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Evening Prayer – 22 February 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

At the end of the day, we give you thanks, O Lord

For your presence

For your guidance

Grant Us a restful night

May we be refreshed for the morrow

Dona Nobis Pacem 

Grant Us Peace 
A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Evening Prayer – 21 February 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

As we prepare for sleep tonight 

Lord, we lift this simple prayer to you 

For those who are in need of your comfort

For those who are in need of your healing balm 

For those who are fearful and concerned

For those who stand at a crossroads

For those who live in the midst of violence 

For those who are scared and alone

For all of your children, Lord

We lift this humble prayer 

Dona Nobis Pacem 

Grant Us Peace 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

worship: why silence might be one of the best ways to pray

Out of such silence (groans too deep for words) came my call to the ministry as a Chaplain. Likewise in 2010, came my “re-call” to ministry post Air Force! Thanks for sharing, Joy ❤❤

Poetry Joy

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Do words fail you sometimes? Maybe get stuck on the tongue, swallowed back like tears? We think language should be simple, just one person conversing with another, as easy as breathing, fluid as air.

But there are moments when we don’t know quite what to say to one another, never mind speak to God. Prayer can stall into silence. This may seem like we’re not praying at all, but I think silence is actually one of the deepest mediums for prayer and a great way to align ourselves with the divine.

During times when our words are stilled, we find other ways to communicate with God. Tears and inaudible, deep-seated groans of the soul still rise as incense before Him. Silence makes space for restful, worshipful contemplation.

There is no language, no tongue, no hindrance to communication with God. Our very posture speaks volumes to Him, as does our…

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Our Journey With Jesus – The Jesuits

Our Journey with Jesus

We are quickly approaching Lent—a time to reflect on our lives and how to reform them to live more like Jesus. Many times, this interior reflection will take us to places we don’t want to advertise to the world. In today’s gospel, too, Jesus wanted to get away from the crowds because he knew of the horrible things that were going to happen to him. Imagine the anguish he must have felt and the need to confide with his close friends.
As we approach Lent, let us journey with Jesus as a friend and share in confidence those things that we need to confide, trusting that he loves those parts too.
—James Antonio, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Oregon Province, is currently studying philosophy at St. Louis University. He lives at the Bellarmine House of Studies in St. Louis.

Prayer

Jesus my Savior, stir up in my heart the desire to walk always in your footsteps.
May everything I accomplish today begin with your grace, always for your greater honor and glory. Amen.

From jesuitprayer.org

Evening Prayer – 20 February 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

On days like today we give thanks for friends

We give thanks for brief times of respite

We give thanks for ministry opportunities 

May you guide us as we continue to serve

May your light shine in the midst of all storms

For those who work or watch or weep this night, O Lord

May your presence encourage and sustain

Lord, Grant Us a restful night

That we may be refreshed and renewed

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer 

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

“Nones” and “Dones”

Wise words from Ronnie!

Ronnie McBrayer

noneA new religious group of Americans has emerged in recent years. It is called the “Nones,” not to be confused with habit-wearing “nuns,” of course. These “Nones” are those with no religious affiliation. When surveyed or asked about their religion, they answer, “None.”

According to Gallup, this is the fastest growing “religious” group, reaching almost a quarter of the U.S. population. This has caused a great deal of hand-wringing in Christian circles in regards to the future, and no small amount of ink has been spilt in its analysis. Such analysis is proper, calling all thoughtful leaders of faith to reflection. However, for me, I am more concerned with another group: The “Dones.”

These people used to go to church or some other house of worship. Maybe they were even leaders in a congregation, and never imagined life on the “outside” of institutional faith. But now they have checked out…

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Evening Prayer – 19 February 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

A long day of work, fellowship, and finally rest

The peace of all peace is ours this night

Longing for deep sleep and renewed energy for the morrow

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra 

Grant Us Peace on Earth 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…