Thursday, March 4, 2021



 Prayer  Fasting   Alms

 This week let's focus on 

 a marvelous way to pray.

Dear All of Us,
So, way back when,
how did you get a start at prayer?
For most of us it was as children,
sharing in our mother's prayer.

As a little boy my Mom

        taught me
The Sign Of The Cross

     "In the name
     of the Father, and
     of the Son, and
     of the Holy Ghost.

    moving the right hand

    to my forehead, then
    to my chest, then
    to my left shoulder, then
    to my right shoulder.

At first Mom said the words.

Soon I joined in with her.
Eventually I was able to go solo.
      I learned to pray
      by at first praying


To this day, and a lot of 
different prayer experiences later,
 I sometimes still pray


Their prayer, their
      Soul Say,
 guides me down
 wondrous, refreshing,
 new paths to the divine.
 It expands my
 spiritual spectrum,
 enables new
 soul sensitivities
 and articulations.

  see, sense, savor, this
          Soul Say

   those of the mystic
     and theologian
      Karl Rahner:

"Only in love can I find you,

           my God.
In love the gates of my soul
        spring open,
  allowing me to breath
  a new air of freedom
 and forget my petty self.
 In love my whole being
        streams forth
out of the rigid confines 
      of narrowness
and anxious self-assertion,
which makes me a prisoner
    of my own poverty
      and emptiness.

In love all the powers
         of my soul
     flow out toward you,
wanting never more to return,
but to lose themselves completely
            in you,
    since by your love
 you are the inmost center
        of my heart,
       closer to me
  than I am to myself.

But when I love you,

   when I manage to break out
    of the narrow circle of self
          and leave behind
         the restless agony
    of unanswered question,
      when my blinded eyes
no longer look merely from afar
       and from the outside
upon your unapproachable brightness,
and much more when you yourself,
     O Incomprehensible One,
    have become through love
    the inmost center of my life,
       then I can bury myself
           entirely in you,
       O mysterious God,
         and with myself
        all my questions."


         What Soul Say!!

         Wish I'd said that,

             prayed that.

      Well, actually, I just did,


      and we all can as well.


         Thanks, Mom!!

         "In the name
       of the Father, and
       of the Son, and
       of the Holy Ghost."

           In the Soul Say,
           in the prayers,


that follow below, please do just that.

       Take time and quiet to 

               Soul Sense

               Soul Say

 them over the next weeks and more.
            Let's all allow for
              Holy Leisure.

     The speed bumps of fast 

will bottom out the peace and joy of

          Slow Soulful Savor.

Like an extraordinary wine,

these prayings are for slow sipping.

             Thank You!!

     Holding you and all of us in

             God's Dear Love,

                John Frank


       For those new here,

please see the information about

       "frankly speaking"

  at the bottom of this posting.





Native American Prayer


O Great Spirit,

  whose breath gives life

         to the world,

 and whose voice is heard

     in the soft breeze;

           We need

 your strength and wisdom.

 Cause us to walk in beauty.

Give us eyes ever to behold

  the red and purple sunset.

        Make us wise

 so that we may understand

   what you have taught us.

   Help us learn the lessons

       you have hidden

   in every leaf and rock.

   Make us always ready

        to come to you

      with clean hands

       and steady eyes,

     so when life fades,

   like the fading sunset,

our spirits may come to you

       without shame.


Mechthild of Magdeberg

O burning Mountain, O chosen Sun,

O perfect Moon, O fathomless Well,

O unattainable Height,

O Clearness beyond measure,

O Wisdom without end,

O Mercy without limit,

O Strength beyond resistance,

O Crown beyond all majesty:

The humblest thing you created

sings your praise. Amen


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        Michael Quoist


Dag Hammarskjold

Thou who art over us,

Thou who are one of us,

Thou who art:

     Give me a pure heart,

     that I may see thee;

     a humble heart,

     that I may hear thee;

     a heart of love,

     that I may serve thee;

     a heart of faith,

     that I may abide in thee.



          Alan Paton

O Lord,

   open my eyes

    that I may see

    the needs of others;

    open my ears

    that I may hear their cries;

    open my heart

    so that they need not

    be without succor;

let me not be afraid

to defend the weak

because of the anger

of the strong,

    nor afraid to defend the poor

   because of the anger of the rich.

Show me where love and hope

   and faith are needed,

   use me to bring them to those places.

And so open my eyes and my ears

   that I may this coming day be able

   to do some work of peace for thee.



   Many find much good in praying 

                 THE PSALM'S


An Affirmation Based on Romans 8: 31-39

We shall not be separated from God's love

that comes to us in Christ Jesus -

       Not by life or death,

       Not by depression's darkness

       nor any addiction's snare,

       Not by an abusive past

       or any co-dependent habits.

We are more than conquerors

because of the power

of God's love for us.

We shall not be separated

from the the love of God

       by a fall from sobriety

       or a failed marriage,

       by painful memories

       or financial disasters,

       by cancer's attack

       or AID's havoc.

God's love is as constant

as the rising sun,

and there is nothing

that can come between us

and God's Love through

Christ Jesus.


A Reflection On Prayer

In my soul there is a temple, a shrine,

a mosque, a church where I kneel.

Prayer should bring us to an altar

where no walls or names exist.

Is there not a region of love where

the sovereignty is illumined nothing,

where ecstasy gets poured into itself

and becomes lost, and where

the wing is fully alive

but has no mind or body?

In my soul there is a temple, a shrine,

a mosque, a church that dissolve,

that dissolve in God.

        Rabia (c. 717-801)


       A Poetic Prayer Pause

This beautiful prayer that follows 

is about aging.

That's one of the things 

I'm about these days.

I am graced by both!!

Please permit me to share a sharing.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

When the signs of age

begin to mark my body

(and still more when

they touch my mind);

when the ill that

is to diminish me

or carry me off

strikes from without

or is born within me;

When the painful moment comes

in which I suddenly awaken

to the fact that I am ill

or growing old;

and above all

at that last moment

when I feel I am

losing hold of myself

and am absolutely passive

within the hands

that have formed me;

in all these dark moments,

          O God,

grant that I may understand

that it is You

(provided my faith

is strong enough)

who are painfully parting

the fibers of my being

in order to penetrate

to the very marrow

of my substance

and bear me away

within Yourself.


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