Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord
Lord hear my voice
be attentive to my cry.
If you remember our sin
who could bear it?
No, your glory is your forgiveness.
My soul hopes in the Lord; .
I take my stand on his word.
More than the sleepless awaiting the dawn
my soul awaits him.
As a vigiler awaits the dawn
let his friends await the Lord.
For with him is grace in abundance!
Out of the depths
I take my stand on his word.
DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J.]]>
that joins us together, not what separates us.
For when we see only what makes us
we too often become aware of what is wrong with
We see only their faults and weaknesses,
interpreting their actions as flowing from
malice or hatred rather than fear.
Even when confronted with evil, Lord,
you forgave and sacrificed yourself
rather than sought revenge.
Teach us to do the same by the power of your Spirit.]]>
How do I kill time?
Let me count the ways.
By worrying about things
over which I have no control.
Like the past.
Like the future.
By harboring resentment
real or imagined.
By disdaining the ordinary
or, rather, what I
By concern over what’s in it for me,
rather than what’s in me
By failing to appreciate what is
Because of might-have-beens,
These are some of the ways
I kill time.
Jesus didn’t kill time.
He gave life to it.
LEO ROCK, S.J.]]>
There are days when I reflect
upon the moments of my history
and I taste satisfied fragrance,
like a well-aged bottle of wine.
It is easy then to ponder
the beauty of Isaiah’s God:
holding me in tender arms,
etching my name on divine palms.
There are other long-spent days
when I chew upon my memories,
only to taste the dry crumbs
of stale and molded bread.
How difficult then to perceive
the steadfast love of God;
How empty then is my longing
for a sense of divine embrace.
There are yet other days
when I sit at a great distance,
looking at the life that is mine;
threading the loom of my past
with a deep belief in faithfulness.
It is then that I see how fidelity
has little to do with fine feelings,
and everything to do with deep trust,
believing the One who holds me in joy
will never let go when sorrow sets in.
Batter my heart, three-person’d God; for You
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your forces to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp’d town, to another due
Labour to admit You, but O, to no end;
Reason, Your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betrothed unto Your enemy;
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
Take me to You, imprison me, for I
Except You enthral me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except You ravish me.
At land’s end, end of tether
where the sea turns in sleep
and my spirit fails and runs
landward, seaward, askelter
I pray you
this hireling heart
turn your face to me
-winged, majestic, angelic-
my prayer goest up-
show me your face, 0 God!
-DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J.]]>
the world’s true sun,
ever rising, never setting,
whose life-giving warmth
nourishes and gladdens
all things in heaven and on earth:
shine in my soul I pray,
scatter the night of sin,
and the clouds of error.
Blaze within me,
that I may go my way without stumbling,
taking no part in the shameful deeds
of those who wander in the dark,
but all my life long
walking as one native to the light.
of God is veiled in a mystery. It is impossible to say
exactly what it means to have been created in the
image of God. Perhaps we may surmise the intention
was for man to be a witness for God, a symbol of
God. Looking at man, one should be able to sense the
presence of God. But instead of living as a witness,
man, in so many ways, has become an imposter;
instead of becoming a symbol, he became an idol. In
man’s presumption he has developed a false sense of
sovereignty which fills the world with terror.
RABBI ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL]]>
Hear 0 Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Praised be His glorious sovereignty throughout all time.
Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, with all your might. And these words which
I command you this day you shall take to heart. You
shall diligently teach them to your children. You shall
recite them at home and away, morning and night.
You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, they
shall be a reminder above your eyes, and you shall
inscribe them upon the doorposts of your homes and
upon your gates.
The twice-daily recitation of the “Sh’ma” is one of the fundamental elements of Jewish worship. Its recitation is an affirmation of the unity of God and a reminder lovingly to infuse one’s life, in all its aspects, with God’s word.]]>