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.
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