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Grant Me, O Lord


Today’s prayer is by Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274), who was a Dominican friar and influential philosopher and theologian in the church.

Grant me, O Lord  my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope  of finally embracing you.  Amen.

11 MAR 2017 1 CHRON 16-11

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Make Me a Tree

Today’s prayer is by John Birch, from the United Kingdom, who has written several books of prayers and studies Celtic prayer.

Make me a tree, Lord
Deep rooted
To those in need,
To those who are weary,
For those who hunger.
Make me a tree, Lord
Deep rooted

10 MAR 2017 ROM 11-16

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Teach Me

Today’s prayer is by Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and Christian theologian. He served as the archbishop of Canterbury from 1093-1109.

O Lord my God.

Teach my heart this day

where and how to find you.


You have made me and re-made me,

and you have bestowed on me

all the good things I possess,

and still I do not know you.

I have not yet done

that for which I was made.


Teach me to seek you,

for I cannot seek you

unless you teach me,

or find you

unless you show yourself to me.


Let me seek you in my desire;

let me desire you in my seeking.

Let me find you by loving you;

let me love you when I find you.

9 MAR 2017 MATTHEW 7-7

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World Peace

Today’s prayer for peace among nations was written by William Temple (1881-1944), a bishop in the Church of England and Archbishop of Canterbury.
O Almighty God,
the Father of all humanity,
turn, we pray, the hearts of all peoples and their rulers,
that by the power of your Holy Spirit
peace may be established among the nations
on the foundation of justice, righteousness and truth;
through him who was lifted up on the cross
to draw all people to himself,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

8 MAR 2017 2 TIM 2-22

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Disturb Us

Today’s prayer was written by Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), an English sea captain and the second sailor to circumnavigate the globe.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.  Amen.

7 MAR 2017 2 COR 3-12

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Today’s meditation was written by Columba (AD 521-597), an Irish abbot and missionary who spread Christianity through Scotland. He founded the Abbey of Iona, which was a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries.

I stand and listen.

In the silence of my heart I can hear his will,

When I listen despairing people flock to me,

They expect that I can see the answers,

They ask my advice, they say I am wise.

I answer that nothing can deceive me,

If I stand alone and silently listen.

For I am but a servant who is guided by his king, when I listen.

Sometimes in a lowly cell in the presence of my God

I stand and listen.


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Christ’s Body

Today’s reflection  is widely attributed to Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), a Spanish Carmelite nun, reformer, theologian and author.

Christ has no body but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are His body.

Christ has no body now but yours.

Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.


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Empty Vessel

Today’s prayer is from Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and leader of the Protestant Reformation.

Look, Lord, on an empty vessel that needs to be filled.
In faith I am weak – strengthen me.
In love I am cold – warm me and make me fervent
   so that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I doubt and am unable to trust you completely.

Lord, strengthen my faith and trust in you.
You are all the treasure I possess.
I am poor, you are rich, and you came to have mercy on the poor.
I am a sinner, you are goodness.
From you I can receive goodness, but I can give you nothing.
Therefore I shall stay with you


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In Silence

Today’s prayer is from Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) and comes from the book No Greater Love. 

We cannot find God in noise and agitation.
Nature: trees, flowers, and grass grow in silence.
The stars, the moon, and the sun move in silence.
What is essential is not what we say
but what God tells us and what He tells others through us.
In silence He listens to us;
in silence He speaks to our souls.
In silence we are granted
the privilege of listening to His voice.

Silence of our eyes.
Silence of our ears.
Silence of our mouths.
Silence of our minds.
…in the silence of the heart
God will speak.


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A Heart for God

Today’s prayer is from Ambrose, a bishop of Milan in the 4th century (339-397).  He contributed to theology and doctrine of the early Christian Church and influenced Augustine of Hippo.

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake, Amen


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