Soul of Christ

  • Chapter Three (Part Two)—In The Light Of God’s Word by Marie Paul Curley
    From Soul of Christ Theme for Holy Hour: Jesus, Center of Our Lives Suggested opening hymn: “Center of My Life,” refrain text and music composed by Paul Inwood, verses are Psalm 16. Spend some time in silent adoration. Adoring Jesus In His Word When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.  He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of [...]

Earth Psalms

  • Earth Psalms—Introduction by Francine Rivers
    From: Earth Psalms Scriptures say, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the Earth and sky.  Through everything God made, we can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature.  So we have no excuse for not knowing God,” (Romans 1:20).  Everything God has created is a wonder to behold.  If we look closely, we find lessons in our observations. [...]

Emmaus Road

  • Hand Signals by Gary M. Schimmer
    From: Emmaus Road Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14b) Receiving Holy Communion is one of the spiritual stepping stones in the Christian faith.  In the early Christian church even infants communed by tasting drops of wine that the priest placed on their tongues.  Centuries [...]

Separateness

  • Loneliness by Julia Marks
    Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. (Mother Teresa) Loneliness is taking the illusion of separation and making it real. Loneliness is sitting down in a boat ride at an amusement park and never coming out of the tunnel. Loneliness is believing every lie that has ever been told us. Loneliness is the root of all evil. There are two parts to loneliness: self-centeredness and disheartenment. Self-Centeredness [...]

The Rosary

  • The Rosary by John O’Donohue
    As though the music of the ocean Had come to shelter On the home hearth Dreaming of itself In the selfsame dream From a far distant region In buoyant ease Between the fill and fall Of waves of Hail [...]

Psalms

  • Psalm 95 by W. Robert Godfrey
    From Learning to Love the Psalms Psalm 95 begins the second section of Book Four, the section that centers on comfort in the worship of God.  As Book Four began with psalms that remembered the greatness of God in creation and covenant, so it continues with psalms that call us to worship the God of creation and covenant.  The people of God seek comfort in the midst of crises of faith by reminding themselves of  God’s character and meeting [...]

Humility, the Journey to Holiness

  • Humility In Daily Life by Andrew Murray
    From Humility The more humble a man is in himself, the more obedient toward God, the wiser will he be in all things, and the more shall his soul be at peace. (Thomas à Kempis)   For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20) It is a solemn thought that our love for God is measured by our everyday relationships with others.  Except as its validity is proven in standing the test of daily life with our fellowmen, our love for [...]

R. S. Thomas

Attentiveness

  • The God Who Pays Attention by Leighton Ford
    From The Attentive Life Friends (and some not-so-friendly persons) are always emailing stuff that I didn’t ask for and usually don’t want.  Most often I just hit delete.  But one forwarded message insisted I pull it up.  In astonishment I watched “The Power of Ten,” a series of images showing our galaxy from the most distant reaches to one of the tiniest particles of our Earth. Beginning with images of the Milky Way ten million light-years from the Earth, it moved through space in [...]

Pentecost prayers

  • The Flaming Dove by Hildegard of Bingen
    I beg you, O God, to reveal to me the mystery of your love.  Let your love be to me a new dawn at the end of a long night of gloom.  Let your love be to me a new plan, showing the way of spiritual slavery.  And let that plan be so simple that I can understand and follow it.  Your love is like a white dove with orange flames bursting from its wings.  The dove brings the promise of peace to my [...]

A Quote From Thomas Merton

Praises and canticles anticipate
Each day the singing bells that wake the sun.

Open the secret eye of faith

And drink these deeps of invisible light.

Psalm 92

92: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:

 

2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

 

3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

 

4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

 

5 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

 

6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

 

7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed forever:

 

8 But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.

 

9 For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

 

10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

 

11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.

 

12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

 

13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

 

14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

 

15 To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.