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Pope Francis’ Five Finger Prayer (also Spanish)

This is an excellent prayer tool that was attributed to Pope Francis even before he was pope. I like its focus on others and its simplicity. The written script is below. The Spanish version is also included.

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1. The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “sweet obligation.”

2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.

3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.

4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even that it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.

5. And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.

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1. El dedo pulgar es el que está más cerca de ti. Así que comienza orando por aquéllos que están más unidos a ti. Son los más fáciles de recordar. Orar por los que amamos es “una dulce tarea.”

2. El próximo dedo es el índice: Ora por los que enseñan, instruyen y curan. Ellos necesitan apoyo y sabiduría al conducir a otros por la dirección correcta. Manténlos en tus oraciones.

3. El siguiente dedo es el más alto. Nos recuerda a nuestros líderes, a los gobernantes, a quienes tienen autoridad. Ellos necesitan la dirección divina.

4. El próximo dedo es el del anillo. Sorprendentemente, éste es nuestro dedo más débil. Él nos recuerda orar por los débiles, enfermos o atormentados por problemas. Ellos necesitan tus oraciones.

5. Y finalmente tenemos nuestro dedo pequeño, el más pequeño de todos. El meñique debería recordarte orar por ti mismo. Cuando hayas terminado de orar por los primeros cuatro grupos, tus propias necesidades aparecerán en una perspectiva correcta y estarás preparado para orar por ti mismo de una manera más efectiva.

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  1. I just got home from buying a new prayer journal…..the timing of this is excellent. Thank you for sharing!! 😀

    September 11, 2013

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