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 [...]
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A NEW EARTH: A Breathtaking Promise by John Eldredge

From All Things New “We could sure use some hope right now.” I was chatting with a friend last week about the things going on in our lives and in the world, when she said this.  We were talking about our loss of a dear colleague, but also about how everyone we know seems to be facing some hard [...]

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. [...]

Heaven on Earth

  • Discovering The Kingdom (Part One) by R. Alan Streett
    From: Heaven on Earth Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! (Matthew 3:2) The concept of the Kingdom of God is elusive.  From the beginning of Christianity, the greatest minds have been baffled by it.  Theologians have equated it variously with Heaven, the church, Israel, Christendom, democracy, socialism, communism, an ethical ideal, an inward spiritual experience, Christ’s [...]

My Brilliant Abyss

  • My Bright Abyss— Conversion by Christian Wiman
    From My Bright Abyss My God my bright abyss into which all my longing will not go once more I come to the edge of all I know and believing nothing believe in this: And there the poem ends.  Or fails, rather, for in the several years since I first wrote that stanza I have been trying to feel my way – to will my way – into its ending.  Poems in general are not especially susceptible to the [...]

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 [...]

Pentecost

Tales from beyond the horizon

  • It was a time of flight. I used to define flight as a time when I had one foot in the seen world and the other in the unseen world. But recalling this time I think that it would be better defined as having both feet in the unseen world, while still being in this world. This flight was most profound.  So much so, that for the two years that it went on, I never needed my reading glasses to see. I thought, at the time, that this was an indication that I had received a healing to my eyes. But, no. [...]

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

The most wonderful thing about the world is that it is nobody’s property, not even God’s! We who are ruined by our own indigence to the point of thinking that we can possess something worship a false god, a god of possession, that is, a god of destruction. God is the God of the living.

Psalm 95

95:  O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

 

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

 

3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

 

4 In his hand are the deep places of the Earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

 

5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

 

6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

 

7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice,

 

8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

 

9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.

 

10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

 

11 Unto whom I swear in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.