Poems, Prayers and Reflections. Lent 2018.

Poems, Prayers and Reflections. Lent 2018.

A selection of poems, prayers and reflections from some of our members.

Love and ashes

our bodies make lines
and our hearts beat
repent, repent

make us more honest in
forty days
conversion time

prepare us, Mystery,
for an eternity
with you, true Love

create in us clean hearts
draw us closer–
Love, we are yours

You are our heartbeat
You are our way
help us fast, pray

lines of ash pressed into
our faces, worn with love
renewed, restored

the lines of time move
forward; we embrace
our destiny

death comes for us all
our graves are ahead
dust. ash. dust. ash

our bodies make lines
and our hearts beat
repent, repent

A Litany for the Teens in Parkland, FL.

Julia Walsh

Originally posted on her Blog, https://messyjesusbusiness.com/2018/02/22/a-litany-for-the-teens-in-parkland-fl/

Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. 
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

For our failure to protect children, God, have mercy.  
For our failure to elect leaders who protect lives, God, have mercy.  
For our failure to end unjust laws, God, have mercy.  
For our tendency to justify evil, God, have mercy.  
For our tendency to complicate love, God, have mercy.  
For our greed, God, have mercy.  
For our pride, God, have mercy.  
For our violence, God, have mercy.  
For our excuses, God, have mercy.  
For our selfishness, God, have mercy.  
For our stubbornness, God, have mercy.  
For our love of guns, God, have mercy.  
For our desecration of childhood, God, have mercy.  
For our desecration of the vocation of teaching, God, have mercy.  
For our desecration of schools, God, have mercy.  
For our desecration of the joy of being young, God, have mercy.  
For permitting a society full of inequality, God, have mercy.  
For allowing money to have more power than people, God, have mercy.  
For putting any life above another life, God, have mercy.  
For calling people monsters, God, have mercy.  
For our failure to love our enemies, God, have mercy.  
For our failure to believe in you, God, have mercy.  
For our failure to follow your nonviolent way, God, have mercy.  
For our failure to trust You, God, have mercy.  
For our failure to trust each other, God, have mercy.  
For our failure to love one another, God, have mercy.  

Heal our sorrow, Help us, Good God.
Mend our hearts, Help us, Good God.
Make us yours Help us, Good God.

For teens who teach us how to raise our voice, We thank you God.
For teens who turn trauma into strength, We thank you God.
For teens who lead us on the path of peace, We thank you God.
For teens who speak Truth to power, We thank you God.
For teens who lead us to true freedom, We thank you God.
For teens who are smart and articulate, We thank you God.
For teens who are deep and wise,  We thank you God.
For teens who are the hope of this nation, We thank you God.
For teens who offer their gifts to the greater good, We thank you God.

Heal our sorrow, Help us, Good God.
Mend our hearts, Help us, Good God.
Make us yours Help us, Good God.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. 
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Revenge, Forgiveness and Jesus

Adrienne Keller

Originally posted on her Blog, https://vabutsy.com/

“…Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself…” Philippians 2:6-8

The sweet spot of revenge
Is power reclaimed
I am better than the other

The sourness of revenge
Is power abused
I am just like the other

The sweet spot of forgiveness
Is pride reasserted
I am better than the other

The sourness of forgiveness
Is pride abused
I am just like the other

The sweet spot of Christ
Is forgiveness
Without pride
Without power

I am who am
I am just like the other

(photo credit https://www.innerblissyogastudio.com/iby-chatter/2016/1/19/google-apple-nike-and-more-offer-meditation-at-work)

2018-02-24T10:52:31+00:00

2 Comments

  1. Julett Monroe February 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    In Silence With I AM

    They tried to silence me
    They did not like my opinions
    They called me names like Libtard
    They said I was most judgmental,
    Falsely Christian, condescending
    They are my family, my loved ones
    They do not know me

    They say be careful what I say,
    That I am crude, disrespectful,
    Nasty, lack class and strongly opinionated
    They said I am out of control and
    need them in my life to regain balance
    They are my family, my loved ones
    They have not walked in my shoes

    They say to not speak about politics or religion
    In order to have friends, to have peace in the family
    They are my family, my loved ones
    Others say speak out for justice, against violence
    That to be silent is to be complicit
    These are my friends, companions on the journey
    Creator God, who am I and what do I need to say?

    In reflection, I am aware of truths, exaggerations, untruths
    For the former, I am truly sorry and seek forgiveness
    For the untruths or exaggerations I grant forgiveness
    Lastly, being made in Thy image and likeness,
    Give me the grace to harm no one by my words,
    Thoughts or actions, even if that keeps me silent
    Help me to see Thy hand in all people and in creation

    • Catholic Women Speak Admin February 26, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Thank you for this contribution, which many of us will relate to.

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