Category Archives: Times of Thanksgiving

Here I Am, Lord

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Here I am, Lord, before you
just as I am at this moment.
I sit in your presence, Lord, in peace and tranquility.
I am in your presence and allow myself to be
directed by you. I open myself to you who are near.
You are the font of life, the force of life which permeates my very being.
You are my breath which maintains me in existence.
Let peace dwell within me.
Give me the grace to let myself be cleansed by you,
to be a shell filled only with you, my God.
Let all my thoughts and feelings, my will and liberty,
be totally directed to your honor and service.
Amen.
-Unknown

Submitted by: Julie McCourt, Campus Ministry

Also posted in 2011 Prayerbook, Times of Praise | Comments closed

Blessed to the Longing

Blessed to the longing that brought you here
and that quickens your soul with wonder.
May you have the courage to befriend your eternal longing.
May you enjoy the critical and creative companionship
of the question “Who am I?” and
may it brighten your longing.
May a secret Providence guide your thought and
shelter your feeling.
May your mind inhabit your life with the same sureness
with which your body belongs to the world.
May the sense of something absent enlarge your life.
May your soul be as free as the ever-new waves of the sea.
May you succumb to the danger of growth.
May you live in the neighborhood of wonder.
May you belong to love with the wildness of Dance.
May you know that you are ever embraced in the kind circle of God.
(author unknown)
Submitted by: Jeannine De Clue OP, Campus Ministry

Also posted in 2011 Prayerbook, Times of Praise | Comments closed

Daybreaks – Reflections for Advent and Christmas

That I live
That I breathe
That I see and hear, even a little
That I have a heart to feel
A mind to know and remember by,
I thank you most bountiful and close God
Made one with us in Jesus Christ
And present to us
Even in the million ways I forget

John Kavanaugh, S.J., Philosophy

Also posted in 2011 Prayerbook, Special Times of the Year, Times of Praise | Comments closed

Thank God for Dirty Dishes

Thank God for dirty dishes
They have a tale to tell
While other folks go hungry
We’re eating very well.

With home and health and happiness
We shouldn’t want to fuss
For by this stack of evidence
God’s been very good to us.

Submitted by: Tina Saputo-Bolding, SLU Doctors Office Building

Also posted in 2011 Prayerbook, Special Times of the Year, Through All Times, Times Together | Comments closed

Mighty God, Father of All

Compassionate God, Mother of All
Bless every person I have met
Every face I have seen
Every voice I have heard
Especially those most dear
Bless every city, town and street that I have known
Every sight I have seen
Every sound I have heard
Every object I have touched
In some mysterious way these have all fashioned my life
All that I am I have received
Great God, Bless the World!

By: Fr. Jack Morris, SJ (Founder of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps)

Also posted in 2011 Prayerbook, Special Times of the Year, Through All Times, Times of Praise | Comments closed