Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"We live as spiritual men when we live as men seeking God.
If we are to become spiritual, we must remain men.

And if there were not evidence of this everywhere in theology,
the Mystery of the Incarnation itself would be ample proof of it.
Why did Christ become Man if not to save men by uniting them mystically with God
through His own Sacred Humanity?

Jesus lived the ordinary life of His time,
in order to sanctify the ordinary lives of men of all time.

If we want to be spiritual, then, let us first of all live our lives...

Let us embrace reality
and thus find ourselves immersed
in the life-giving will and wisdom of God
which surrounds us everywhere."

-Thomas Merton

Praying to remember that today.

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Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.