Edward Hays

BLESSING: A Blessing Prayer For A Journey, by Edward Hays

May 16, 2017

From: Pray All Ways Blessed are You, Lord, my God, for You have created a wide and wonderful world in which I may travel. Be my ever-near companion, O Holy Guide of Travelers, each time that I journey, and spread the road before me with beauty and adventure. May all the highways ahead of me be free of harm and evil. May I be accompanied by Your holy spirits, Your angelic messengers as were the holy ones of days past. On each trip may I take with me, as part of my traveling equipment, a heart wrapped in wonder with which to rejoice in all that I shall meet. Along with the clothing of wonder, may I have room in my luggage for a mystic map by which I can find the invisible meanings of the events of this journey— of possible disappointments [...]

BLESSING: Blessing Prayer For Mother’s Day by Edward Hays

April 28, 2017

From Prayers for the Domestic Church God of Love, listen to this prayer. God of Holy People, of Sarah, Ruth, and Rebekah; God of holy Elizabeth, mother of John, of Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus, bend down Your ear to this request and bless the mother of our family. Bless her with the strength of Your spirit, she who has taught her children how to stand and walk. Bless her with the melody of Your love, she who has shared how to speak, how to sing and how to pray to You. Bless her with a place at Your eternal dinner table, she who has fed and nurtured the life that was formed within her while still helpless but embraced in her love. Bless her today, now, in this lifetime, with good things, with health. Bless her with joy, love, laughter, and [...]

PRAYER: The Prayer Of Oneself by Edward M. Hays

November 3, 2015

From Secular Sanctity This is a story about the Our Father.  As all stories seem to do, it begins many years ago in happy days.  In that time, the Our Father lived a comfortable, religious life.  He prayed at rosary wakes and was present at both morning and evening prayers.  It seemed that he was a perpetual prayer at the times of confessional penance where he usually appeared in sets of three: “Say three Hail Marys and three Our Fathers.”  He was always an important part of every Mass, whether he was recited or sung.  His prayer in Latin rang out strong, “Pater noster, qui es in caelis….”  Many years ago, he was secure and comfortable, and the Our Father was at peace with his spiritual life.  Then came [...]

PRAYER: Prayers Of GratitudeAnd Praise, by Edward Hays

May 26, 2014

Blessed Are You, Lord Our God, Who Gives To Us Nourishment In Times Of Silence And Solitude From uplifted hearts, hearts full of gratitude, may this prayer of thanksgiving rise to You, God of All Gifts and of Great Generosity. We are thankful for times of stillness which allow us to listen to that holy river of prayer flowing in the heart; for the presence of Your Holy Spirit within, the Spirit who prays [...]

PRAYER: Two Prayers For Times Of Storms Or Danger, by Edward Hays

June 3, 2013

From Prayers for the Domestic Church – A Handbook for Worship in the Home Prayer for Protection in a Time of Storm or Danger A candle, around which the family has gathered for prayer, is lighted. Lord and Holy Protector, like the disciples who were caught in their tiny boat in the midst of a mighty storm, we come together to seek Your help. We are fearful as we are surrounded by danger. We feel helpless and small before the great power of this perilous time, a power which is beyond our control. While everything seems dark and dangerous, we place our trust in You, our Lord and God. Sheltered here in our home, we are also shielded by Your love against all that might harm us. We know that You hear all prayers so we now, filled with [...]

PRAYER: The Prayer Of Tears by Edward Hays

January 21, 2013

Lord, Beloved God, since all communion with You is prayer, may even my tears be psalms of petition and canticles of praise to You. This is a prayer that You value greatly: the prayer of my tears; it is a prayer that You always hear for You are a compassionate and kind God. And, Lord, I know You understand that when I am overcome by my tears— unable to speak or form a prayer— that these very tears voice volumes of verse. All truly great prayer rises from deep inside and springs spontaneously to the surface. It would then seem that from among the many beautiful prayers, the sacred songs and canticles of praise, my tears may be the best worship of all. Help me not to be ashamed of them; show me how I can let go of control and let this [...]

PRAYER: Prayers For Reconciliation Within The Home, by Edward Hays

June 25, 2012

A Prayer in a Time of Anger and Separation Lord, you who expressed your divine anger in fire, brimstone, and lightning, look down with understanding upon my anger.  I am in pain — a wound in my heart caused by another is the source of this suffering.  That heart of mine, Lord of Hearts, is filled with anger so that I am unable to be loving and caring.  I feel a need to return injury for injury, pain for pain, and so cannot truly desire to forgive the other. Lord, you and I both know that such an attitude is wrong, yet it is very real and its pain overflows into the rest of my life.  Before I can come to the point of wanting to forgive — and to be forgiven if that is necessary — I must find an antidote for the poison of this [...]

PRAYER: A Fool’s Prayer by Edward Hays

February 3, 2012

Father and God of Fools, Lord of Clowns and Smiling Saints, I rejoice in this playful prayer that You are a God of laughter and of tears. Blessed are You, for You have rooted within me the gifts of humor, lightheartedness and mirth, With jokes and comedy, You cause my heart to sing as laughter is made to flow out of me. I am grateful that Your Son, Jesus, who was this world’s master of wit, daily invites me to be a fool for Your sake, to embrace the madness of Your prophets, holy people and saints. I delight in that holy madness which becomes the very medicine to heal the chaos of the cosmos since it calls each of us out of the hum-drumness of daily life into joy, adventure, and, most of all, into freedom. I, who am so easily tempted [...]

PRAYER: A Prayer To Forgive God, by Edward Hays

January 25, 2012

Come close, Lord, and hear my prayer as I come with great hesitation seeking reconciliation with you, my God.  I find that my lips will hardly form these words, and yet, if I am honest, I know that at times there has been hidden in my heart a resentment toward you, my God.  The reason, Lord, is that from the start you have shaped my world, formed my body, gifted my mind, and placed me within my family.  I have held you responsible when these seemed unjust and, though afraid, have often wanted to raise my fist to you.  This, Lord God, is one of those times. Be patient with me, Divine Master, because from the spot where I stand, I can see only a small part of this universe.  My vision is confined to a limited today, to a few [...]