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Tag Archive for ‘prayer’

A Devotional: Praying for Our Enemies

Praying for Your Enemies Attending Daily Mass recently, I listened to the Gospel and heard a homily about forgiving and loving our enemies. I have heard many homilies on the subject but his time the words I heard inspired me to think harder and pray more on the topic. The topic of understanding what it […]

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Williams’s heart felt prayer

Well it was quite a morning with William, for you never know what to expect when it comes to taking care of his nursing needs. As his disease progresses, his symptoms will of course become more pronounced and painful for all involved. This morning while cleaning him, or perhaps ‘attempting’ is the better word, he […]

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The Kingdom Within

The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Savior, does not come for all to see; nor shall they say: Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is; but the kingdom of God is within us, for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart. […]

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Pray with the heart

“Therefore, my children, pray, pray, pray, with the heart, pray with love, pray with good works. Pray so that the world will change, that the world will be saved. With love live the words of my Son. Do not judge, instead love one another so that my heart will triumph. Thank you”. Our Lady of Medjugorje […]

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A canticle a day

Let the ancient words of Mary, Zechariah, or Simeon leave their mark on your heart. One of the most valuable experiences from my boarding school days—and one that has remained with me—is the habit of formal prayer. I remember praying the Nunc Dimittis at night prayer in the quiet of my high school chapel: “Now […]

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Prayer, self-knowledge, and union with others

Self-knowledge and humility go hand in hand and necessary if one’s prayer is to take fruit. Putting on the ‘Mind of Christ’ can be at times arduous, yet it also leads to great joy. People who take their relationship with God seriously know that when speaking of prayer it has different shades of meaning. Prayer if […]

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In the midst of chaos and pain, the Lord is our refuge

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.—Ps 16: 1-2 One way of learning about oneself on a deeper level, is to pay attention to the stream of conscious thoughts that goes through the mind just before […]

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The prayer journey

Whose wounds do we bear?  Do we bear the wounds of Christ?  Or does Christ bear our wounds? When I was a very young monk, just 23 and in the Monastery for only a year, we had a reading one day at our midday office by Thomas Merton that blind-sighted me and created a great […]

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A Prayer for Guidance

O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet […]

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Just Life

For to pray is to take root deeply in the ‘Living Water’ allowing mercy and grace to heal and wash us clean in the midst of ‘just life’. Here is the September 25, 2016, message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace, given through Marija: “Dear children! Today, I am calling you to prayer. May prayer […]

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