Book of Common Prayer: In the Morning link
This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth,
but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.
If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.
If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.
And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus.
Prayer of St Benedict link
O gracious and holy Father,
Give us wisdom to perceive you,
intelligence to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to see you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi link
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so
much seek to be consoled, as to console,
not so much to be understood, as to
understand, not so much to be loved, as
to love; for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Note: Last week, I was looking for NT Wright’s thoughts on joy. I stumbled onto this talk by Jürgen Moltmann with
Miroslav Volf interviewed Wright last week. At first, I thought it was interesting, but, within a few minutes, I was
intrigued by the joy found by Moltmann during WW2. I found myself listening and felt buoyed by his faith found in
a prison. He is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen
and is known for his books such as the Theology of Hope, The Crucified God, God in Creation and other contributions to systematic theology.
Jürgen Moltmann is the husband of Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel, a notable feminist theologian.
Benediction: St Patrick link
May the strength of God pilot us;
May the wisdom of God instruct us,
May the hand of God protect us,
May the word of God direct us.
Be always ours this day and forevermore.