Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer

  • Love—A “Yes” To Belonging (Part Five) by Brother David Steindl-Rast
    From: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer Home Peace is the fruit of love.  The “yes” to our belonging to God’s great household is the seed from which peace unfolds.  D. H. Lawrence suggests this in a poem which he entitled “PAX,” the Latin word for “peace.”  There is a close link between the Roman concept of pax and pietas.  This poem hinges on the link between the two. All that matters is to be at one with the living God To be a creature in the house of the God of Life. Like a [...]
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PILGRIMAGE: Lérins, France—Drinking From The River by Albert Holtz

From: Pilgrim Road The monks’ white-and-blue boat is a sturdy little converted fishing craft.  Perched on a hard bench inside its bare cabin, I watch through square, spray-spattered windows as the city of Cannes rolls and pitches, fading into the morning mist. The choppy sea tosses our boat in [...]

The Wilderness

  • The Wilderness—Where Worship Deepens by Brian & Candice Simmons
    From The Wilderness The most difficult season of your life is about to be over.  You will see a victory that will cause you to explode with joy and rejoice in song.  The prophetic destiny of your life will be advanced, even in a wilderness of uncertainty.  Miracles will be discovered in your wilderness. We have found that miracles flow in an atmosphere of music.  Worship turns a wilderness into an oasis of the supernatural.  As we lived day [...]

The Good of Giving Up

  • Confessing Our Secrets by Aaron Damiani
    From The Good of Giving Up In 2010, our family survived “Snowmageddon,” a blizzard that blanketed Washington, D.C., in thirty inches of snow.  It took several weeks for the city to clear the streets of the white stuff.  As a result, the garbage trucks could not drive into the alleys to collect the garbage cans.  For weeks, our refuse piled up, the cans overflowing with flimsy plastic bags containing dirty diapers and rotting food.  And because of the snow, we couldn’t take the cans to [...]

Pilgrim Road

  • The Fifth Week of Lent by Albert Holtz
    From: Pilgrim Road Hoping in the Lord In the desert Israel had to depend on God for everything: military protection, food, water, and guidance through the trackless waste.  On our own life’s journey we have to learn to [...]


  • Psalm 73 by W. Robert Godfrey
    From Learning to Love the Psalms The first half of Psalm 73 poignantly introduces the theme of the crisis of faith that dominates Book Three.  The psalm begins with a rousing confession of confidence in God: “Truly God is good to Israel.”  But then it records a severe personal struggle with the unfairness of life.  The particular pain the psalmist suffers is an envy of the wicked: “For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked,” (v. 3).  Why do the wicked [...]

The Way of the Cross

  • 9 Jesus Falls The Third Time by Caryll Houselander
    From The Way of the Cross  At last the pitiful procession has reached the foot of Calvary.  Once more Christ is to go up into a mountain, this time for the last time. Here he is at last at the end of the Via Crucis, at the foot of the mountain, and with him Simon of Cyrene, the stranger who is sharing the weight of his cross; the two thieves who were led out with him, one on each side; and surrounding them, holding the crowds back with their spears and goading the condemned men to the last [...]

Boris Pasternak

  • March by Boris Pasternak
    The sun is hotter than the top ledge in a steam bath; The ravine, crazed, is rampaging below. Spring—that corn-fed, husky milkmaid— Is busy at her chores with never a letup. The snow is wasting (pernicious anemia— See those branching veinlets of impotent blue?) Yet in the cowbarn life is burbling, steaming, And the tines of pitchforks simply glow with health. These days—these days, and these nights also! With eavesdrop thrumming its tattoos at noon, With icicles (cachectic!) hanging on [...]

Come, Creator Spirit

  • Water And Thirsty Soil by Raniero Cantalamessa
    From: Come, Creator Spirit Now, to apply what we have seen in a practical way, let’s call again to our help the symbol of “Sister Water.”  Water is something that always runs down, never up.  It is always trying to find the lowest place.  So it is with the Holy Spirit: the Spirit loves to visit and fill the lowly, the humble, those who know their own emptiness.  Francis of Assisi, in his Canticle of Brother Sun, makes water a symbol of humility: “Praised be you, my Lord, through [...]

The Dusty Ones

  • Banished (part one) by A. J. Swoboda
    From The Dusty Ones Return, O Wanderer, to thy home, Thy Father calls for thee; No longer now an exile roam In guilt and misery; Return, return Return, O wanderer, to thy home, ‘Tis Jesus calls for thee: The Spirit and the bride say, Come; Oh now for refuge flee; Return, return. Return, O wanderer, to thy home, ‘Tis madness to delay: There are no pardons in the tomb And brief is mercy’s day. Return, return. (Thomas Hastings, “Return, O Wanderer”)   “In the beginning God….” [...]

Lenten sermons

  • A Sermon Of Saint Augustine On The Gospel For The Fourth Sunday In Lent
    Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lift up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” (And this he said to prove him; for he himself knew what [...]

Lenten poetry

The Breastplate of Fursa

The Breastplate Of FursaMay the yoke of the Law of God be upon this shoulder,
The coming of the Holy Spirit on this head,
The sign of Christ on this forehead;
The hearing of the Holy Spirit in these ears,
The smelling of the Holy Spirit in this nose;
The vision that the people of Heaven have be in these eyes,
The speech of the people of Heaven in this mouth;
The work of the church of God in these hands,
The good of God and of neighbor in these feet.
May God dwell in this heart,
And this person belong entirely to God, the Father.

Lenten prayers

A Quote From Thomas Merton

This is no longer a time of systematic ethical speculation, for such speculation implies time to reason, and the power to bring social and individual action under the concerted control of reasoned principles upon which most men agree.  There is no time to reason out, calmly and objectively, the moral implications of technical developments which are perhaps already superseded by the time one knows enough to reason about them.

Psalm 73

73: Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.


2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.


3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.


4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.


5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.


6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.


7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.


8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.


9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the Earth.


10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.


11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?


12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.


13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.


14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.


15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.


16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;


17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.


18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.


19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.


20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.


21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.


22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.


23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.


24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.


25 Whom have I in Heaven but thee? and there is none upon Earth that I desire beside thee.


26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.


27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.


28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.