Seven Little Prayers: Monday–Mary Stewart

Cleaning out my wallet I found a little tiny brochure I had picked up from somewhere–don’t recall where.   It was published by Benetvision, which I just googled and learned that it is the website of Sister Joan Chittister.   I like these little prayers of different traditions, so I thought I would share them here, one at a time.

Here’s Monday’s prayer, written by Mary Stewart:

Keep us, O God,
from all pettiness.
Let us be large in thought,
in word, in deed.
Let us be done
with fault-finding
and leave off all self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense
and meet each other face to face,
without self-pity
and without prejudice.

Grant that we may realize that
it is the little things of life that
create differences, that in the
big things of life we are as one.

And, O God,
let us not forget to be kind.

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Letting-Go Lent Tool: Carry a prayer with pray-as-you-go.org

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Now that we are closing in on the end of Lent, this week I will concentrate on themes of Christian spirituality and contemplation. Also, in keeping with my last week’s post on word pollution, keeping the words down to just a word or two about how to maintain stillness during Holy Week seems appropriate.

That’s why I would like to share one of my very favorite daily prayer and meditation tools–pray-as-you-go.org.   It provides daily music, readings and short meditations in audio format that you can download onto your computer or MP3 player in MP3 or WMA format.

 

This is how they describe its contents:

A new prayer session is produced every day.  It is not a ‘Thought for the Day’, a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.

Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.  The aim is to help you to:

  • become more aware of God’s presence in your life
  • listen to and reflect on God’s word
  • grow in your relationship with God.

It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of British Jesuits and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format. 

It’s very easy to subscribe to the podcast.  I download mine every Sunday.  I listen while walking the dog, but you could just as easily listen in the car to work, or anywhere else you might have 15 minutes of alone-time to spare.

In addition, the site contains material on breathing exercises, a “review of the day” program and lots of great links.

So, this is my recommendation for the day.  Visit the site and if it appeals to you, download, or subscribe to the podcast.  This is a good day to do it, because this week they also have programs for the Stations of the Cross.

Enjoy.