Prayer and Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary

O most Holy Virgin, he who gives you venerable and glorious titles does not fail to tell the truth; on the contrary, it falls short of your worthiness. Look on us benevolently from heaven! Govern us with peace; guide us, without intimidating us before the judge’s throne; and make us worthy to be seated on his right, to be transported to heaven and to become, … Continue reading Prayer and Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Practicing Presence, Disconnect to Connect

“Where are you?” I looked at my wife and said, “I’m right here.” “No, you’re not,” she said. “You’re a million miles away.” She was right. I was there but I was not present. Most of us, I suspect, have been on both sides of that conversation. We have closed off another and been closed out by another. There is no presence. Presence lies at … Continue reading Practicing Presence, Disconnect to Connect

You are God, Te Deum Laudamus

You are God: we praise you; You are the Lord; we acclaim you; You are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship … Continue reading You are God, Te Deum Laudamus

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Unanswered Prayer? A Sermon on Luke 11:1-13

“One of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’” (From Luke 11:1-13, Proper 12C.) As I recall my own life of prayer, prayers I have heard, and conversations I have had about prayer I can’t help but wonder if the coke machine isn’t our primary teacher of prayer. Think about it. We put in the correct change, make our selection, and get … Continue reading Unanswered Prayer? A Sermon on Luke 11:1-13

For the Life and Salvation of our Souls

You have united, O Lord, your divinity with our humanity and our humanity with your divinity; your life with our mortality and our mortality with your life. You have assumed what is ours, and you have given us what is yours, for the life and salvation of our souls. To you, O Lord, be glory forever.  – From the Maronite Eucharistic liturgy Continue reading For the Life and Salvation of our Souls

Dionysius the Areopagite on Prayer

In followup to yesterday’s post, 7 Thoughts on Prayer, I offer the following from Dionysius the Areopagite, Divine Names, III, 1 (PG 3,680): It may be true that the divine principle is present in every being, but not every being is present in him. We ourselves will come to dwell with him if we call on him with very holy prayers and a tranquil mind. … Continue reading Dionysius the Areopagite on Prayer

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Sacred Monotony, the Season after Pentecost

“Let me check my calendar and I’ll get back with you.” Coordinating calendars has become a regular routine for many, perhaps most, of us. We are scheduled people, busy people. Computers and phones buzz, beep, or ring reminding us of our schedule. They send texts and e-mails telling us where to go, when to be there, and what to do. For the most part things run … Continue reading Sacred Monotony, the Season after Pentecost