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Evening Prayer – 17 January 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a long and emotionally draining day, Lord

Walking through so many Valleys of the Shadows

Watching those you love slip into darkness

Walking with parishioners and friends

Walking with family

Remembering those who have escaped this physical sphere

Yet also celebrating friendships

Celebrating relationships

Celebrating the light of Your Love

In your mercy, Lord, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Evening Prayer – 16 January 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a long day of traveling

It has also been an emotional day

As we walk through the Valley of the Shadows

As we wonder and pray and seek your guidance

Lord, in your mercy, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Poetry – Christine Valters Paintner

“Poetry has a way of expressing things of the heart so beautifully, of holding the paradox of life and inviting us into a contemplation of the mysteries. When discerning how your own soul is unfolding, keep an ear attuned to poetry or other words that seem to call you to a deepened sense of yourself and of the divine presence in the midst of your listening.”

 — Christine Valters Paintner, PhD The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred

Evening Prayer – 15 January 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A long day of travel

Yet also a wonderful time of fellowship

Thankful for safe arrival

Thankful for those who sadly work without pay

Thankful for their great spirits

Thankful for a night’s lodging and peace

Now, as my eyelids grow heavy

I lift this humble prayer to you, Lord

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Ignatian Wisdom – Christine Valters Paintner

“One of the great elements of wisdom we have inherited from St. Ignatius of Loyola, that sixteenth-century Spanish soldier-turned-mystic, is the fundamental belief that our deepest desires have been planted there by God. Sounds simple, right? We just follow those deep desires, and we follow our call in the world. Except that, as human beings, we seem to have all kinds of ingrained mechanisms to get in our own way.”

 — Christine Valters Paintner, PhD The Wisdom of the Body: A Contemplative Journey to Wholeness for Women

Evening Prayer – 14 January 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

Even though the temperatures are bitterly cold

The warmth of your love shines like the sun

You call us to love and to serve you

We do so by loving and serving ALL of your children

Where some scream about walls and hatred

We are called to tear down walls and build bridges

Where some declare they are superior

We are called to humbly serve

Where some condemn with self-righteous indignation

We are called to love and to forgive

Where some beat the war drums of bigotry and false nationalism

We are called to be instruments of your peace

For this nation and this world, we lift this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace on Earth

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Steadying the Ship

Well said, Ronnie!

Ronnie McBrayer

jeremy-bishop-351656-unsplashThere is a long honored Zen story about a man riding a speeding horse. As horse and rider gallop dangerous close to a small group of travelers along the same road, a man nearly trampled calls out to the rider, “Where are you going in such a hurry?” The man on horseback desperately answers over his shoulder, “I don’t know! You will have to ask the horse!”  

The state of affairs for that rider is exactly as it is for most of us. While in the saddle, we have no command over our direction or destination. “We are riding horses we cannot control,” Buddhist teacher Thích Nhất Hanh observed about this story.

But the truth of the matter is, there is little control to be had – over horses – over anything. It is a false notion to think that we can exert our will over our circumstances. Oh…

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