"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What I want for Christmas...


"O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!


Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is discord, harmony.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sorrow, joy.



Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not

so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love;

for it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life."
.
-Prayer of St. Francis
.
Art:  Fresco - St. Francis at Greccio

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Terry.
    Is that fresco from the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi?
    I had the wonderful fortune of being there a year ago; wish I could have spent HOURS there contemplating the frescoes...alas, I was pushed through the mob of pilgrims/tourists since we had a limited time.
    Thank you for this great reminder.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Father - I'm not sure where the fresco is from - possibly Greccio?

    ReplyDelete


Please comment with charity and avoid ad hominem attacks. I exercise the right to delete comments I find inappropriate. If you use your real name there is a better chance your comment will stay put.