Heart and Soul

Here is my heart, O Holy Life: ancient with the dust of stars, new as the day I was born. What use can it possibly have if it beats only for itself? Here is my soul, O Mystery: reluctantly tethered to flesh, marked with scars and calluses. Who else can recognize it...

When We Consider

O Sovereign Joy, When we observe the creative work of your fingers, we are awed and blessed. How sweet is the morning dew! How comforting is the moon! How faithful are the tides! We pray against the destructive work of human hands that harm your creation: the plastics...

Emmaus

This day, too, is a resurrection, therefore we praise the Most Holy Miracle. This breath, and this one, is a promise fulfilled. Praise and thanks to Life Eternal. These tears are a baptism that make holy our dusty humanity; And this crusty loaf of bread, broken and...

Toast

Cheers to the causes that bring us together as unlikely allies — and blessings on the bread that keeps us seated around the same table. Cheers to the wounds that humble us all to ashes — and blessings on the deep cup that revives us to show up for another...

Betrayal

When we have shouted ourselves hoarseand returned home from the parade,forgive our wavering commitment to love. When we have finished our hymnsand departed from the comforts of worship,forgive our fickle faithfulness. When we have passed the plate of breadand swept up...

Denial

To die for life — what a laugh! To accept the kiss of betrayal — such foolishness! To save by suffering — only delusion! I cannot stand such shame — there is no glory in this, No glory in human death — since Cain, you have known this...

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