Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Prayer of Praise (adapted by yours truly) from Mor Philoxinus of Mabugh (5th Century)

     O God,  I look to You for help, and with You I take refuge,  for You did create the heavens by Your will. O God, You who are the aim of all my hopes and aspirations,  the object of … Continue reading

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HALLMARK THEOLOGY – Thank You, Lord [When I was in college seminary, we students sometimes made snide comments about “Hallmark Theology,” which was something easy to understand, syruppy sweet, memorable, and small enough to fit on a greeting card. Now that I am older, wiser, … Continue reading

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Mystic Monday: Be Sure to Know This

[A faithful reader of this blog sent me a copy of something distributed at a faith-sharing prayer group.  No author was provided. But the poem is beautifully written and the message well taken.] It is God who pursues us who … Continue reading

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Glory to God for All Things: An Akathist – Part 11   

[“This Akathist, also called the “Akathist of Thanksgiving,” was composed by Metropolitan Tryphon (Prince Boris Petrovich Turkestanov) in 1934.  A copy was in possession of Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov shortly before his death in a prison camp in 1940. Suggestion: Light … Continue reading

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Saturday Cinema: The Elevator –     –        (3 min, 38 sec) 

[If good things come in small packages and a picture is worth a thousand words, then this short-film is worth your time.  The idea behind my occasional Saturday Cinema selection is to give you something to think and pray about. … Continue reading

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A (Dinner) Prayer Before and on Holidays

[I came across this beautiful prayer on a Cemetery Website without attribution. After a few mounts of online research, I was delighted to dissever it was written by Father Austin Fleming. I have know this priest since the late 1970’s. … Continue reading

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Remembering Our Loved Ones:        Autumn Days…… 

[Were she still alive, my oldest sister would have turned 60 today.  She was bright, articulate, caring and supportive.   I miss her still.  For Roman Catholics November is a time we remember and pray for our friends and family … Continue reading

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‘merican Mystic James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) 

[A simple definition of a mystic is one who seeks to experience God or the Transcendent.  Many of the greatest mystics have shared some of those experiences through poetry.  This is one a series of posts to share a spiritual … Continue reading

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Saturday Stumper # 5 — Answers

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement. (1) Who Am I? You will know that I am coming From the jingle of my bell, But … Continue reading

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Saturday Stumper # 5  

[In recent years research has suggested that exercising our brains can have a positive effect as we grow older.  Here are a few riddles for you to think about to give your brain a little workout   The correct answers … Continue reading

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