GRATITUDE: Contemplation In Action Prayers by Matthew Linn, Dennis Linn, & Sheila Fabricant

June 11, 2015

From Prayer Course for Healing Life’s Hurts Take a minute and ask for the grace to be able to receive love.  Then go and do one of the following: One Take a walk of thanksgiving in which you just thank God for the ways you see his love.  You might thank him through words, by the way you take deep breaths of his care, or just by the way you rejoice in seeing and touching his creation.  Maybe you will want to stop in one spot and thank him for all you can hear, smell, touch, and see.  Let him smile at you and smile back. Two A favorite prayer of Saint Teresa was to work with an awareness of Jesus being at her side.  Invite Jesus to be with you as you work during part of the day.  You might speak to him about what you are doing, [...]

MARY: Sing And Proclaim All Days by Justin Lang

December 29, 2014

From Mary: Images of the Mother of Jesus in Jewish and Christian Perspective The fundamental liturgical structures of the Marian feasts communicate first of all an atmosphere that mystically envelops the venerator of Mary.  And the prayers and hymns of these feasts attempt to articulate further this specifically Marian sense of life.  There exists here a characteristic dialectic between a verbal and melodius exuberance and a blissful movement into silence.  The famous Hymnos akathistos, for example, allows the entire height and depth of the Marian mystery to shine forth in ever new cascades of words, as we can observe in the following lines: Hail, Mother of the most holy star; hail, Morning light of the mystical life. Hail, you who [...]

PRAYER: Prayers Of Daniel Berrigan

September 24, 2012

Prayer of the Vindicated Thank you at last. The question indeed was long and vexed, allowing of infinite delay, this or that stab at solution well-intentioned, in long run unavailing. Then the state gathered strength out of weakness, a dynastic leopard starved itself for the feast. A people known in the world for its achievement; coals, gases, alkaloids, engines, boots and amenities more precise and cunning — false teeth, false hair, the reprocessing of old bones and bottles, melting down of jewelry — a genius to make the head spin in the telling! Well, we were a chosen people once more chosen! The gears ground fine the fires were stoked. Our children included in the vast ‘definitive solution,’ swept along, a minor debris — [...]

PRAYER: Prayers, by Mary Gordon

August 20, 2012

From The Paris Review For Liars For makers of elaborated worlds, adorned and peopled by the creatures and the furniture of their inventions.  For those who live as if the way things are were not enough and mean, by their words, to do something about it.  For those who would protect the first beloved from the fresh reality of the second.  For fabricators of plausible excuses that will save the fragile hostess’s amour-propre.  For ornamenters who cannot endure a history without clear heroes and sharp villains.  For speakers of the phrases “it’s a fabulous haircut” or “of course you aren’t gaining weight.”  For forgers of Old Masters and fakers of petites morts.  For advertisers presenting a [...]