Thursday, August 4, 2022

God of every moment . . .

 

 

G

od 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)

Feast Day August 9

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Stein


Photo by Doris Klein, CSA

For the Gift of Today . . .

 


 
Gracious God,
thank you for the gift of today.
Refresh me . . . Invite me . . .
to discover Your Presence in each person
that I meet, and every event encountered.

Teach me when to speak and when to listen,
when to ponder and when to share.
In moments of challenge and decision attune my
heart to the whisperings of Your Wisdom.

As I undertake ordinary and unnoticed tasks,
gift me with simple Joy.
When my day goes well, may I rejoice!
When it grows difficult
surprise me with new possibilities.

When life is overwhelming
call me to Sabbath moments
to restore Your Peace and Harmony.
May my living today
reveal your goodness.
Amen.
(Author Unknown)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

A Prayer for Tired Spirits . . .




O God, help us to feel you; Help us to know how precious we are to you, that we might become at least half so precious to ourselves. 

Move with us, according to your desire. Ease our hearts, melt our harsh edges so that we might sense how intimate you truly are.

Guide us, God in an ever more complete embrace of you, that we might bear more of your endless embrace of us, and thereby embrace ourselves.

Keep alive within us, O God, your most precious gift to us which is our burning, longing, wordless yearning for you. Grant to us the courage and the vulnerability and the dignity to claim our hunger for you in every moment, celebrating, in each instant the pain and delight of our longing.

Touch us beneath our will, opening us where we cannot open ourselves, healing us where we cannot heal ourselves.

And, in the vibrant mystery of your Spirit within us, accept our eternal gratitude for every act of goodness that comes to us from another, for every nourishing way that souls may touch each other, for every bit of love we share, and for the wonder, the tender laughing touching calling beautiful wonder.

Gerald May
 
 
Photos courtesy of Sister Doris Klein, CSA

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Preaching the Word!

 


Sin of Lying

 

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.


The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. 

He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only 16 chapters. 

I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

"Prayer is never wasted" . . .

 


Once a three year old girl went to the store with her mother who told her, "I can't afford to spend money on chocolate chip cookies, so don't even ask."

She put her daughter in the child's seat of the cart and picked up her groceries. Passing the cookie shelves the child asked, "Mom, may I have some chocolate chip cookies?" She said, "Don't ask." Heading toward the checkout counter she said again, "Please, Mom, just a few?" "No," she replied. Waiting in the checkout line she knew that this was her last chance. She stood up in the cart and called out in her loudest voice, "Please, please, in the name of Jesus, could I have some chocolate chip cookies?" Everyone around laughed, but the mother and child left the store with several gift boxes of chocolate chip cookies.

So, keep on asking and you will receive; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened. (Author unknown)