Give yourself time to make a prayer that will become the prayer of your soul. Listen to the voices of longing in your soul. Listen to your hungers. Give attention to the unexpected that lives around the rim of your life. Listen to your memory and to the in rush of your future, to the voices of those near you and those you have lost. Out of all of that attention to your soul, make a prayer that is big enough for your wild soul, yet tender enough for your shy and awkward vulnerability; that has enough healing to gain the ointment of divine forgiveness for your wounds; enough truth and vigour to challenge your blindness and complacency; enough graciousness and vision to mirror your immortal beauty. Write a prayer that is worthy of the destiny to which you have been called.
Quote: John O’Donohue
Excerpt from ETERNAL ECHOES
Photo: Ann Cahill
Make me an instrument of gratefulness.
Guide me to the way of mercy and love that leads to peace;
That I may guide others to abundant life.
For the sake of healing my own heart and healing the world.
Quote: Diana Butler Bass
Image: French Broad River, Hot Springs NC
We should seek not so much to pray
but to become prayer.
Francis of Assisi
As we move through this week carrying shock from the weekend events in Las Vegas, many questions are asked – how do we share this deep grief of the loss and pain suffered, why would this happen, what can we do to make certain this does not happen again?
How do we pray? What can we do? Change – takes time and great patience. Each small step builds toward making a larger impact.
St. Francis offers some insight. May our prayer be woven within our actions. May our actions be led by prayer.
“One can’t believe impossible things,” Alice said. “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Quote: LEWIS CARROLL
A Network of Grateful Living