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Evening Prayer – 20 September 2018

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

An incredibly early rise yesterday

Plus a very long and exhausting day

Led to no written prayer last night

Today with sleep and time spent with my Dad

A written prayer arises

Lord, in the ups and downs of health scares

In the ups and downs of aging

In the midst of it all, you are our constant presence

Lord, watch over our Dad’s in Alabama and Minnesota

Walk with them through the struggles

Walk with them through the Valley of the Shadows

Walk with us as we support, comfort, and encourage them

In all these things we ask your presence and lift this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Evening Prayer – 18 September 2018

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A long day of contemplation and preparation

A time with dear ones as they walk through the Valley of the Shadows

A time with dear ones who recover from surgery

A time with a wonderful staff in ministry

Time spent in your creation this evening

Time spent with new friends

As we prepare for a very short night of sleep

As we prepare for a day of travel tomorrow

Lord, in your mercy, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

September Poem #18

An evening smile even though I can completely relate to the madness 😉

like mercury colliding...

crickets
nighttime crooners
fill the darkness with music
but a single cricket’s chirpingo
in a house…maddening

~kat

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Peacemaking

Peacemaking begins with seeing, seeing what is really going on around us, seeing ourselves in relation to the world we are a part of, seeing our lives in the light of the kingdom of God, seeing those who suffer, and seeing the image of God not only in friends but in enemies. What we see and what we fail to see define who we are and how we live our lives. — Jim Forest remembering Thomas Merton’s guidance during a retreat with Daniel Berrigan and other leaders of Catholic Peace Fellowship in his book At Play in the Lions’ Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan

Verse and Voice – Sojourners – 18 September 2018

verse of the day

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.

– Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

voice of the day

Just as one moment can bring despair, it can also lead to a powerful new beginning. A different life. A dream for moving onward and upward rather than backward.

– Diane Guerrero

prayer of the day

Lord, in seasons of change and transition draw us near. Still our racing hearts and minds and help us to remember that in these moments of uncertainty that you go before us. Amen.

Evening Prayer – 17 September 2018

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

Yea though we walk through the Valley of the Shadows

We will fear no evil for you are with us

Another difficult day, Lord

Yet also a day to walk a sacred journey with dear friends

My heart is tired and my spirit, exhausted

In your mercy, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Hildegard of Bingen: A Sonnet

Beautiful ❤️❤️

Malcolm Guite

Tending the tree of Life by Hildegard of Bingen Tending the tree of Life by Hildegard of Bingen

The 17th of September is the feast day of Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, a remarkable and prophetic woman, who described herself as ‘a feather on the breath of God’, and whose many works in theology, music, visual art, poetry and drama are still inspiring people today. Indeed she is coming more and more into her own, as one of her key ideas ‘Viriditas’, or the greening and life-renewing work of the Holy Spirit, seems especially apposite for our time. See this page on her by a contemporary Benedictine.

The photo below is by Margot Krebs Neale

I wrote this sonnet at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire. It is published in my second volume of poetry The Singing Bowl, Canterbury Press,  available on Amazon in both the US and the UK

As always you can hear the sonnet by clicking…

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