Monthly Archives: December 2014

“Abba, I belong to You”

“Abba” [breathed in], “I belong to You” [breathed out]. The “Abba Prayer,” as the late Brennan Manning would call it, was his morning mantra. He spoke about this regularly, and wrote about what he called “the Abba Experience” most passionately … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Sabbath: A Morning Liturgy

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel writes a beautiful little book (100 pages) called, The Sabbath.  I often wondered why so many Christian authors regularly quote him, but after reading him, I can see the affinity there is in understanding God in … Continue reading

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A Morning Prayer: Confession

In the Book of Common Prayer (1962 edition), the first prayer recorded is a liturgical confession: Dearly beloved [children], the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not … Continue reading

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Novices and Saints Alike

In Ronald Rolheiser’s book, Prayer, Our Deepest Longing, he writes: “Prayer is easy only for beginners and for those who are already saints.  During all the long years in between, it is difficult. Why?  Because prayer has the same inner … Continue reading

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Be Thou My Vision

The Irish hymn of the 8th Century, “Be Thou My Vision,” reveals a rich understanding of the value of knowing God relationally in the “present tense.”  But how is it that the Irish had such a clear sense of the … Continue reading

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Late have I loved You

Today’s prayer comes from Augustine’s Confessions, Book 10, Chapter 27: The Everlasting Love (John K. Ryan’s translation). As are so many of his “confessions” – they are prayers of passion. Notice how he addresses this “Beauty so ancient and so … Continue reading

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Prayers of Life

A friend of mine (Mikey Maybe) encouraged me to curate prayers on this blog site. The invitation resonates with my joy to translate the encryptions of God into prayer – for prayer is not the stuff of dogma, it is … Continue reading

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