Oh God, I wish from now on
to be the first to become conscious
of all that the world loves, pursues, and suffers;
I want to be the first to seek,
to sympathize and to suffer;
the first to unfold and sacrifice myself
to become more widely human
and more nobly of the earth
than of any of the world’s servants.
PIERRE TEILLHARD DE CHARDIN, S.J. (1881-1955)
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God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
His light may be compared to a niche in which is a lamp,
the lamp in a glass,
the glass as it were a glittering star kindled from a Blessed tree,
an olive that is neither of the East nor of the West
whose oil would almost shine forth though no fire touches it.
Light upon light, God guides to His light whom He will.
God speaks in metaphors to me.
God has knowledge of all things.
QUR’ AN 24:35
The Qur’an is the complete compilation of the Prophet Muhammad’s (d.632) revelations from the One God.
Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brindled cow;
all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced –
fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; a dazzle, dim;
He fathers – forth whose beauty is past change:
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, S]
Wisdom shines bright and never grows dim. Those who love her and look for her can easily find her. She is quick to make herself known to anyone who desires her. Get up early in the morning to find her, and you will have no problem. You will find her sitting at your door.
To fasten your attention on Wisdom is to gain perfect understanding. If you look for Wisdom you will soon find peace of mind, because she will be looking for those who are worthy of her, and she will find you wherever you are. She is kind, and will be with you in your every thought.
Wisdom begins when you sincerely want to learn.
(Wisdom of Solomon, chapter 6).
Dear God, help me teach my students how to live their life on earth, to face its struggles and improve the Church and civil society. May my teaching help them learn more than just a lesson in a book; may it also help them learn right from wrong. I ask your guidance, O Spirit of Wisdom, to do my part in forging character and bringing your grace to their hearts. Amen.
My God, I believe most firmly that you watch over all who hope in you, and that we can want for nothing if we rely upon you in all things. Therefore I am determined for the future to have no anxieties and to cast all my cares upon you. “In you, O Lord, I have hoped. Let me never be confounded.”
Claude de la Colombière
Lord Jesus, I have broken today the bread of your Body, and at this altar I drank the chalice of your Blood. It was your passion and death which made this possible. Holy Communion has made me one with you. Accept my thanks for this oneness which makes me holy out of all proportion to my human nature. There is now something of the divine about me. Your coming to me today is a pledge which I have from God of eternal life as a member of God’s heavenly family. Glory be to you, Lord Jesus.
We give you thanks, almighty God, for the life and knowledge which you have made known to us through Jesus your Son. To you be the glory for evermore.
You have created all things for the sake of your name, and have given food and drink for everyone to enjoy, that they may give thanks to you. But to us you have given spiritual food and drink and eternal life, through Jesus your Son. As this broken bread was scattered over the hills and then, when gathered, became one mass, may your Church, in the same way, be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. For yours is the glory and power through Jesus Christ for evermore.
Above all we give you thanks because you are almighty. To you be the glory for evermore.
The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.
Most loving Lord Jesus:
May you alone be always my hope, my entire assurance, my riches and my delight,
my pleasure and joy, my rest and tranquility, my sweetness and peace,
my food and refreshment, my refuge and help, my wisdom and treasure;
may my mind and heart be fixed and firm in you,
and in you be rooted for all eternity.