christ in the ear that hears me,

Christ with me.

(The Sacred Lorico or Deer’s Cry by Saint Patrick)

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Can I recognize Christ in everyone who thinks of me, whatever they think?

Can I recognize Christ in everyone who speaks of me, whatever they speak?

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The sacred Lorico or Deer’s Cry was composed by Saint Patrick in the year 433. Knowing of an ambush to kill him and his followers, St. Patrick led his men chanting it as they passed through a forest. They were transformed into a deer and twenty fawns, and thus St. Patrick and his men were saved.

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This is an interesting exploration.

It invites me to recognize Christ even as confusion, whether in myself or someone else.

It invites me to see how what I thought was the worst for me, could be the best for me.

It invites me to find what’s true in whatever someone says about me.

It invites me to notice and inquire into any fears and beliefs that prevents me from recognizing what’s here as Christ, and in this case, any person and what he or she says or does in relation to me.

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Saint Patrick

For Saint Patrick, it may have been a prayer of Christ – in the form of love and compassion – arriving in the hearts of his enemies. (The underlined lines.)

It may have been a prayer for him to find and recognize Christ with him, whatever happens. (The rest of the lines.)

And it may even have been a prayer for him to recognize whatever is here, whatever happens, as Christ. (All lines.)

This prayer can be taken as the first two, or all three.

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