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Friday, June 12th, 2015
12:15 pm - When I am Afraid..

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."

[Psalm 56:3]


Monday, November 17th, 2008
11:21 pm - Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light, and where there is sadness, joy...

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
5:12 pm - Hello Everyone!

This is my first post to this comunity and I am not sure if you allow such a thing as an introduction to a new community: Life of Saints

If you do not allow such posts I apologize in advance and do not hesitate to delete this.

I would like to cordially invite anyone who may be interested in posting in this new community as well which is based on the Lives of Saints. Please feel free to share your favorite Saint, your patron Saint, your name given Saint name - if you have one - feel free to tell your friends; I am really looking forward to learning about every one's Saints. I am very open to your suggestions in the creation of this community. I also believe that it is important to remember, relate and learn about the lives of such ex·em·pla·ry people and their lives.

Bright Blessings

"God, be merciful to me, a sinner" (Luke 18:14).


Thursday, September 4th, 2008
10:02 am - Saint Theresa's Prayer

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.


Thursday, August 21st, 2008
1:20 pm - Qu'ranic Supplication for Parents and for Mercy [Prophet Ibrahim / Abraham]

rabanna agfir li wa liwalidayya wa lilmu'mineena yawma yaqumul hisab
Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established.

- Surah Ibrahim (14:41)

[This supplication is a part of a series of supplications made by Prophet Ibrahim (pbh). He had offered this supplication for protection from Hell-fire. This is an extraordinary supplication where Ibrahim (pbh) is not only asking for him and his parents, but for all the believers. This should be an example for us to include other believers in our supplications so that Allah grants His mercy to all. This supplication is not only for the supplicator and his (her) parents but also for the whole believer community. When we all make this supplication, we are in fact seeking protection for each other on the day of Reckoning. ]


Sunday, July 27th, 2008
12:05 pm - 'Round our skiff be God's aboutness

'Round our skiff be God's aboutness
Ere she try the depth of the sea.
Seashell frail for all her stoutness,
Unless Thou her Helmsman be.

-- prayer from the Hebredian Islands off Scotland

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
5:45 pm - Simple Prayers

Among much else of interest, the editors of jn1034 have recently posted an excerpt from Archbishop Paul of Finland on the Jesus Prayer, perfect prayer in the Holy Trinity. Earlier this year they have also posted Three Hearts Three Prayers by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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Friday, November 30th, 2007
8:35 pm

Is this not a holy trinity: the firmament, the earth, our bodies.

And is it not an act of worship to hold a child, and till the soil and lift a cup.

And Communion, first seek that from your lover's soul before anything offered from a priest.

- Meister Eckhart

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Thursday, October 4th, 2007
11:33 am - A prayer of Julian of Norwich

In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss. In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving. You are our mother, brother, and savior. In you, our Lord the Holy Spirity, is marvelous and plenteous grace. You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us. You are our maker, our lover, our keeper. Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.


Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
9:21 pm

Lord, You come and stand among my fears,
speaking peace,
breathing your Spirit.
Meet me in my doubt, fear, and disbelief,
and free me to move with compassion.
Empower me to forgive
in a world where self-seeking and greed erupt in violence and retaliation.
Bless me with your presence,
make your home within me.
Empower me by your Spirit to love as I want to be loved.

Adapted from website: http://www.emu.edu/soulspace/


Friday, June 16th, 2006
9:55 am - Anonymous 8th century, translated from Old Irish:

I arise today

Through the strength of Heaven
Light of sun
Radiance of moon
Splendour of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of the sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me
God's eye to look before me
God's wisdom to guide me
God's way to lie before me
God's shield to protect me
From all who shall wish me ill
Afar and anear
Alone and in a multitude
Against every cruel merciless power
That may oppose my body and soul

Christ with me
Christ before me
Christ behind me
Christ in me
Christ on my right
Christ on my left
Christ when I lie down
Christ when I sit down
Christ when I arise
Christ to shield me

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me

I arise today


Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
5:53 pm

Give us, Lord, a bit o' sun,
A bit o' work and a bit o' fun;
Give us all in the struggle and sputter
Our daily bread and a bit o' butter.

A prayer of English origin, taken from this book. This one very closely fits Meister Eckhart's idea of prayer, which says simply, "If the only prayer you say in your entire life is 'Thank you,' it would suffice."


Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
12:46 pm - Teilhard de chardin SJ; The Making of a Mind

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
___to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
___unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
___that it is made by passing through
___some stages of instability
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
___Your ideas mature gradually -- let them grow,
___let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don't try to force them on
___as though you could do today what time
___(that is to say, grace and circumstance
___acting on your own good will)
___will make you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
___gradually forming in you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing
___that God's hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
___in suspense and incomplete.

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Sunday, September 4th, 2005
5:41 pm - Prayer for all affected by Katrina

Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light.
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

Be present, O God, with those who are discovering that loved ones have died, that homes and jobs are gone. Embrace them in your everlasting arms.

Be present, O God, with those who suffer today in shelters, hot and weary from too little sleep and too much fear. Let them know they are not alone.

Be present, O God, with those who wonder what they will find when they return to homes battered by wind and engulfed by flood. Teach them to hope.

Be present, O God, with those who have not been able to reach loved ones, who are frantic with worry. Offer them consolation.

Be present, O God, with those who have hardly recovered from last year's storms, who are unsure how much they can bear, who yearn only for quiet. Grant them peace.

Be present, O God, with all who respond - mayors, police, firefighters, FEMA employees, Red Cross workers, pastors, church disaster response coordinators. Their work is just beginning, and will not end for many months. Strengthen them for service.

Be present, O God, to each of us as we pray, that distance may not deter us from generous giving and enduring companionship. Help us remember tomorrow, and next week, and next month.

Be present, O God, with all affected by Hurricane Katrina. May Immanuel, God with us, our precious Jesus, take every hand and lead us home. Amen.

Adapted from John Thomas, UCC General Minister and President


Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
11:57 am - Inspiration by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart...Collapse )


Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
3:11 pm

I pray that Theo, my French friend, gets to spend time in England to practise his english in the month of July.


Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
8:42 pm

British elections today - pray for voter's wisdom and selflessness; pray for a party to be elected who can alleviate poverty and suffering nationally and globally. Amen.


Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
8:13 pm - Courtesy of SojoMail

The volume of friendship
by Alex House

Lord, make a factory of peace,
Make more hope,
Hate, the least.
Make war as small as a speck of sand
And terrorism a wick on a candle that burns to ashes.
And make love and peace as big as a skyscraper.
And hope like a mountain that's 1,000 feet tall.
And make the volume of friendship be so loud
It shakes the ground.

Alex House lives in Upton, Massachusetts. He wrote this poem in Sunday school on Feb. 16, 2003, when he was 8 years old.


Saturday, April 2nd, 2005
2:55 pm - For Karol

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Friday, April 1st, 2005
8:27 am - Happy Day of the Fool!

The Sedentary Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know when the best I can do is to stay up watching X-Files reruns with a bucket of KFC, a pint of Haagen Dazs, and a carton of Marlboros.

Courtesy of Sojourners SoJoMail

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