>A Lenten Prayer by Ignatius of Loyola

>St. Ignatius of Loyola                                                  Image via WikipediaSoul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Crhist, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Permit me not to be separated from you
From the wicked foe, defend me
At the hour of my death call me home
And bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever, Amen

–Ignatius of Loyola

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>A Prayer For Ash Wednesday

>Ashes imposed on the forehead of a Christian o...Image via WikipediaThis is from Christine Sine.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

All that is not of God must die

God may we repent of ways that do not serve you

And admit to the tensions that tell us where we need to change

Christ is coming walking towards the cross

God may we see him clearly

Pouring out love

Pouring out mercy

Pouring out peace

May we kneel before him in humble adoration

May we take up our  cross and follow

And walk with Christ into the ways of life

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>Check out this Picture for Perspective on Our World

>Click on the Picture for the full image.  The image is from All that Is Interesting.

This Moves Me To Prayer!

Psalm 8:1-4

LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

>Two Difficult Prayers

>Prayer is the languagephoto © 2009 Leland Francisco | more info (via: Wylio)

This is where I am right now. Some difficult reading this afternoon. Some difficult reflection. Not bad. Not bad at all. Just difficult.

First from Brennan Manning:

May all your expectations be frustrated
May all your plans be thwarted
May all your desires be withered into nothingness
that you may experience the powerlessness
and poverty of a child
and sing and dance
in the love of God
who IS
the Father
and Spirit

Second from the Franciscans:

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers,
half truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice,
oppression, and exploitations of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those
who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.