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Evening Prayer – 23 May 2021

May 23, 2021
Tonight’s 91.5% Waxing Gibbous Moon

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

On Pentecost the Spirit equipped the disciples

On Pentecost the church continues to be challenged

Spirit bring us a fresh, new perspective on selfless discipleship

Help us to live into the command of Jesus

Help us to be loving

Help us to think beyond ourselves

Help us to consider the most vulnerable first

Help us to love You and one another

After all, in the words of Thomas Merton—Love is everything**

Now as my eyelids grow heavy

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

**Audio recording of Thomas Merton from the film, Day of a Stranger, directed by Cassidy Hall —

  1. Thanks for including a link to the video, Michael. I watched the preview and was happily surprised to hear Blues music, by Jimmy Smith, playing during the last recording of it. It never occurred to me that a monk would be listening to the Blues and it makes me understand why you speak of Merton as you do- as a friend; he might have been a monk, but he remained in touch with the world. It makes him seem approachable to me.

    • Merton enjoyed the blues, jazz, and bourbon! He also had a connection with Bob Dylan through their mutual friend, Joan Baez. Joan was able to visit Merton at Gethesemani but there was never an opportunity for him to meet Dylan.

    • Cassidy Hall has also become a friend through the wonders of blogging, the Merton Society, and a mutual friend.

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