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    • Posted by pbegeman on October 6, 2022 at 3:29 pm #128615

      To Practice

      • “One of them … threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.” The spiritual discipline of offering gratitude for one’s blessings, naming them before God, and giving thanks, is a source of light and energy in life. Beverly Lanzetta offers us a prayer of gratitude which she invites us to read following the movements: bow, kneel, lay, rise, heart, pray, bow. Practice these as movements of your body or imagined movements of the heart, whatever feels most comfortable. One of our team members, John Farrelly of Ireland, has recorded a reading of this prayer so that you may listen and pray with your body, following the prompts. You can find this 4 1/2 minute recording here.

      In Praise & Gratitude

      Holy Earth, Holy Cosmos,
      I bow before you
      With my whole being.
      Holy Creatures, Holy Nature,
      I kneel upon the earth
      In honour and thanksgiving
      Of your blessed bounty.
      Holy Waters, Holy Mountains,
      I lay my body on your temple
      In gratefulness for nurturing
      My tender soul.
      Holy Passion, Holy Longing,
      I rise up before you
      A devotee of truth,
      Following wherever you lead me.
      Holy Silence, Holy Solitude,
      I place my hands over my heart
      Breathing in serenity,
      Breathing out your peace.
      Holy Sorrow, Holy Suffering,
      I close my hands in prayer
      May I bear every wound
      With compassion and non-harm.
      Holy Humility, Holy Emptiness,
      I bow my head before you
      I have become nothing,
      For your All to shine in my soul.
      Holy Freedom, Holy Rejoicing,
      I open my heart to the world
      Offering myself to this day,
      In joyfulness and gratitude.
      – Beverly Lanzetta, excerpted from “Canticle of Praise,” A Feast of Prayers

      If you wish, you can read the full Sunday reflection here:

    • Posted by tcf2_comcast_net on October 9, 2022 at 1:43 pm #128661

      I have at times done these things. By no means often enough, however.

    • Posted by Adeline Behm on October 11, 2022 at 2:42 am #128681

      A first perusal of this week’s Word of the Week, phrase “divine ambush” fit the difficult encounter experience this past Saturday. I experienced an aliveness of ‘being held”. Instead of being drained there is a flow of courage to engage in this situation of injustice. I usually flee bullies; now I face the bully with compassion “for they know not the harm they are perpetuate”. Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. So much to be grate for – trusting this Ambusher.

    • Posted by linda rhead on October 15, 2022 at 4:43 pm #128756

      Sunday October 9: Ambushed by Big Love

      Rilke’s poetry strikes to edge of the singing bowl that is my soul, sounding a call for all creation to come, pray with me. We hold a collective breath, exhale as the bowl’s tone ebbs into Love’s silent embrace. All Creation and I know we are beloved. <3 linda

    • Posted by Adeline Behm on October 15, 2022 at 8:33 pm #128757

      Linda “the edge of the singing bowl” spoken into my soul.

      Ambushed by great Love took me into the unknown depths of darkness to an assured presence in a difficult situation supporting all involved. I had this sense that Great Love was saying I’ve got this. There was this movement from this is too too much for me/us to being held by I’ve got this.

      Grateful to you Linda and all in our Word of the Week community.

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