“O God our Father, today we are remembering all the ways by which you brought us to this present hour, and we thank you for every step of it.
We thank you for every experience which has come to us, because we know that in it and through it all you have been loving us with an everlasting love.
For gladness and for grief; for sorrow and for joy; for laughter and for tears; for silence and for song; We thank you O God.
That you have kept us in our going out and our coming in.
That you have enabled us to do our work, and to earn our living.
For friends who are still closer to us, and for loved ones who are still more dear.
We thank you O God.
And today, as we remember the passing years, we thank you most of all for Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. Help us to go on, certain that, as you have blessed the past, so the future is also forever in your hands.
– Prof. William Barclay, Scottish Theologian, 1907-1978
“Only in love can I find you, my God. In love the gates of my soul spring open, allowing me to breathe a new air of freedom and forget my own petty self. In love my whole being streams forth out of the rigid confines of narrowness and anxious self-assertion, which make me a prisoner of my own poverty emptiness. In love all the powers of my soul flow out toward you, wanting never more to return, but to lose themselves completely in you, since by your love you are the inmost center of my heart, closer to me than I am to myself.”
– Karl Rahner, SJ, German Jesuit, 1904-1984 [Encounters with Silence]
A DAILY PRAYER
“May the Lord support us all the day long,
till the shades lengthen and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest,
and peace at the last. Amen.”
– Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
When Things Go Wrong
(Originally the prayer of Cardinal Newman, 1801-1890)
“I will trust God. Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve him.
He does nothing in vain. He knows what he is about.
He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers.
He may make me desolate, make my spirits sink,
Hide my future from me, still he knows what he is about.”