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Unseen – I gaze toward Light, blinded by darkness


Unseen 

I gaze toward Light, blinded by darkness;

I seek Your face unable to see;

I love by choosing What

and Whom I cannot fathom,

spending time with;

feeling only distance.

You are here, yet there is nothing.

Only knowledge and

belief being crowded out

by distraction following distraction

leaving doubt choosing again

the unexperienced

or fading to distractions’ dominance.

I am held in arms I do not feel;

gazed upon by Love incomprehensible;

kissed by lips invisible;

caressed by tenderness unfelt;

consumed by restrained overwhelming passion,

neither seen nor heard nor felt.

Present yet invisible, untouching yet in contact,

God meets me in the stillness of silence.

By Jo Anastasiadis Source SGM Refresh Winter 2012

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The Perfect Cup

The Perfect Cup

it is time for me
to see the flaws
of myself
and stop
being alarmed

it is time for me
to halt my drive
for perfection
and to accept
my blemishes

it is time for me
to receive
slowly evolving growth
the kind that comes
in God’s own good time
and pays no heed
to my panicky pushing

it is time for me
to embrace
my humanness
to love
my incompleteness

it is time for me
to cherish
the unwanted
to welcome
the unknown
to treasure
the unfulfilled

if I wait to be
perfect
before I love myself
I will always be
unsatisfied
and ungrateful

if I wait until
all the flaws, chips,
and cracks disappear
I will be the cup
that stands on the shelf
and is never used

Joyce Rupp

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Our Need For Thee, by Francis of Assisi


Our Need For Thee, by Francis of Assisi

In our ever present need for thee:


Beloved, let us know your peace.

Let us be your instruments that break every shackle, for do not the caged ones weep.

And give us our inheritance of divine love so that we can forgive like you.

And let us be wise, so that we do not wed another’s madness and then make them in debt to us for the deep gash their
helpless raging lance will cause.

Darkness is an unlit wick; it just needs your touch,Beloved, to become a sacred flame.

And what sadness in this world could endure if it looked into your eyes?

God is like a honeybee. He doesn’t mind me calling Him that; for when you are kind—sweet—He nears, and can draw you into Himself.

What is there to understand of each other:if a wand turned the sun into a moon would not the moon mourn the ecstatic effulgence it once was.

We are all in mourning for the experience of our essence we knew and now miss.

Light is the cure, all else a placebo.

Yes, I will console any creature before me that is not laughing or full of passion for their art or life; 

for laughing and passion—
beauty and joy—is our heart’s truth, 
all else is labor and foreign to the soul.

I have stood in His rain and now fill granaries as do the fertile plains; giving is as natural to love as sound from the mouth.

There is a courageous dying, it is called effacement. That holy death unfurls our spirit’s wings and allows us to embrace God even as we stand on the earth.

Francis of Assisi

Question to consider and share a comment here
What phrase of the prayer touched you the most and why?

I sourced this from The Value of Sparrows. Love your work Julia. Follow her on Twitter.

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Arise, I need Christ this Day

One of the great treasures we have is the rich source of prayers written over the centuries. They are time less and relate to today as much as to when they were first written. Perhaps for the next week join with me and pray this prayer from St. Patrick.

Sunrise

Lorica of Saint Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preaching’s of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and a near,
Alone or in a multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.

Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation

St. Patrick (ca. 377)

What happens within you as you pray this prayer? Leave a comment.

Barry Pearman

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A Dangerous Prayer to Pray – Franciscan Benediction

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A dangerous prayer to pray.

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

 May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

 May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection,starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

 And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

(Author unknown)

 

Here is a challenge. Pray this prayer everyday for the next week and post some comments as to how this prayer has changed you.

Barry Pearman

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