A Christian Prayer for Daily Contemplative Practice

Seagrove Beach, FL. Photo by Fran McColman.

Seagrove Beach, FL. Photo by Fran McColman.

O God of Uncreated Light, we come before you now to offer you our selves. We can only do this through your grace.

Grant us the grace of mindfulness. Help us to be calm, so that we may rest in your silence and peace.

Grant us the grace of willingness. Transform our will into yours, with delight and joy.

Grant us the grace of heartfulness. Unite us with you in the mystery of love, that we may love our neighbors as ourselves.

All this we ask with glad confidence and hope in you, O God, by the power of the Holy Spirit through the humanity of your blessed son Jesus Christ. Amen.

I wrote a version of this prayer a few years ago. I’ve adapted it for use in the Winter Feast for the Soul series of podcasts I’m doing in support of a daily Christian meditation/contemplative prayer practice. I thought I’d post it here in case anyone might want to print it out or share it with others. Obviously, I have written this prayer specifically within the context of the Christian tradition, although of course it is my hope that it could be a blessing to people of any or all faith traditions.

If you are praying it in solitude, perhaps you would like to use this version instead (although it’s certainly appropriate to pray in the plural voice, even when alone!):

O God of Uncreated Light, I come before you now to offer you my self. I can only do this through your grace.

Grant me the grace of mindfulness. Help me to be calm, so that I may rest in your silence and peace.

Grant me the grace of willingness. Transform my will into yours, with delight and joy.

Grant me the grace of heartfulness. Unite me with you in the mystery of love, that I may love my neighbor as myself.

All this I ask with glad confidence and hope in you, O God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the humanity of your blessed son Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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  • http://bobholmes.blogspot.com Bob Holmes

    Praying for you and your family. Carl, Thank you for sharing out of the depths of your soul.

    Peace+

  • http://www.nurturingspace.ca nurturingspace

    Thanks for including this. I have enjoyed hearing it on Winter Feast.

    • Marcia

      Thank you, this was a very thoughtful prayer indeed. I’m sorry, but I thought of John O’Donohue when I read it/as well. God Bless you.

      • Carl McColman

        You’re welcome. I’m honored (and humbled!) that you would think of someone as elegantly articulate as John O’Donohue when reading this prayer. Many blessings to you.

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  • Robin Carlo

    Carl, I greatly enjoyed the 40 days of the Winter Feast for the Should (and also a course I took with you at Columbia Theological Seminary about a year ago. I just read the following article in the Washington Post and thought you might enjoy it:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-next-pope-should-be-a-mystic/2013/02/28/c301458e-81bb-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html

    I will see you next month at Montreat! Thanks so much for introducing me to the world of the mystics!

    Robin Carlo

    • Carl McColman

      Thanks, Robin. Looking forward to Montreat. And isn’t that Post article exciting: mysticism goes mainstream! Now, if only there really were a mystical cardinal (and he could get the votes)!


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