Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer

  • Hope—Openness For Surprise (Part Two) by Brother David Steindl-Rast
    From: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer Between The Already And The Not-Yet In the Bible we find, again and again, one key image for the quest of the heart: the image of the way.  This image will yield a deeper significance if we keep in mind that the Biblical way is always the way of a pilgrim.  It is the way on which one step, surprisingly, may lead us to the goal, and the goal may turn out to be, surprisingly, the first of many further steps on the road.  The image of the way tells us [...]
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POETRY: Eleven Addresses To The Lord — 2 by John Berryman

Holy, as I suppose I dare to call you without pretending to know anything about you but infinite capacity everywhere & always & in particular certain goodness to me. Yours is the crumpling, to my sister-in-law terrifying thunder, yours the candelabra buds sticky in Spring, Christ’s [...]



  • There Is A Spirit by Pat Schneider
    From How The Light Gets In …a Spirit is manifest in the Laws of the Universe. (Albert Einstein) Einstein says there is “a Spirit manifest in the Laws of the Universe.”  By “the Laws” I assume he means everywhere – within us as well as out there where “the morning stars sing [...]

Psalm meditations

  • Psalm 2:10 by Alan J. Hommerding
    From Everyday Psalms Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the Earth. It is easy to think that this psalm isn’t speaking to us.  “I’m not a king.  I’m not a ruler.”  Perhaps we need to think of ourselves in this instance as the psalmist, the one offering the cautionary note to kings and rulers, speaking with the voice of God who scorns the folly of nations that turn away from God’s reign for the sake of their own.  The psalmist acts as [...]


  • Psalm 22 by W. Robert Godfrey
    From Learning to Love the Psalms Psalm 22 begins with the most anguished cry in human history: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  These are the words that Jesus took on his lips at the depth of his suffering on the cross.  His suffering was unique at that point as he offered himself up for the sins of his people.  And so, we have tended to see this cry as unique to Jesus.  But such an approach to these words is clearly wrong.  Jesus was not inventing unique words to interpret [...]


  • Thomas Merton by Philip Harnden
    From Journeys of Simplicity (1915–1968) French-born American Roman Catholic priest and Trappist monk Father Louis, as Thomas Merton was known to his fellow monks, lived his last years as a hermit in the woods near his Cistercian abbey.  His hermitage was small and unadorned, a cinder-block building with cement floors.  He cut his own wood for the fireplace, hauled water from the abbey, cooked on a Coleman stove, and read by kerosene lamp.  Eventually, as his health deteriorated, [...]

Spiritual formation

  • Recognizing God’s Hand By Faith by Jean-Pierre de Caussade
    From The Joy of Full Surrender Those who are enlightened by faith judge things in a very different way from those who have only their senses to guide them and ignore the inestimable treasures they conceal.  One who knows the king in disguise treats him very differently from another who, judging by appearances alone, fails to recognize his royalty and treats him as a commoner.  In the same way the soul that recognizes the will of God in even the smallest circumstances, even in those that are [...]

Come, Creator Spirit

  • Be Paracletes by Raniero Cantalamessa
    From: Come, Creator Spirit So it is that in the term Paraclete we reach in a certain sense to the apex of revelation concerning the Holy Spirit.  He is not merely “something,” but “Someone.”  The Spirit is one who dwells in us, a presence, one who speaks on our behalf, a defender, a friend, a consoler, the “sweet guest of the soul,” as the Sequence for Pentecost says.  The Spirit was the “inseparable companion” of Jesus during his Earthly life, and now wants to be just that [...]

Advent poetry

Prayers for the season

  • Friday Of Advent II by Martin Shannon
    From My Soul Waits Psalm 56 Nevertheless, though, I am sometime afraid, yet put I my trust in thee. (v. 3) The ancient editors of the psalms assigned Psalm 56 to David.  Its superscription, “A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath,” refers again to those events recorded in 1 Samuel 21 and 22, when, fleeing before Saul, David pretended to be crazy and took refuge among his mortal enemies, the Philistines.  Out of the frying pan and into the fire, you might say about [...]

A Quote From Thomas Merton

Hatred tries to cure disunion by annihilating those who are not united with us. It seeks peace by the elimination of everybody else but ourselves.

Psalm 22

22: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.

21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever.

27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations.

29 All they that be fat upon Earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.