"May we always be patient and loving to others, and may God continue to gift us with anger at any injustice that supports the infrastructure of powers in the world that ignore the plight of the poor and steal people's lives and dignity."
On the one hand, I know that anger, especially without understanding or explanation, can be counterproductive, offensive and negative. (I've been reminded of that again this week.) On the other, my experience with so many extremely poor friends and the crowds who come to us combine to provide me with a very short fuse at times when folks oppose what I consider to be the "rights of the poor."
Keeping myself and my ego out of things is a battle. Trying to live in a purity of spirit about these values is where I seek to stay, often unsuccessfully. I know the values are correct when it comes to people who struggle with poverty and the forces that press against them and their interests.
So, I find myself praying very simply: "God have mercy on me a sinner. God bring relief, hope, understanding, real community and justice to your people."