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I heard the song “Pretending” by Eric Clapton on the radio this morning. It’s about ones heart ache due to another pretending to love in the relationship. O Father, please do not let my love for you, for others, be for pretend. Please help me make it genuine, honest, real, deep, authentic—like your love.

That which I am…

That which I am, I offer to you, O Lord, for you are it entirely. — The Book of Privy Counseling

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Prayer to the Trinity

Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth: Set up your kingdom in our midst. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God: Have mercy on me, a sinner. Holy Spirit, breath of the living God: Renew me and all the world. — N.T. Wright

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Day by Day

Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, For all the benefits which You have given me, For all the pains and insults which You have borne for me. Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, May I know You more clearly, Love You more dearly, Follow You more nearly, Day by day. — St. Richard […]

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Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that […]

Lover and Beloved

Definition:   lover, a person who loves (or is loved). To love someone means to give yourself, at least in part, to another. The more one loves, the more one wants to give. The more one gives, the more one loves. The following prayer was written by Brother Charles of Jesus. It expresses a deep […]

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All I Have

I wrote this poem in less than an hour. If you know me, this is very unusuall, especially with anything poetic. This poem was inspired by and originally posted with Susan’s poem. It sums up a small portion of my experience this past year following the Spiritual Exercises. All I truly have is the present […]

Prayer of Surrender

Father, I abandon myself into your hands,     do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you, I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me,     and in all your creatures— I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your […]

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Via Crucis #10

Jesus is stripped of His garments. At the end of the long, crueling walk through the streets and crowds, out the city gates and up the hill of Golgatha under the weight of the heavy Cross, Jesus stands alone one last time before His moment of glory. The soldiers hastily remove his clothing, reopening the […]

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May the road rise to meet you…

May the road rise to meet you; May the wind be always at your back; May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His Hand. — an Irish blessing

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None May Love You less

Grant, O Lord,that none may love Thee less this day because of me; that never a word or act of mine may turn one soul from Thee; and, ever daring, yet one more grace would I implore: that many souls this day, because of me may love Thee more. Amen. — Rev. James D. Watkins

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Take and Receive

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,      my memory, my understanding      and my entire will—      all I have and call my own. You have given all to me;      to you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your […]

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Fasting and Feasting

Lent should be more than a time of fasting. It should also be a joyous season of feasting. Lent is a time to fast from certain things and to feast on others. It is a season to turn to God: Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ indwelling them. Fast from emphasis on differences; […]

Recognize and Respond

Lord God, We recognize your faithfulness to us. We recognize your holiness. We recognize your great power. We recognize your mercy and forgiveness. And so, We respond by being faithful to our covenant with you. We respond with obedience and purity. We respond with humilty. We respond by showing mercy and forgiveness. Bless us, O […]

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Relax into the back of your chair,       and take a slow, deep breath. Let it out slowly. Take a another slow deep breath. Let it out slowly. Concentrate on your breath as you breathe slowly,       in and out, in and out. Feel the air enter and fill your lungs. […]

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Bring Us into Your Life

Eternal Lover of Your children, bring us into Your life, make us sharers in Your love and transmitters of it. Help us to become serene and patient in the midst of our frustrations, but at the same time make us heroic adventurers, brave, gentle, tender, but without fear and with radiant faces. — Rufus Jones

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Prayer of a Bruised Heart

Here. Here’s my heart I know at times I can hold it back, cautiously ensuring it will be handled with great compassion, carefully making certain my dreams will not be ridiculed or the words of my soul trampled on. But I’m so heavy right now and maybe if I release my heart to you some […]

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To the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts to celebrate with faith, the hope which does not disappoint, in the love which seeks nothing in return. Spirit of Truth, you who search the depths of God, memory and prophecy in the Church, lead mankind to recognize in Jesus of Nazareth the Lord of glory, the Saviour of the […]

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For Faith

Father in Heaven, God of power and Lord of mercy,     from whose fullness we have all received,     direct our steps in our everyday efforts. May the changing moods of the human heart     and the limits which our failings impose on hope     never blind us to you, source […]

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Soul of Christ

This prayer is kind of a modern version of the Anima Christi. Jesus, may all that is you flow into me. May your body and blood be my food and drink. May your passion and death be my strength and life. Jesus, with you by my side enough has been given. May the shelter I […]

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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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 […]

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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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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