[To be Christians our prayer must] ... be the prayer of earnest love for those very sons of perdition who stand around and gaze at us with eyes aflame with hatred, and who have perhaps already raised their hands to kill us. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost Of Discipleship, p. 168) 25 March 2012
Most kind Jesus, grant, me your grace so that it may be with me and work with me and remain with me to the end. Grant me this: always to desire and to want what is most acceptable and pleasing to you. Let your will be mine, and let my will always follow yours and be in perfect accord with it. Let what I want always be what you want, and let me not want anything that you do not want.
Grant that nothing in the world will be as important to me as you are, and for your sake grant that I may serve you with deep humility and love, caring little for recognition or honor. Grant above all else, that I may rest in you and that my heart may find peace in you. You are the heart's true peace; you are its only rest. Apart from you everything is hard and uneasy. Only in this peace that is you, highest and eternal Good, do I find sleep and take my rest. Amen.
(Thomas 'A Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 3, Chapter 15, p. 103)
22 March 2012
Dear God, give me hills to climb and the determination to climb them, races to win and the desire to win them. May your power be my strength. Amen. (The Promise of God's Power For The Graduate, p. 115)
A fine old age can never be taken for granted. It represents perpetual victories and perpetual recoveries from defeats. (Andre Gide in Keepers Of The Wisdom, by Karen Casey, 15 January)
I know that death is as much a part of who I am as my birth, my job, and my retirement. It's just the beginning of a whole other experience. (Fran Coyne, in Keepers Of The Wisdom, by Karen Casey, 25 February)
The valley of the shadow of death can be a seductive place, impossible to enjoy but hard to leave. (Harold S. Kushner, The Lord Is My Shepherd, p. 98) 16 March 2012
I pray that I may follow God's guidance, so that spiritual success shall be mine. I pray that I may never doubt the power of God and so take things into my own hands. (Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 19 February) 2 March 2012
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