Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

A morning prayer greets the new dawn
With joyful praise and offering;
An evening prayer, when day is done,
Closes the day with thanksgiving.

Small acts of prayer throughout the day
Retain the soul in God’s presence;
In time that’s set aside to pray,
The soul’s restored with God’s essence.

Prayer can fill all the day’s white space
With presence, peace, and vigilance;
The heart is held firmly in place
As prayer sustains perseverance.

When the heart falls, prayer is the way:
To reconcile and return;
To reclaim what had gone astray;
To walk again – to live and learn.

To humble hearts that persevere,
The Lord’s mercy is always near.

Holy Spirit, grant us the grace
Of patience and perseverance;
And hold our hearts steadfast in place,
That we may dwell in Your presence. Amen.

References:

Sources:

St Teresa Of Jesus, The Way of Perfection

St John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel

Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2697, 2742-2745, 2664, 2667-2668, 2728, 2731, 2733

(c) Paul Buis, 2005

 

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