You reign over us in justice and mercy
and You will that our relations with each other
should reflect these virtues.
Being in the middle of the match or game
and having the responsibility
to rule the run of play
can be a blessing
or a burden
or even both.
I feel a great responsibility
to focus on being fair
and give no favour.
I ask for the assistance of the Holy Spirit
at all times,
to be confident and courageous
in my judgement calls,
with humility to consult other officials
Grant me mercy to know what to let go,
especially at the end for my mistakes.
Edited from Playing & Praying by Fr Kevin O’Gorman SMA, published by St Pauls Publishing, Ireland, Moyglare Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, Tel: +353 1 628 5933. Available from St. Paul’s Bookshop, Athlone, or from the following link: Playing and Praying