Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer

  • Faith And Beliefs—Trusting Courage by Brother David Steindl-Rast
    From: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer Suppose our argument thus far is convincing.  Suppose we agree that gratefulness is that fullness of life for which all of us are thirsting.  Then the task ahead is simple enough: to learn to live gratefully.  The key question is: How shall we go about it? Earlier on, when we spoke of learning to live prayerfully, I suggested that we take the most prayerful moments in our daily life and start from there.  This gives us the advantage of starting with [...]
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PRAYER: Faith And Beliefs—Faith Walks by Brother David Steindl-Rast

From: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer There is another decisive beginning in the Biblical history of faith, the starting point of God’s covenant with Abraham.  This time the account starts by telling us that Abraham was now ninety-nine years old.  Since one hundred stands for perfection, [...]

Music

  • Study Tour Of The Human Soul by Thomas H. Troeger
    From: Music As Prayer When I was a teenager, I purchased a copy of a book about J. S. Bach and his music.  In the back of the volume, just before the catalogue of his works, were pictures of autograph manuscripts, period etchings of the composer, and some black and white photographs of St. Thomas [...]

Healing

Angels

  • At The Dawn Of The Day by Martin Shannon
    From: All God’s Angel After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from Heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white [...]

Wisdom

  • The Knight And The Keg by Nathalie Leone
    From: Christian Stories of Wisdom The knight was as comely as an angel.  Even if he rode all day, on his return he was fresh and the folds in his clothing were as unruffled as they had been before he set out. And yet he spread horror.  He desecrated, burned, killed, and ravaged men and beasts who crossed his path.  He was so cruel that people [...]

Mysticism

  • Why Mysticism Matters by Carl McColman
    From The Big Book of Christian Mysticism You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. (John 15:3) All mystic charisms are worthless compared to the love of God. They are as a string of pearls adorning a hungry infant who does not heed the pearls but only wants his mother’s breast. (Macarius the Egyptian) For those who have a sense of God’s presence in their lives, who [...]

Earth spirituality

  • Affirmation of Faith—New Creation
    From Thirdspace We believe that God creates all things, renews all things and celebrates over creation. We believe Earth is a precious sanctuary, a sacred planet filled with God’s presence, a home for us to share and to care for. We believe that [...]

Psalms

Psalm poetry

The Holy Spirit

Mystic poetry

John Donne

  • Temple by John Donne
    With his kind mother who partakes thy woe, Joseph turn back; see where your child doth sit, Blowing, yea blowing out those sparks of wit, Which himself on the doctors did bestow; The Word but lately could not speak, and lo, It suddenly speaks wonders, whence comes it, That [...]

Geoffrey Hill

  • The Bibliographers by Geoffrey Hill
    Lucifer blazing in superb effigies Among the world’s ambitious tragedies, Heaven-sent gift to the dark ages, Now, in the finest-possible light, We approach you; can estimate Your not unnatural height. Though the discrete progeny, Out of their swim, go deflated and dry, We know the feel of [...]

Kathleen Norris

  • Luke 14, a Commentary by Kathleen Norris
    So he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to [...]

Spiritual formation

  • Attaining Lasting Peace by Jean-Pierre de Caussade
    From The Joy of Full Surrender The soul who is not committed to the will of God alone will find neither its satisfaction nor its sanctification in the various methods – not even in the most excellent devotional exercises.  If that which God himself chooses for you does not satisfy you, from whom do you expect to receive what you desire?  If you turn from the food prepared for you by God’s own will, what food could satisfy a taste so depraved?  A soul can be nourished, strengthened, [...]
  • Resting In The Current (Surrender) by Gary L. Thomas
    From: The Glorious Pursuit The Man who wishes to offer a pure mind to God but who is troubled by cares is like a man who expects to walk quickly even though his legs are tied together. (John Climacus) Lisa and I wanted to move back to Washington State to be close to our children’s grandparents, but the situation looked bleak.  When we discussed our options with a realtor, his scenario stunned us.  “Best case scenario is that you’d have to bring $10,000 to [...]

Spirituality

Prayers of indigenous peoples

  • Black Elk's Earth Prayer
    Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on Earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you – the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live. You have set the powers of the four quarters of the Earth to cross each other. You have made me cross the good road and road of difficulties, and where they cross, the place is holy. Day in, day out, forevermore, you are [...]

Psalm 145

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

5 I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

8 The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

10 All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.

11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

A Quote From Thomas Merton

A very great composer, Paul Hindemith, has written me asking if I could write a poem that he could turn into a cantata for orchestra and choir. I sent him the preliminary notes of a work. He was very pleased with it.