Monday, February 24, 2014

.peace of all peace be mine this night.

"At St. John's I discovered the true purpose of vespers, which is to let my body tell me, at the end of a workday, just how tired I am...
[I'd sometimes] recall the maternal mercy of Abba Poemen,
who when he was asked about the problem of monks falling asleep during communal prayers, had said,
'For my part, when I see a brother who is dozing, I put his head on my knees and let him rest.'

Sitting in the choir, in the wooden seats that hadn't seemed so hard at morning prayer, or at noon or at Mass,
I would realize that I'd been running for hours on nervous energy.
Grateful for the quiet flow of vespers that had nudged me into acknowledging my weary state,
I'd become more willing to do what my body asked of me:
let the day suffice,
with all its joys and failings,
its little triumphs and defeats.

I'd happily, if sleepily, welcome evening as a time of rest, and let it slip away, losing nothing."

-Kathleen Norris,

No comments:

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.