“Only thus shall we broaden out of the vicious circle of our own admiration into the greater commendation of God”

Good prayer on Memorial Day from W.E.B. Du Bios:

May the Lord give us both the honesty and strength to look our own faults squarely in the face and not ever continue to excuse or minimize them, while they grow. Grant us that wide view of ourselves which our neighbors possess, or better the highest view of infinite justice and goodness and efficiency. In that great white light let us see the littleness and narrowness of our souls and the deeds of our days, and then forthwith begin their betterment. Only thus shall we broaden out of the vicious circle of our own admiration into the greater commendation of God. Amen.1


  1. I first came across this quote in this article in Christianity Today. Here it is in its original context.