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CLOSING PRAYER By Laurence Freeman OSB

May this Community be a true spiritual home for the seeker, a friend for the lonely, a guide for the confused.

May those who pray here be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to serve all who come and to receive them as Christ himself.

In the silence of this meditation room may all the suffering, violence and confusion of the world encounter the Power that will console, renew and uplift the human spirit.

May this silence be a power to open the hearts of men and women to the vision of God, and so to each other, in love and peace, justice and human dignity.

May the beauty of the Divine Life fill this Community and the hearts of all who pray here with joyful hope.

May all who come here, weighed down by the problems of humanity, leave, giving thanks for the wonder of human life.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Online Meditation Readings: 05 and 06 February | WCCM


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Jul. 5th, 2017 11:05 am (UTC)
Thank you for that.
Jul. 5th, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
You are welcome. :)
Jul. 7th, 2017 10:20 pm (UTC)
I'm betting you really liked yesterday's Richard Rohr.
Jul. 10th, 2017 02:50 am (UTC)
I had not read that meditation; now i have, at your prompting. I usually don't look at meditations critically, but when one of them is called to my attention, my limited critical faculties go into high gear.

Yes, i did really like it. But...

How does one behave spiritually in a world of forms? Prayer and one-on-one comfort would be great if everyone did it spontaneously. like little children. Organized efforts to do good end up going bad. They will not lose themselves in order to find themselves. They put organizational survival ahead of organizational mission and end up somehow betraying the mission. .

The taoist attitude of doing nothing until one is prepared to do it without collateral damage recommends itself to me, as does the Buddhist strategy of Right Action and Right Livelihood.

And the "Gateway to Silence" was so "Newtonian" that William Blake might be turning in his grave. Better would be Teresa of Avila's "All things are passing; God never changes." quoted in today's meditation.

Edited at 2017-07-10 03:03 am (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2017 10:55 am (UTC)

Your good is your good, and I wouldn't gainsay it.

For myself, I acknowledge that we all live in world, or in worlds, of risk, internal, interpermeating, and external. I think that any person, any act, any organizational form (including solitude) with leverage to do anything at all can do harm.

For myself, I embrace action as well as rest, and try to do so honestly and with regard for the others I interact with.

For myself, I reject criteria of purity in really anything.
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