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Short and sweet: A favorite prayer from Father Sherman

GRAND FORKS — The Rev. William Sherman says the perfect sermon is a short one — eight minutes to be exact.

"At St. Michael's, I had all my notes written out and, if on the way out, the ushers were pointing (to their watches), I knew I had talked too long," Sherman said with a chuckle.

And so it goes with other things. After a morning visit with the longtime Grand Forks priest, he breaks in: "That's enough now, isn't it? People don't want to read about me."

Short and sweet, we leave you with one of Sherman's favorite prayers ...

Angel of God, my guardian dear,

to whom God's love commits me here.

Ever this day be at my side,

to light, to guard,

to rule and guide.