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A PRAYER FOR STILLNESS

Posted: September 26, 2017 by CatholicJules in Prayers

A wonderful and deeply moving prayer by Fr Ron which should be prayed often….

Fr RON ROLHEISER,OMI

A PRAYER FOR STILLNESS
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than done. As Blaise Pascal once stated, “All the miseries of the human person come from the fact that no one can sit still for one hour.” Achieving stillness seems beyond us and this leaves us with a certain dilemma, we need stillness to find God, but we need God’s help to find stillness. With this in mind, I offer a prayer for stillness.

God of stillness and of quiet …

Still the restlessness of my youth: still that hunger that would have me be everywhere, that hunger to be connected to everyone, that wants to see and taste all that is, that robs me of peace on a Friday night. Quiet those grandiose dreams that want me to stand out, to be special. Give me the grace to live more contentedly inside my own skin.

Still the fever I inhale from all the energy that surrounds me, that makes my life feel small. Let me know that my own life is enough, that I need not make an assertion of myself, even as the whole world beckons this of me from a million electronic screens. Give me the grace to sit at peace inside my own life.

Still my sexuality, order my promiscuous desires, my lusts, my polymorphous aching, my relentless need for more intimacy. Quiet and order my earthy desires without taking them away. Give me the grace to see others without a selfish sexual color.

Still my anxiety, my heartaches, my worries, and stop me from always being outside the present moment. Let each day’s worries be sufficient onto themselves. Give me the grace to know that you have pronounced my name in love, that my name written in heaven, that I am free to live without anxiety.

Still my unrelenting need to be busy all the time, to occupy myself, to be always planning for tomorrow, to fill every minute with some activity, to seek distraction rather than quiet. Give me themes with age. Soothe the unacknowledged anger I feel from not achieving much of what I’ve wanted in life, the failure that I feel in the face of all that I’ve left untried and unfinished.

Still in me the bitterness that comes from failure. Save me from the jealousy that comes unbidden as I begrudgingly accept the limits of my life. Give me the grace to accept what circumstance and failure have dealt me. Still in me the fear of my own shadow, the fear I feel in the face of the powerful, dark forces that unconsciously threaten me. Give me the courage to face my darkness as well as my luminosity. Give me the grace to not be fearful before my own complexity.

Still in me the congenital fear that I’m unloved, that I’m unlovable, that love has to be earned, that I need to be more worthy. Silence in me the nagging suspicion that I’m forever missing out, that I’m odd, an outsider, that things are unfair, and that I’m not being respected and recognized for who I am. Give me the grace to know that I’m a beloved child of a God whose love need not be earned.

Still in me my false fear of you, my propensity for a misguided piety, my need to treat you like a distant and feared dignitary rather than as a warm friend. Give me the grace to relate to you in a robust way, as a trusted friend with whom I can jest, wrestle, and relate to in humor and intimacy.

Still my unforgiving thoughts, the grudges I nurse from my past, from the betrayals I’ve suffered, from the negativity and abuses I’ve been subject to. Quiet in me the guilt I carry from my own betrayals.

Still in me all that’s wounded, unresolved, bitter, and unforgiving. Give the quiet that comes from forgiveness.

Still in me my doubts, my anxieties about your existence, about your concern, and about your fidelity. Calm inside me the compulsion to leave a mark, to plant a tree, to have a child, to write a book, to create some form of immortality for myself. Give me the grace to trust, even in darkness and doubt, that you will give me immortality.

Still my heart so that I may know that you are God, that I may know that you create and sustain my every breath, that you breathe the whole universe into existence every second, that everyone, myself no less than everyone else, is your beloved, that you want our lives to flourish, that you desire our happiness, that nothing falls outside your love and care, and that everything and everybody is safe in your gentle, caring hands, in this world and the next.

Let us pray… 

Posted: June 5, 2017 by CatholicJules in Prayers

  • For the fallen victims and their families, from attacks against humanity around the world. May our Lord embrace them all in His peace and love. May our Blessed Mother comfort the families in their hour of need. And together with her continue to intercede for them. Amen

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 8:38-39

Community Praise and Worship 

Posted: April 21, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Prayers

This morning I met someone who shared her difficulty in attending a community praise, worship and adoration session. She is not alone for many struggle with it too. 
Instead of going through scripture to show how praise and worship, even raising hands has been there from the very beginning. I simply asked her to reflect on two questions. 
If we believe that we are one body in Christ how would One body praise and worship Him? 
My second question what would an expression of I worship, praise, love You with all my heart, all my strength and soul look like? 

(And no I am not suggesting that we praise and worship Jesus in a conformed or fixed manner.) 

As I kneel before you Lord

Posted: March 6, 2016 by CatholicJules in Prayers

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I pray to remain steadfast in my faith and love for You.
I pray for strength and courage to do what You Will me to.
I pray for Your peace to reign in the world.
Bless my family, friends and enemies. Amen

In Adoration…

Posted: May 23, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections, Prayers

During Adoration this prayer came to me and I was filled with His love ….

Let me kneel before You Lord till I can kneel no more.
Let me raise my hands in worship till I can raise them no more.
Let me praise You with every part of my being till I can do so no more.
Let my lips bring You glory by my testimonies and thanksgiving till I can speak no more.
Let my life which began in You end in You.  Now and forever… Amen

Let us pray…

Posted: April 18, 2014 by CatholicJules in Memory Book, Prayers

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Let us pray..

Jesus, I see you naked, bloody, suffering terribly. You cry out in pain and agony. I hear you say, “I thirst.” I feel helpless because I don’t know what you mean. How do you want me to alleviate your thirst? I need help getting in touch with my own thirst—a thirst that I unconsciously fill with so many distractions that leave me unsatisfied. I thirst. I thirst. I thirst. I know most of all, Lord, that I thirst for love. Could that be what you ultimately thirst for, too? Then help me fall in love with you. Amen.

Let us pray…

Posted: September 8, 2013 by CatholicJules in Prayers

Let us pray….

Lord help me to stop looking only at the faults of others, Instead let me look at them as opportunities to pray for them. Over time and through personal reflection, if the faults I once saw were indeed in need of correction. Counsel and guide me Lord according to Your Will, that I may bring Your truth to them in love and charity in Your time. In Your most precious name Jesus, my Lord, my God. Amen