Posts Tagged ‘the world’

PrayerThe pull of the sensual is strong, my Lord. The pull of the world is overwhelming.

Pull harder, Lord. Pull me toward you. Don’t wait for me to accept your Grace. Hit me over the head with it if you have to.

It is impossible to understand this: I have an immense attraction for the world, and a simultaneous aversion to it. I want it terribly, and I hate the wanting. Because I know that it is empty, that it cannot give me one iota of happiness.

But the mind is a restless, treacherous rascal. He will lead me astray by any means possible. And he loves the world, loves it so dearly. All the ups and downs, wins and losses, joys and sorrows. He loves the whole stupid mess of it.

Don’t ask me to train him, Lord. Don’t be that demanding. You’re the only one he’ll obey. You set him straight, Lord. You put him on the right path and keep him there.

I’ll sit here and watch, admiring your artistry.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.


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Church at St. Meinrad ArchabbeyLord, your glories are innumerable, and the wonders of your world are spectacular and endless.

But wonderful as is your creation let me not be taken in by it, but rather find you enshrined in the hearts of all.

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Divine Demands

Divine Father, listen to your child now.

The world is ripped apart by war and injustice. Your children suffer all the time. We hate one another, manipulate each other, abuse those weaker than ourselves and neglect those who desperately need us. We are cold, wrathful and selfish, blind to the damage we do. In ignorance we suffer and bring suffering to each other.

If we could only know the divine spark inherent in each of us, if we could see the holiness at the core of each person, we would never strike another blow, nor even speak another harsh word. From whence comes this ignorance, none can say.

But all the saints of the world tell us that through your grace the ignorance can be dispelled. With the light of your love, the darkness of life may be banished forever.

Then why do you wait, Father? Are we your step-children that you should be at all distant from us? We are conceived in you, born of you and live in you. If you do not care for us, who will?

I will not sit by, Father. We are your very own. You must give us the grace of knowledge. You must enlighten our hearts. Who else can do it? Who else is responsible for us but you?

There us no use in arguing the point. I have won the debate the moment I called you “Father.”

As we love you and as you love us, give us peace this very moment, now and forever.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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