Friday, August 26, 2016

Care of Creation Prayer Day ~ September 1st

A Prayer for our Earth
By Pope Francis*

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Photo by Doris Klein, CSA
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace .

Photo by Joan F.

* Pope Francis published this prayer in his Laudato Si’ encyclical, 

and is meant for sharing
with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator .

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Holy Wonder!

The Spirit of God is Always with Us at This Time, in This Place
We awaken in our time to a Universe which is holy,
to creation which is not an event in the past, but a living event of the present.
We enter a new mode of human presence where we are not merely observers,
but where each of us is a participant in this moment of evolution.

Like all other creatures, we carry with us Wisdom and Values,
the dynamics of the Universe. But unlike other creatures, we must choose whether 
and how we will live in harmony within this sacred web of creation. May we be open to the Source of All Being, Our God within and among us!

We have the capacity to wonder,
and to celebrate this great mystery of existence within such a magnificent Universe!  
In us the Universe enters into a great celebration of itself.
We are part of the Dance, the Great Work, the Great liturgy which is the Universe unfolding.

Glory to You, O God, Source of All Being!
This great Liturgy finds expression at this moment in us,
gathered here in a posture of prayerful openness, with listening hearts, loving spirits and a holy wonder.

May the sacred web that unites us with each other, our God and all creation,
ignite communities of light and hope throughout the Earth.
May we be open to the Source of All Being, Our God within and among us!


 Together We Pray:
 O Gracious, gentle Spirit of Love,
 Your energy permeates the Universe,
 Igniting Earth with
 Your Goodness, Truth and Beauty.
 Open our minds and hearts
 To a deeper awareness
 Of our interconnectedness with You,
 Each other and all creation.
May we experience
 Your unique presence
 Within the sacred web of creation.
-Author Unknown


Easing and Ceasing

Softening the Soul (by Robert J. Wicks)

 Lighting a candle
 in a dark room
 is a small gentle act of peace.
 When the match touches the wick,
 time slows down
 and the race to the future ceases.
 Worries are consumed
 anxiety burns out
 and I sigh deeply.
 Watching the flickering light
 is a graceful prayer
 which eases my stress and lessens my strain.
 Finally when the flame goes out
 I turn quietly back,
 to the events of the day . . .
 And find everything changed because of the time
 I sat softening my soul candlelight.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

"You-niquely" You!

Be Yourself,
Everyone Else is Already Taken
Oscar Wilde
Bronze statue, Viterbo University Campus, La Crosse, WI

"The Dancing Francis"

Friday, August 19, 2016

Welcoming In and Letting Go . . .

Photo by: JL, SP

The Welcoming Prayer (by Father Thomas Keating)

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it's for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem,
approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and
God's action within. Amen.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Faith is . . .

Faith is risking what is for what is yet to be.
It is taking small steps knowing they lead to bigger ones.
Faith is holding on when you want to let go.
It is letting go when you want to hold on.
Faith is saying YES when everything else says NO.
It is believing all things are possible in the midst of impossibilities.
Faith is looking beyond what is and trusting for what will be.
        It is the presence of light in darkness, the presence of God in all.        
 Ellen M. Cuomo


Monday, August 15, 2016

Resting in God . . .


God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course, under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. 
And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, . . . just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with God.Then you will be able to rest in God ~ really rest ~ and start the next day as a new life.
   St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross (Edith Stein)