Prayer and Poetry for Sunday morning

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alms for the poor

Nothing could more surely convince me of God’s unending mercy, than the continued existence on earth of the church.

– Annie Dillard


Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.
Not many of you were wise by human standards,
not many were powerful,
not many were of noble birth.
Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,
and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,
those who count for nothing,
to reduce to nothing those who are something,
so that no human being might boast before God.
It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,
who became for us wisdom from God,
as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,
so that, as it is written,
“Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”

-1 Cor. 1:26-31


God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh. In other words, there is a rhythm at the back of things, and in the beginning of the nature of the universes; and there must be something of the same kind in the social and secular manifestations of the world. Men are not happy if things all look the same . . . If men have nothing but endless series of days which look alike, it would matter little whether they were days of leisure or labor. They would not give that practical sense of something achieved, or at least of something measured; of the image of God resting on the seventh day. It is a psychological fact that such monotomy would take on the character of insanity . . . Men have always known this by instinct.

– G.K. Chesterton

Bishops prostrate themselves

When I was at the end of my rope, the people of St. Andrew tied a knot in it for me and helped my hold on. The church became my home in the old meaning of HOME – that is where, when you show up, they have to let you in. They let me in. They even said, “You come back now.”

–Anne Lamott


Abba Poem said concerning Abba Pior that every day he made a new beginning.

– Sayings of the Desert Fathers 4th c.



Sunday is time not only for relaxing but for literally regenerating our culture.

– William C. McCready


With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give him my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

– Micah 6:6-8


I believe God is now, was then, and will always be.

– Duke Ellington

It is not you that sings, it is the church that is singing, and you as a member . . . may share in its song.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God in heaven, let me really feel my nothingness, not in order to despair over it, but in order to feel the more powerfully the greatness of your goodness.

– Soren Kierkegaard


Go forth, glorifying God with your lives.

– the final blessing at Mass


Once the assembly disperses, Christ’s disciples return to their everyday surroundings with the commitment to make their whole life a gift, a spiritual sacrifice pleasing to God (Romans 12:1).

– Pope St. John Paul II


When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”
 – Mt. 5:1-12


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