trying to hold on to control

IF
I hold on to choices of any kind,
just because they are my choice;
if I give any room to my private likes and dislikes,
then I know nothing of Calvary Love.

-Amy Carmichael, If

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incarnation

“There is nothing so secular, that is cannot be sacred,

and that is one of the deepest messages of the

Incarnation.”

-Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections of Faith and Art

 

prayer of preparation and penitence

Almighty God
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

come down, o love, divine

Come down, O love divine, seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.

-Bianco of Siena, Come Down, O Love Divine

come, Holy Spirit, come

‘Come with the gift to heal
the wounds of guilt and fear,
And to oppression’s face reveal
The kingdom drawing near.
Where chaos longs to reign,
Descend, O holy Dove,
And free us all to work again
The miracles of love.

Spirit of truth, arise:
Inspire the prophet’s voice:
Expose to scorn the tyrant’s lies,
And bid the poor rejoice.
O Spirit, clear our sight,
All prejudice remove,
And help us to discern the right,
And covet only love.’

-Michael Forster, Come Holy Spirit, Come

the rhythm of our thoughts

“Do not forget Him!

Think of Him often:

adore Him ceaselessly:

live and die with Him.

That is the real business of a Christian; in a word, it is our profession.  If we do not know it we must learn it.”

-Brother Lawrence

calm the sea

God Almighty,

The world is a tempest, raging,
tossing the nations about,
like a ship adrift, far from shore.

In your power, calm the waters,
and hear the call of your people.

Transform the world with your goodness,
and heal the world with your steadfast love.
Let all the rocks cry out, for you are King.
There is no other.

Amen

-Thom Turner at Everyday Liturgy