Saint John of Damascus (c. 675 – c. 749) ON PRAYER

[This is the twenty-fourth of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her.  Today is this saint’s Feast. For more about him, visit the Saint of the Day blog on the right column of this blog.]

Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God 
or the requesting of good things from God.

A Prayer by St. John of Damascus
Hold dominion over my heart, O Lord:
Keep it as your inheritance.
Make your dwelling in me,
Along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Widen in me the cords of your tabernacle,
Even the operations of your Most Holy Spirit.
For you are my God, and I will praise you,
together with the Eternal Father,
And our quickening Spirit,
Now, henceforth and forever.  Amen.

[This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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