August 15, 2012

He Holds All Things Together

Posted in New Testament tagged , , , , , , at 5:00 am by arthur

The Son is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers
or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 1:15-17

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August 14, 2012

Contentment

Posted in prayers i made up tagged , , , , at 5:00 am by arthur

I have enough today-
I need not strive to make things happen
I need not sit passively and do nothing

I am content
in all circumstances
because I have You.

You are all I want
You are all I need

Growing in me:
love
joy
peace
patience
kindness
goodness
faithfulness
gentleness
self-control

this is the good life,
life as it is meant to be
and I am content
with You.

Amen.

August 13, 2012

Draw Close to God

Posted in breath prayers, prayers from the Bible tagged , , , , at 5:00 am by arthur

Draw close to God

and God will draw close to you.

(James 4:8)

August 3, 2012

Prayer of Saint Boniface

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers at 3:21 pm by davebayne

Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

July 27, 2012

Fall In Love

Posted in Ignatian Prayers at 5:20 am by davebayne

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
~ Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (1907-1991)

Taken from:
http://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/Ignatian-Prayers.cfm

July 20, 2012

Take, Lord, and Receive ~ St. Ignatius Prayer

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Ignatian Prayers at 3:34 pm by davebayne

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.
~ Saint Ignatius of Loyola

July 16, 2012

Prayer = Holding Hands

Posted in prayers i made up tagged , , at 5:00 am by arthur

I hold in my hand
a concern
a joy
a question
a frustration
a relationship
a decision

Put your hand with mine
and we’ll hold it together

Amen.

July 13, 2012

Ignatian First Principle and Foundation

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Ignatian Prayers at 2:41 am by davebayne

(Paraphrased by David L. Fleming, S.J.)
St. Ignatius begins his Spiritual Exercises with The First Principle and Foundation.

The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God’s life
to flow into us without limit.

All the things in this world are gifts from God,
Presented to us so that we can know God more easily
and make a return of love more readily.
As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God
Insofar as they help us to develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
They displace God
And so hinder our growth toward our goal.

In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
Before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
And are not bound by some obligation.
We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
Wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
A deeper response to our life in God.

Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
I want and I choose what better leads
To God’s deepening his life in me.

July 11, 2012

Prayer of Saint Benedict ~ A Spirit to Know You

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Benedictine Prayers, Classic Prayers at 4:52 am by davebayne

Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.

Grant me a perfect end,
your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection
and life everlasting.

Amen.

July 6, 2012

A Prayer for Spiritual Freedom

Posted in Classic Prayers, Ignatian Prayers at 4:02 am by davebayne

Spirit of God, we ask you to help orient
all our actions by your inspirations,
carry them on by your gracious assistance,
that every prayer and work of ours
may always begin from you
and through you be happily ended.

This prayer is frequently used by Jesuits to begin classes and meetings.

Taken from: Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, edited by Michael Harter, SJ.

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