Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks.
( 1Tes 5:16-18)
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you,
it will be enough.
Christ, we await your coming, and we respond to your invitation to journey to the holy mountain, where there is "no harm or ruin," and where the lion can lie down with the lamb. Help us to be like John the Baptist so we may recognize and announce your love to a world in darkness. Spark our creativity so we may create the way to your peace and justice, working with our sisters and brothers to open new vistas, to promote new ways of being in community and in communion. May the wings of the Holy Spirit open within us, gracing us with inspiration, so our waiting itself becomes the place of a new creation. Amen.
Like a great orchestra
It is a beautiful image which tells us that the Church is like a great orchestra in which there is great variety. We are not all the same and we do not all have to be the same. We are all different, varied, each of us with his own special qualities. And this is the beauty of the Church: everyone brings his own gift, which God has given him, for the sake of enriching others. (Pope Francis, General Audience October 9, 2013)
Ich sehe dich in tausend Bildern,
Maria, lieblich ausgedrückt.
Doch keins von allen kann dich schildern,
wie meine Seele dich erblickt.
Ich weiß nur, dass der Welt Getümmel
mir seitdem wie ein Traum verweht,
und ein unnennbar süßer Himmel
mir ewig im Gemüte steht.
Text: Novalis; Foto: Sr. Adalberta, Divino Amore-Rom