Lord, I Cry to You All the Day Long: A Prayer of Hope and God’s Mercy

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“Turn Your ear, O Lord, and give answer for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life for I am faithful; save the servant who trusts in You. You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. Give joy to your servant, O Lord, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 85 from Night Prayer 2/15/16 Lord, sometimes I haven’t been able to “lift up my soul” because I am poor and small and needy. Preserve my life – the life of my soul – despite my unfaithfulness, despite…continued

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Forgiving Who? Loving God by Forgiving Yourself

“Unforgiveness is like standing under the waterfall of God’s grace with an umbrella.” Sometimes we recognize the importance of forgiving others, but neglect to forgive ourselves. Lack of forgiveness builds a wall between me and God, and it doesn’t matter whether I won’t forgive someone who has hurt me or won’t forgive myself. To withhold forgiveness, even to myself, is to make myself a God. Do I really dare to withhold forgiveness from one of God’s precious ones? I place my judgment before God’s when I decide not to forgive. I hold onto control instead of surrendering it to God. I tell God that although He forgives me,…continued

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Humility of Heart & Confidence in God

We needn’t be afraid of our weakness, our nothingness. Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen explains in my favorite book, Divine Intimacy: “…for it is the consciousness of our nothingness which leads us to put all our confidence in God, and the greater this confidence becomes in us, the more convinced we are of our nothingness….I have to acknowledge new failures every day; daily I must begin anew. The more we suffer because of our wretchedness, the more we should run to Jesus, with full confidence in the power of  His Redemption… Let us not be discouraged; if we can humbly acknowledge…continued

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Prayer, Hope, and Mercy

Prayer isn’t always easy. Sometimes it seems as though our prayers aren’t answered despite our insistence. We may feel discouraged, abandoned by God. Other times the prayers become mere obligations to fulfill, and we drag ourselves through saying the simple few that we can. It can be easy to forget what our prayer really means when our feelings are darkened by anxiety or depression and our heart feels unable to respond to God’s love in the ways it has in the past, in the ways it may long to. But we have to remember that our feelings are not facts. Prayer is more than how we feel,…continued

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Deep Conversion: Reflection on Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI, Lent 2011

Pope Benedict XVI wrote a wonderful message for us to encourage our deep conversion during Lent 2011 (for the full text visit the Vatican website here. As this season of sacrifice and penance comes to an end, I pulled a section from the end of his Message to use as a reflection. The section is broken apart to help us reflect more deeply on the words and how they apply to our lives today. Pope Benedict XVI’s words are italicized. A Deep Conversion “In synthesis, the Lenten journey, in which we are invited to contemplate the Mystery of the Cross, is meant to reproduce within us “the…continued

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Dancing with Despair

It is so easy to lose hope. I see so easily all the misery in the world, the painful or broken marriages, the mothers who mourn as their children make poor life choices, shocking violence and profanity, the degradation of human life. The natural response is to wonder “how could a loving and merciful God permit this to happen?” These things can and should drive us to our knees in prayer. Although that may be one of my responses, so often my other reaction is to dance with despair, to allow the pain I see to fill my heart and push…continued

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A Prayer Response to Psalm 139

“Lord, you have probed me and you know me…” You know me, Lord, my weakness; please be my strength. You know me, my faults; please lead me to salvation beyond these many failures. You know me, my wounds and scars; please heal me gently with Your love. You know me, my sins; please wash me in Your mercy. You know me, every ugliness within me is visible to you, and yet when You look at me you see beauty. You know how weak, scarred and wounded, and yet how prideful I am. Still you bring up handfuls of treasures from Your vast storehouse…continued

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