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Evening Prayer and a Reflection – 1 June 2020

June 2, 2020

The sun has set and the Vesper lights flicker and glow

It has been an amazingly long day, Lord

It is after midnight and we are still working

As the sun set and the moon and the stars came out

I thought of Thomas Merton and his reflection on the Fire Watch. The Fire Watch was the responsibly of one of the monks. They would make their way around the monastery and the grounds ensuring that all fires were out and the brothers were safe.

In the middle of the night when all is dark the Spirit often whispers her wisdom and guidance to those who are keeping the night watch. Merton recognized that when he penned the following words.

O God, my God, the night has values that day has never dreamed of. All things stir by night, waking or sleeping, conscious of the nearness of their ruin. (The Sign of Jonas, p. 355-356)

Stir within us this night the desire to follow you, Lord.

Stir within us this night the desire to walk through the flames of hatred and ignorance.

Stir within us the energy to walk with our sisters and brothers of color.

Stir within us the ability to listen and keep our mouths shut.

Stir within all of us the desire to make a better today.

Stir within all of us the desire to bring Justice, Peace, and Hope to this fallen world.

Lord in your mercy, hear this humble prayer.

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace On Earth

A wee prayer and reflection from your Padre…

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