Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer

  • Hope—Openness For Surprise (Part Five) by Brother David Steindl-Rast
    From: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer Pure Hope Hope, as passion for the possible, gives us a realistic alertness for practical possibilities.  It gives us a youthfulness that sees the possible limited merely by an ever receding horizon.  The princely spirit of hope initiates and determines our moral engagement.  For it is rooted in the heart, where each of us is most intimately united with all others – and so responsible for all.  Everything depends, of course, on how pure our hope is, [...]
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WRITING: Ransom (Part 2) by Pat Schneider

From How The Light Gets In One of the great things about working with memory in writing is the way you get to be in two or more times at once.  The far past, the near past, and the present brush against each other and even overlap.  Madeleine L’Engle said, “I am still every age that I have [...]


  • Plain And Simple, Rich And Complex by Thomas H. Troeger
    From: Music As Prayer I remember preaching at a week-long series of services that were part of a conference on worship and music.  We were fortunate to have an excellent organist, who not only gave fine performances of works from the standard organ repertoire but also provided the congregation [...]


  • Ransom (Part 1) by Pat Schneider
    From How The Light Gets In There’s Ransom in a Voice (Emily Dickinson) Nothing can save you / except writing (Charles Bukowski) The life you save may be your own. (Flannery O’Connor) The child watches.  The child learns.  Blackberries hang heavy and ripe on thorny vines at the edge of the [...]

Psalm meditations

  • Psalm 5:11 by Alan J. Hommerding
    From Everyday Psalms Let all who find refuge in you be glad; let them always sing with joy. Shelter them; may all those who love your name rejoice in you. The people of ancient Israel were a people who wandered, who lived as nomadic tribes or in exile, even a people who – when settled – spent much time outdoors in the fields, with herds, on the way to market, or to fetch water.  For them [...]


  • Psalm 46 by W. Robert Godfrey
    From Learning to Love the Psalms Psalm 46 is a song that reflects the great strength that flows to God’s people from their faith in the strength of God.  The song celebrates God’s deliverance of his people and particularly his defense of Jerusalem, “the city of God, the holy habitation of [...]

Church unity

  • I was born an Anglican. This means that I have always belonged to the church associated with King Henry VIII, of England, and his break from the Roman Catholic Church.  Henry wanted a son.  His first wife, his deceased brother’s wife, didn’t bear him one.  He wanted a divorce from her so he could try begetting a son with someone else.  The Pope agreed that the marriage was invalid because it was against the church law to marry your brother’s wife. Henry had been given a [...]


  • Henry Beston by Philip Harnden
    From Journeys of Simplicity (1888–1968) American naturalist and writer best known for The Outermost House, his chronicle of a solitary year on a Cape Cod beach. “The world today,” wrote Henry Beston, “is sick to its thin blood for lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water welling from the earth, for air, for the dear Earth itself underfoot.” To immerse himself in those elemental things, Beston had a neighbor build him a small house atop a dune on the farthest [...]


  • God Revealed In Ordinary Circumstances by Jean-Pierre de Caussade
    From The Joy of Full Surrender The written word of God is full of mystery.  His word expressed in the events of the world is no less so.  These are two sealed books, and of both it can be said, “The letter kills.” God is the center of faith.  All that emanates from this center is hidden in the deepest mystery.  This word and these events are, so to speak, feeble rays from a sun obscured by clouds.  It is vain to expect to see with our mortal eyes the rays of this sun.  Even the eyes [...]

Come, Creator Spirit

  • Make Yourself Gift by Raniero Cantalamessa
    From: Come, Creator Spirit This truth has direct impact on our life.  If the Holy Spirit is the one who, so to say, makes the act of self-giving of the Three-In-One God present in our world and prolongs it in our history, it must follow that he is the only one who can help us to make a gift of our own life and live it as a “living sacrifice.”  This one truth gathers together and sums up the entire scope of the Christian life and purpose; it is, for Saint Paul, the only adequate response [...]

Epiphany poetry

Epiphany prayers

  • PRAYER: Epiphany
    From First Vespers of Christmas in the Greek Church What gift shall we bring to Thee, O Christ, since Thou as man on Earth hast shown Thyself for us, since every creature made by Thee brings to Thee its thanksgiving?  The angels bring their song, the Heavens bring their star, the Magi bring their gifts, the Shepherds bring their awe, Earth gives a cave, the wilderness a manger: and we the [...]

A Quote From Thomas Merton

Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self. This is the man that I want to be but who cannot exist, because God does not know anything about him. And to be unknown of God is altogether too much privacy.

Psalm 46

46: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.


2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;


3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.


4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.


5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.


6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the Earth melted.


7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.


8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the Earth.


9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the Earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.


10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the Earth.


11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.