Category: faith

Saint Patrick’s Day Prayer

Saint Patrick’s Day Prayer

I always loved Patrick’s Rune in Madeleine L’Engle’s Swiftly Tilting Planet. I loved the cadence of it and the words that called upon elements and things outside ourselves and our control. It’s somehow both humbling and comforting. So, today I give you St. Patrick’s Breast-Plate I bind to myself todayThe strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:I believe the Trinity in the UnityThe Creator of the Universe. I bind to myself todayThe virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day. I bind to myself todayThe virtue […]

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the need for blood

the need for blood

There is a need in our lives for atonement. There is a need for blood. I think there’s something interesting about our faith that it recognizes a need for blood and connects that need for blood with a sense of atonement. We have within us a basic sense of our desperate condition. As Malcolm Muggeridge regularly insisted, the depravity of humankind is at once the most unpopular of the Christian doctrines and yet the most empirically verifiable. We are aware—or reminded often—that we are not quite what we should be, what we could be, what we were intended to be. Something went wrong, something we yearn to see made right, […]

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a prayer for lent

Lord, Thank you for all the amazing ways we’ve grown this past year. For the ways You’ve changed us, drawn us nearer to You, opened our eyes and given us strength. I pray that as we go into this time of Lent we would empty ourselves before You. Speak to our hearts and reveal the places within us You would have empty; whatever we fear the most. want the most. that which has been consistently in our prayers. May we bring it before Your throne and empty ourselves of it. May we sit in this emptiness, even when it’s uncomfortable. In the darkness let us be still knowing we are […]

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