September 2005 Archives (16)

We Set the Limits, Not God

God never forces himself upon us or works in us beyond what we are willing to allow him to do. If we do not grow in love, it is not because his love for us is limited, but because we set limits to what his love can do in us. — Thomas Green, When the […]

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For Your Love’s Sake

Watch, O Lord,     with those who wake,     or watch, or weep tonight,     and give Your angels and saints     charge over those who sleep. Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ.     Rest Your weary ones.         Bless Your dying ones.       […]

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To Touch the Rain

Desolation never comes from God. — St. Ignatius of Loyola If it did, we would just be puppets. And where would our free will be then? St. Ignatius advised not to make any changes in the middle of a period of desolation. Well, I should follow that advice, but I am not. I’m scrapping large […]

Psalm 139 — Reworded Slightly

Sister Benedicta from the Red Plains Monastery told me to change the pronouns around in Psalm 139 and insert my name as if God was speaking directly to me. Praying the psalm this way can have a profound effect on ones orientation to grace. I recommend that you pray it by placing your name in […]

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An Economy of Grace

Just one path of grace: Love brings peace. Peace brings patience and dispels fear; which in turn reinforces hope, deepens faith, and creates a space for forgiveness; thus energizing love to flow to others. May God’s love, peace, and energy touch your heart. Update: Added lines about forgiveness.

A Fresh Cow Pi

The old CowPi v3.0 Older CowPi v2.0 Original CowPi v1.0 The latest version of CowPi has reverted to a minimalist design employing plenty of white space. I miss the color a little, and the sunset image at the top a lot, but they don’t quite fit in with the new look. The sidebar has been […]

Dance in the Rain

It is raining outside at the moment—a good, steady rain. My classroom windows are open and a cool breeze is gently blowing in with the steady and sure sound of the rain. The color of sky is a cool and comforting early morning overcast gray. It is quiet at the moment, a moment before the […]

In the Palm of His Hand

I had a dream last night that I met Jesus. I had so longed to look into His eyes. And finally, there I was, face to face with Him. I looked deep into His eyes. I smiled and I cried. There was love. There was mercy. There was peace. It was awesome. Then I realized […]


Lord let me find back the lost treasure of time: Time for gentle listening to a friend,       for sharing the play of a child, For consoling a suffering fellow man, For thinking without strain,       for labour without pressure. Time to delight in birds and flowers,       blooming […]


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Last Night As I Was Sleeping

Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt—marvelous error!— that a spring was breaking out in my heart. I said: Along which secret aqueduct, Oh water, are you coming to me, water of a new life that I have never drunk? Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt—marvelous error!— that I had a beehive […]

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Prayer Before Receiving the Eucharist

An old and beautiful prayer. It is part of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom within the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church. Note the call to the Trinity—O Lord, O Master, O Holy One. O Lord, I believe and profess that You are truly Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came […]

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Inside an open rose a tree frog no bigger than my thumbnail. I try to imagine rest like that, tucked in such a bed of petals. I try to imagine prayer like that, listening so intently in the early light and saying so little. — Bernardo Taiz  

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I Have a Dream

At the archdiocesan teacher inservice today, the speaker briefly recalled Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous line from his speech many years ago, and connected it to our hopes and aspirations within our own schools. She then asked us to turn to the person next to us and tell them our own dream. “My dream”, I […]

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Crucified Hero

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and […]

My Brokenness

My depression back in January/February has changed the landscape of my heart, of my soul, of my personality. It broke me. It broke me deep inside. Because of that, my whole perspective on faith, on hope, on love, and on God, has changed to a much deeper level than I never knew existed. There are […]

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