Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer

  • Heart And Mind (Part Three) by Brother David Steindl-Rast
    From Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer Meaning Here, another prayer from Rilke’s Book of Hours allows these intuitions to crystallize into poetic images.  Once more Rilke starts out with the polarity of noise and silence.  This time it is the crowd of contradictions in our life that fills the palace of our heart with a riotous feast of fools.  It is impossible, of course, to eliminate contradictions altogether from our life.  Life itself is contradictory.  But we can reconcile [...]
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HOLY SPIRIT: Your Soul’s Delightful Guest by Luis M. Martinez

From True Devotion to the Holy Spirit How wonderful is the work of the artist!  By efforts both ardent and gentle, he can penetrate hard and shapeless materials with the light of his soul.  The instruments that he uses, although often crude, can impart to these materials exquisite proportions and [...]

Music

  • To What End Beauty? by Thomas H. Troeger
    From: Music As Prayer Some time ago, I read a book review about the varied ways Beethoven and his music have been viewed in different eras.  Although I have lost the review, I have never forgotten its substance.  According to the reviewer, there was a time when Beethoven’s music was seen as [...]

Healing

Angels

  • An Angel Who Sees Possibility by Martin Shannon
    From: All God’s Angels Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the [...]

Wisdom

Mysticism

  • How Mysticism Became Christian by Carl McColman
    From The Big Book of Christian Mysticism But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. (1 Corinthians 6:17) The Christian religion is primarily about a transformation of consciousness.  This takes spiritual practice and the cultivation of wisdom.  In another time, this was called cultivating the supernatural organism, what Paul called “a new creation.”  So the main [...]

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Psalms

  • Petition For The Spirit Of Life by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    From Psalms We have taken this short stroll through the Psalter in order to learn to pray a few psalms a bit better.  It would not be difficult to arrange according to the Lord’s Prayer all the psalms mentioned.  We should have to change only slightly our arrangement of the order of the [...]

Psalm poetry

  • Complaining by George Herbert
    But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. [...]

The Holy Spirit

Mystic poetry

Scott Cairns

  • A Recuperation Of Sin by Scott Cairns
    I suppose we might do away with words like sin. They are at least archaic, not to mention rude, and late generations have been pretty well-schooled against the presumption of holding anything to be absolutely so, universally applicable, especially anything like sin which is, to put it more neatly, [...]

Emily Dickinson

  • A Clock Stopped by Emily Dickinson
    A Clock stopped— Not the Mantel’s— Geneva’s farthest skill Can’t put the puppet bowing— That just now dangled still— An awe came on the Trinket! the Figures hunched, with pain— Then quivered out of Decimals— Into Degreeless Noon— It will not stir for Doctors— This [...]

Denise Levertov

  • Re-Rooting by Denise Levertov
    We were trying to put the roots back, wild and erratic straying root-limbs, trying to fit them into the hole that was cleancut in clay, deep but not wide enough; or wide but too square—trying to get the roots back into earth before they dried out and died. Ineptly we pulled and pushed striving to [...]

Spirituality

  • Deepening Insights Into The Mystery Of Divine Persons by Gregory Collins
    From Meeting Christ in His Mysteries Still greater depths are contained in the revealed mystery of Christ but to sound them one must turn to later New Testament letters such as Ephesians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus.  Although as we have seen, they are probably not directly from Paul’s hand they do represent the expansion and consolidation of his teaching within the wider circle of his disciples and have always been recognized by the churches as authentically [...]

Spiritual formation

  • A Letter Of Consolation from Abraham Lincoln
    A letter to a mother who lived in Boston, who President Lincoln mistakenly believed lost her five sons in the war.  Carl Sandburg wrote of this letter, “More darkly than the Gettysburg speech the letter wove its awful implication that human freedom so often was paid for with agony.” Executive Mansion Washington, Nov. 21, 1864 To Mrs. Bixby, Boston, Mass. Dear Madam, I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you [...]

Franciscan prayers

Psalm 119

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Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

A Quote From Thomas Merton

Perhaps peace is not, after all, something you work for, or “fight for.” It is indeed “fighting for peace” that starts all the wars.