Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Table scrap (Melannie Svoboda)

 Please grant me this one morsel, God. 
Like the Syrophoenician woman, 
I do not ask for banquet fare, 
but merely for table scrap. 
On every given day I pray, 
‘Thy will be done.’ 
But today I beg Thee for this 

--Melannie Svoboda, Just Because:  Prayer-Poems to Delight the Heart

Image source:  Alessandro Allori, Christ and the Canaanite Woman (1590)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Did Trouble Me (Susan Werner)

  When I closed my eyes, so I would not see 
My Lord did trouble me 
When I let things stand that should not be 
My Lord did trouble me 
Did trouble me 
With a word or a sign 
With a ring of a bell in the back of my mind 
Did trouble me 
Did stir my soul 
For to make me human, to make me whole 
When I slept too long and I slept too deep 
Put a worrisome vision into my sleep 
When I held myself away and apart 
And the tears of my brother didn’t move my heart 
And of this I’m sure, of this I know: 
My Lord will trouble me 
Whatever I do, wherever I go 
My Lord will trouble me 

In the whisper of the wind, in the rhythm of a song 
My Lord will trouble me 
To keep me on the path where I belong 
My Lord will trouble me 

To hear this song performed by Susan Werner, click on the video below:

Monday, August 21, 2017

Encounter and acceptance (Pope Francis)

   At the heart of the Gospel of mercy, the encounter and acceptance of others are intertwined with the encounter and acceptance of God himself.  Welcoming others means welcoming God in person!  [You must not let yourselves] be robbed of the hope and joy of life born of your experience of God’s mercy, as manifested in the people you meet on your journey!

--Pope Francis, on the occasion of 
the 2016 World Day of 
Migrants and Refugees

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Where our hearts don't create separation (Nontando Hadebe)

   In a world where exclusion of the other and fear of the other is increasingly becoming the norm, we who follow Emmanuel are called to walk, live and talk in a different way of conversation, working with, [practicing] inclusion in the struggle for a world where our hearts don’t create separation but bring us together as a human family called together to respond to God’s salvation.

--Nontando Hadebe, of Catholic Women Preach

Friday, August 18, 2017

Jesus doesn't say... (Fr. James Martin)

 Jesus doesn’t say help the stranger 
only if there’s no risk to you. 

 --Fr. James Martin