Hunting for an Orthodox prayer for the next issue of the magazine, my Associate Editor stumbled upon these wise and especially timely words from the saint who was also a deacon:
Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem
O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth,
faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother;
For Thou art blessed unto ages of ages.