Monday, October 27, 2014

Change

I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time - waking and sleeping. It does not change God. It changes me. - C.S. Lewis

(A female figure on one of the older graves at the main cemetery in Frankfurt) 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Joy!

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.



Friday, December 20, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Alleluia!

"And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here." 
 ~ St Augustine

Friday, March 29, 2013

This day; this Friday


Artist: El Greco
Complete truth – for here at the intimate cross is a man in whom there is no falsehood, and God exists completely. And even in this scene, one intuits somehow that life itself emanates from death, and is the reason for the cross. Life you can access.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

There is no spot where God is not

Artist: Ivan Aivazovsky
Image from Wikimedia Commons

I remain ever grateful for the ministry of Richard Rohr:
You cannot not live in the presence of God. You are totally surrounded by God all the time and everywhere. You have no choice in the matter, except to bring it to consciousness. St. Patrick said it well in the prayer attributed to him:
God beneath you,
God in front of you,
God behind you,
God above you,
God within you.  
You cannot earn this God by any practice whatsoever. You cannot prove yourself worthy of this God. Knowing God’s presence is simply a matter of awareness, of fully allowing and enjoying the present moment.
~~~

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A prayer for the New Year


Creator God, When you became one of us in the person of Jesus, we believe that you made the most powerful statement of all time. You speak with deeds -we speak in words. In becoming one of us, you said "If you want to know what I look like in your world, look at people." People are the most profound expression of God in our world of space and time. And so human beings, each in a unique and most precious way -not by what they do or what they say, but simply by their presence - makes a statement unique to him or herself about God.

If this be true, at this, the start of a new year, we ask that we as individuals and as a nation commit ourselves to respecting the God in every human being, no matter how cleverly each has disguised him. Help us so to respect one another that war and violence become as antiquated as dinosaurs. In our highly complicated world, awaken us to the wisdom of the prophet. "There is only one thing God asks of you. This alone, to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God."