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Letting Go of the Need for Power [A Prayer]

Amen, Mark Sandlin, Amen!!

Source: Letting Go of the Need for Power [A Prayer]

New Monk – Christine Valters Paintner 

“We are essentially exploring what it means to be a ‘new monk’ – one who lives beyond the monastery walls but brings the gifts and graces of monastic tradition to everyday life. We are also discovering what it is to be a ‘new artist’ – one who seeks to satisfy a deep longing of the soul by making space for the delight and passion of creativity. These two paths meet in several places.”
— Christine Valters Paintner, PhD The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom
In what ways do your ‘inner monk’ and ‘inner artist’ interact with each other and in the world?

Evening Prayer – 22 June 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

My heart is truly full tonight, Lord

Reconnecting with dear friends 

Even though it has been years

Thank you for love and laughter 

Thank you for shared joy and even sorrow

Thank you for walking with us through the Valleys

Thank you for your love which heals and gives hope

Thank you, Lord, for the joy of reunion

Thank you, Lord, for love

And together we lift this nightly prayer

For our families and for this world

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace on Earth 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Evening Prayer – 21 June 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

The longest day of the year has ended

The sun has set on this Solstice 

A full day of visits and prayers and fellowship

Even thought it is a whirlwind of activity and emotion

Your constant presence has blessed, Lord

Thank you for your sustaining Spirit

Thank you for reminders of your Grace

Thank you, Lord, for your Peace

For all of your children, I lift this prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem 

Grant Us Peace 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Giving & Receiving – Jesuit Prayer

2 Cor 9: 6-11

“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
“As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Giving and Receiving
In today’s first reading we are told to be generous, basically “we get what we give.” In Pope Francis’s Joy of the Gospel he makes a comment that we are not to live and act as “sour-pusses,” but to be confident that God’s grace is with us for any task at hand.
We only get out of life what we are willing to put into it. Children are often more entertained with the container/box than the item inside. I volunteer in a women’s shelter, where each family lives in one room. I leave each week amazed at how lovingly the kids and moms interact with one another. What little they have is willingly and lovingly shared. To me each week the lesson learned about, “what we sow we reap,” is seen as the many women who once lived in this shelter come back to volunteer and support our projects. The stranger we are afraid to meet can often bring us the most love.
—Camille Devaney serves as Board chair for the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP).  
Prayer  
Much is expected from those to whom much has been given.—Luke 12:49

Evening Prayer – 20 June 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

A long day of travel

A wonderful evening with family

A time to explore and to contemplate 

In the midst of it all, a pause for prayer

For those who are mourning

May they find comfort, Lord

For those who are ill

May they find healing, Lord

For those who are lonely and afraid

May they feel your comforting presence, Lord

For those who feel hopeless

May they be embraced in your love, Lord

For all of your children, Lord, we lift this prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace on Earth 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Verse & Voice – Sojourners

verse of the dayWho is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. – James 3:13

voice of the day

My soul has grown over the years, and some of my views have changed. As long as I am alive, I will continue to try to understand more, because the work of the heart is never done. – Muhammad Ali

prayer of the day

God, make us bold enough to question tyranny, impassioned enough to submit ourselves to good teachers, and discerning enough to know when it is our turn to lead. – Common Prayer